Welcome to the forum!
As this thread is sort of a compilation of several topics, I'm going to go ahead and close it. Introductions should go in the New Members sticky thread and these other topics... revolvers, shotguns, tactics, all have a forum of their own.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.