A little background first. My wife and i have been together for about 15 years now (married 10), I was a shooter when we met, and have spent the majority of our life together in the military (not the support side of the house either). Up until 2006 I was stationed in Commiefornia and we were living on base. I saw no need to have any of my firearms there and so through a round-about way they ended up in a storage unit in DC. About four months ago we talked about me getting a hand gun and starting to shoot again, I enjoy shooting, and again we are no longer living on a military post, where you could literally sleep with your doors open.... We laid down some ground rules about common sense stuf, keeping it in the safe etc... Now my wife has ZERO personal experience with personally owned firearms andbases her opinions and decisions ontose of her co workers, and (gasp) the media. so my meager collection of three pistols and a shotgun is pure overkill to her, I am constantley hearing about how "we are ready for the invasion"... she refuses to allow my kids to be in the same room as any of my firearms, and almost had a nervous breakdown when I sat down with my kids and had the madatory saftey briefing last time. Reason does not seem to work as she will not put aside emotion long enough. Well tonight one of her female friends came over to drop her daughter off and began asking when I was going to teach her to shoot, as she wanted to purchase a gun for her house (single mom). We had a rather long discussion about needs, saftey and storage. She then asked to look at what I kept here, about 5 minutes later my wife lost it, "I cant believe you would pull those out when there are kids around.... Your son is fascinated.....etc..." Well number one, I am glad my son is fascinated, if he had said "Dad, thats nice but I would rather look at mom's purses" I would be a little worried... I cant wait for him to master the BB gun so we can move into a .22....any way, what I would like to know, is how many of you have been through similar experiences with your significant other, and how did you handle it?