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Anyone Have or Use A CCW Badge ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by SevenMichael, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. SevenMichael

    SevenMichael Active Member

    There are several web sites which offer CCW Badges. I'm just curious if anyone out there has one of these badges ?

    If so, what was your reason for getting it ? Have you ever "used" or "revealed" it ? Under what circumstances ?

    Would it be of any benefit to have one to show an LEO ? In what circumstances ?

    Here's a couple of links to a site that sell the badges, so you can see what I'm talking about.



    Thanks for your input. ;)
  2. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    This question has been asked before, with an almost universally negative response. I personally believe there is no legitimate use for them and that arriving police are going to take a very dim view of someone flashing one of these badges.
  3. Mannix

    Mannix Well-Known Member

    IMO, they're just worthless mall ninja crap.

    I mean if you flash a badge at an officer, it's going to take a second for him to notice it's just a CCW badge, and then the officer will more than likely consider you to just be another LE wannabe. If you need to show an officer that you're armed, show him your carry permit.
  4. Ohen Cepel

    Ohen Cepel Well-Known Member

    Don't have one, don't want one. I think it's foolish bordering on real stupid.
  5. Phydeaux642

    Phydeaux642 Well-Known Member

    I carry my CCW permit, as required by law, so no badge for me. I'd feel like a 10 year old playing cops and robbers if I did.


    "Phydeaux, bad dog....no biscuit!"
  6. Crunker1337

    Crunker1337 Well-Known Member

    I think they're utterly useless. Carry your license with you and show it to LE.
  7. Fisherman_48768

    Fisherman_48768 Well-Known Member

    Haven't heard of one of those badges stopping an assault yet< I'd much rather pull my weapon instead.
  8. yesit'sloaded

    yesit'sloaded Well-Known Member

    The only possible reason I can see for having one is to keep it on your holster so that if some sheep sees it they won't freak out and call the cops for a man with a gun call. Other than that I hear they make nice shiny targets out at 100 yards.
  9. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    Not only no but NO !!!!!
  10. SevenMichael

    SevenMichael Active Member

    Situation Where It Might Be Used ?

    I have a real-life example where such a badge "MIGHT" be useful.

    While driving one day, I apparently wasn't driving fast enough and didn't move over quick enough for a road-raged guy behind me. Not only did he flip me off and yell irrately; when we stopped at a light a couple of blocks ahead, he got out of his car and came to my window and continued ranting and cussing me. So hard in fact, he was spitting on my window.

    I definitly felt I was in physical danger, and was glad I had my doors locked and windows up; even though he did not show any weapons. At the time I did not have my CCW; but I've often thought about that event and questioned myself as to whether or not I would have drawn or revealed it to him.

    Any thoughts from any one on whether or not one of these CCW Badges would acheive anything in such a situation ?

    As angry as this guy was, I'm not certain he would have know it wasn't an LEO badge or not .... and if he took the time to look at it closely, he would then know there was a chance I was carrying.

    So, what are your thoughts ?? :confused:
  11. Fisherman_48768

    Fisherman_48768 Well-Known Member

    If your going to flash a badge and get laughed at for the effort, at least pull a badge that will cause them to laugh so hard they fall over. This is what I'd flash-disarms em everytime. [​IMG]
  12. Rexster

    Rexster Well-Known Member

    I don't always carry my police badge when off the clock and in plain clothes. Fake badges, and real badges carried by unauthorized persons, have become so prevalent that few give much credence to badges these days around here. As for flashing a badge to stop an assault, please be advised that flashing a badge just may get you killed instead of merely stomped. Back to the original questions: NO! NO! & NO!
  13. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam


    as I don't need no stinking badge~! :D

    I had to wear (or carry) a real police badge for years as a sworn officer; but now that I'm
    retired, its just a memory~!
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2007
  14. 2RCO

    2RCO Well-Known Member

    CCW Badges have one great use--Labeling yourself as an Uber-Dork and letting everyone else know you probably keep a spare tinfoil hat alongside your Nunchuck and throwing star collection. It will probably also help to explain the ductaped body armor you wear on your back.
  15. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    A CCW Badge...Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...Quit. Yer killing me...Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....Go ahead and get one. It's yer money...But don't let a cop see it and I wouldn't flash it in public......:D :D :D :D

    You might have more authority if you have Crossing Guard badge. No...On second thought. That insults crossing guards...:neener:
  16. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Well-Known Member

    Also a good way to get arrested for impersonating a police officer.
  17. Ragnar Danneskjold

    Ragnar Danneskjold Well-Known Member

    There's no need to make disparaging comments towards the OP. He's only got 32 posts, so I doubt he's seen all of the other CCW badge threads. Give him a break.

    As for the badges, like others have said, the only possible use I can see for one is if you wore it next to your weapon, and if it got exposed, there would be no "man with a gun" phone calls by paranoid soccer moms.

    But I've learned that simply dressing and presenting yourself nicely alleviates all of that hassle as well. I don't really make an attempt to conceal that much, and even open carry when I feel like it. I just make a point to wear nice clothes, like khakis and polos, stay shaved and have a good haircut. So far no one has said a single thing about my weapon.

    Now if one dresses like a slob, punk or gangbanger, than yeah, you would need a badge of some sort and hope that you got written off as a plainclothes or UC cop.
  18. jaholder1971

    jaholder1971 Well-Known Member

    Incredibly Stupid

    Nuff' Said
  19. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    LEOs carry guns and have badges. If that descibes you, "thank you for your service." If it does not, "leave the novelty badges at home."
  20. bakert

    bakert Well-Known Member

    Aw come on now. Someone here has to have one:D:D

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