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Do ya ever fret about which gun to carry

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by 357smallbore, Jun 11, 2020.

  1. 1942bull
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    I fret not. I carry the same gun 24/7 every day of the year. If i am ever required to defend myself with an EDC pistol I know that my life will depend upon my expertise and accuracy with that pistol. Expertise is often defined as knowing more and more about less and less.

    I recall my experience in boot camp learning the M1. After sleeping with it at times, cleaning it almost daily, and even learning how to disassemble be and reassemble it blindfolded I knew that rifle in as close to an intimate way one can become with an inanimate object. It would be y lifeline in combat, as would the M14, M16. M1911 weapons I was issued over ten years. Expertise grows out of the knowledge developed from consistency of exposure. Learning, and use. I know my EDC well. Is shoot accurately under any conditions. My life may depend upon my knowing it well and becoming more expert in using it.

    ‘I am a one EDC gun man.
     
  2. Fiv3r

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    I have to pick a gun around my attire. Not all of us can wear an over shirt or even an untucked shirt for our jobs.

    I prefer a .357 revolver as I shoot it best and feel that it brings a lot of punch. However, most days, I am regulated to carrying a BG380 in my jeans pocket since I wear a tucked in polo. If I am going casual at work (untucked work tee shirt), I opt for a .45 Shield IWB. I shoot both well with the nod going to the Shield.

    Next month I am going on vacation and plan on wearing mostly open Hawaiian style shirts over a tank top and cargo shorts. I will be driving a lot (thus sitting). The IWB carry will not be optimal. I won't have to worry about my gun showing, so I most likely will be carrying the .357 in a shoulder holster while driving and will probably have to rely on the Shield while out and about. I shoot both well, both are very corrosion resistant, and both bring a good bit of thump.

    In short, I dont fret over what I am carrying, but I have to be mindful of what I can carry based on the days dress and activities.
     
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  3. Mike J

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    For me 99% of the time I carry a S&W M&P 2.0 Compact. If for some reason I am dressed where I don't feel like I can conceal it well enough I go to a Kahr CM9.
     
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  4. FFGColorado

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    I prefer to EDC my Glock26 but clothes may dictate I carry my Glock 42..
     
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  5. 460Shooter

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    Fret about it? No.

    I don't do a rotation per say. I have 4 carry guns. I choose the gun that is in my opinion the most likely to be adequate for any scenario I might encounter in that day's activities, and that I can most effectively conceal.

    I also have several guns I open carry, and I use the same decision matrix, minus the concealment concerns.
     
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  6. P5 Guy

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    Being poor seems to settle a lot of issues.
    G26 and a 17 round magazine reload.
     
  7. Kleanbore

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    Good thinking.

    Good thinking.

    And that's the reason.

    I have never understood why on Earth one would have a "carry rotation".

    When we go to the range, we can have a lot of fun picking up and firing our SIG P210, our Colt Woodsman, our Colt Gold Cup, our Model 10, and our 1950 Target.

    We know how to use them all, and we know exactly which one we are about to pick up from the bench.

    But when we head out for the day carrying a defensive firearm, we are not "going shooting". We really should not be putting much though into our firearm, or trying to keep straight in our mind which one we are carrying that day.

    Should we be faced with an ambush, we will have to react instantly, effectively, and without a hiccup.

    We should not want to introduce the need to complicate our reaction by having to touch the firearm and to discern "this is my LCP today", unless there is a good reason.

    Carrying one Glock vs another, or a Model 10 with a different barrel length, or a Commander vs a Model 1911 would not add that complication.

    The time to enjoy variety is at the range.
     
  8. mcb

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    No never fret about it, even when I choose not to carry.
     
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  9. WheelGunMan

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    I can carry my LCR357 or my P365XL without cause. I'm intricately familiar with the operation of both.
     
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  10. herrwalther

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    I have two handguns setup for carry at the moment. Both have the same trigger pull distance and weight. Biggest difference is one is a double stack 9mm with an optic the other is a single stack. The single stack gets carried less than the full sized. I keep them stored in completely different areas which saves the "fretting." If it is abnormally hot or humid outside, I tend to grab the smaller firearm.
     
  11. Ed Ames

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    I don’t fret. I don’t really go back and forth. But I do make choices based on circumstances.

    I suspect having a single carry gun is a bit like having a single pair of pants. It’s just fine as long as you always stay in one environment, but it doesn’t work for everyone.
     
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  12. Tallball

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    "Carrying one Glock vs another, or a Model 10 with a different barrel length, or a Commander vs a Model 1911 would not add that complication."


    Neither does carrying one DAO handgun versus another one. Someone may argue that you should use most of your practice time on one handgun instead of spread out over three, but as long as they all have the same "manual of arms" it's not complicated.
     
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  13. el Godfather

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    Sig P226 Elite has replaced my Glock 19 for its in my son's collection now.
     
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  14. Corpral_Agarn

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    I only really consider changing my carry gun when I'm on the ranch, going hiking, or am looking to prove a point to a class or group I'm shooting with.

    Other than that, I carry my obsolete (and discontinued) Sig P239.
     
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    Honestly, if I had to start from scratch, I'd buy one 9mm handgun and focus a lot more on buying ammunition and practicing with it. For the first five years that I was a shooter, I focused waaay to much on buying more guns. Thankfully, I've grown out of that phase (mostly :D).

    In addition, shooting one firearm with one drill is a good way to measure improvement. When you're switching between firearms, the results of one drill shot with one handgun are not not a valid comparison to the results of one drill shot with another.
     
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  16. Zendude

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    I get indecisive about which gun to carry. Capacity, comfort, reliability, which one do i shoot best, etc.
     
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  17. sparkyv

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    I like this.
     
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  18. Haywood

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    I would like to carry my 4” Taurus Tracker. My back is not that great and after a while I have to take it off. I just don’t try anymore.
     
  19. BWS

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    Avatar commander is my buddy gun,always by my side except;

    If specific handgun hunting requirements call for something else,the little Colt stays home. When rifle hunting though,the commander is the perfect backup for me.

    In the past,have a very long relationship with a 4" Colt Diamondback .38 used the same as above. And before that,it was a 4" "early" 629. A 4" Python might be in there too filling the backup role.
     
  20. Armored farmer

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    Oh yes. I am indecisive sometimes about which one to carry. Stand at the safe staring up at the wall tapping my chin, contemplating my options......yeah really. To the point of making me late.
    Most usually the lcp or SR9C goes........I'm even having trouble deciding which one to list here!
    ......let me think about it for a minute.
     
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  21. Boattale

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    Nope. This.
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  22. Old Dog

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    No.

    Although I still occasionally pack a 1911 (Commander-length or full-size) for nostalgia's sake (and no, I don't fret about possibly "forgetting" to swipe off the safety in a critical moment, I've been shooting this pistol for fifty years), I usually carry a SIG of some sort. Draw, point, pull trigger. I have SIGs of all sizes, so I don't fret about what to wear to complement my gun, either.
     
  23. 35 Whelen
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    I certainly don't fret about it, I switch depending on the application. I'm about to go to the farm/ranch store for some feed then will come home and be working around the place the rest of the day. I've already strapped on the beater 4" Model 10 that I carry most. If I decide to take an evening walk on the creek next door, I'll switch to a SA .45 Colt because I'm liable to see a hog. If I have to run some errands between getting off work and coming home, I grab the KelTec PF-9 that's wedged between the drivers seat and the console of my pickup and drop it into my front pants pocket. No muss, no fuss.

    35W
     
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  24. tallpaul

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    Based on what a few posts into the question? Some of us can handle any numberof our tools and can think and operte more than "one" - nowif yer deficient ya can carry one all ya want :p
     
  25. Kleanbore

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    True, but that does not address the real issue.
     
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