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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. crestoncowboy

    crestoncowboy Member

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    I carry one gun. A Glock 27. I shoot and regularly compete with 5 or so different guns. Im good with any of them. I still carry one

    On my fences or out in the woods i carry a 329pd.
     
  2. Spats McGee

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    I basically have 2 carry pistols. One for belt carry (Shield 9), and one for pocket carry (LCR). I'm just about to test a Shield 45 for 'carry fitness,' but I like to keep the variables to a minimum when it comes to carrying.
     
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  3. browningguy

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    No problems for me, if I'm in my neighborhood it's a small .380, currently a Smith M&P 380EZ, if I'm going to a fancy dress barbeque it's a Springfield 1911 SC, if I'm going further afield than the golf course it's either a full size Sig P320RX or a Springfield Xdm 5.25 Competition. If I'm travelling then a .223 carbine or pistol goes with me.

    Lucky for me I know how to use more than one gun.
     
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  4. Trunk Monkey

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    God Forbid I should ever be reaching for a handgun in a self defense incident and put my hand on an LCP period.
     
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  5. SharpDog

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    All of my carry guns are now mainly variations of p365's so it mainly comes down to the level of concealability I need (E.G. p365 SAS, standard, XL, with or without optic, light, etc)
     
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  6. .308 Norma

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  7. Trunk Monkey

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    This is another one of those topics that comes up again and again and again and again. I've never seen anyone's opinion changed by a discussion. The only thing I've ever seen change anyone's mind is a flub on the range and the person realizing what would have happened if the flub happened in a gun fight.

    (Like most things I say) I've said this before but I used to work as a roving guard for a company that had two rover vehicles, a Jeep (a Jeep, Jeep not an SUV) and a Ford Escape. I drove both vehicles equally often and I put over a hundred miles on either vehicle per shift.

    I still found myself reaching for the gear selector in the wrong place or pushing the wrong button to set the cruise control or sitting in my car and pushing the ignition trying to get the car to start (the company vehicles both had start buttons) and that was under zero stress.

    I've also had to defend (no shots fired) myself a couple of times and I remember my mind going blank as soon as it started. My employer issued me an M&P40 and that's what I was carrying every time so I don't know what would happen if I happened to be carrying a different gun but I wouldn't want to find out the hard way.

    If nothing else, limiting myself to one platform saves me time deciding what I'm going to carry on a given day.

    But again, you do you.
     
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  8. Trunk Monkey

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    Bandaid holster?
     
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  9. cfullgraf

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    Nope.

    That does not mean that I never change my carry gun. But, once I make a choice that is all I carry until such time as my needs change and a different gun is more suitable.
     
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  10. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Do I fret?

    Nope...Have no idea on how to play a guitar.

    But as far as carrying, make do with the circumstances given and time of year.

    I like Winter, easier to conceal something larger.
     
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  11. MikeInOr

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    NOPE!

    I carry them all...
    [​IMG]

    ... at the same time!

    LOL!

    I used to carry the Keltec P32 the most because it fit with my office atire where printing isn't an option. Now that I work from home I usually carry my DB9 when I go out. Some times I will carry my LCP when I don't want to carry as much weight. I used to never carry the LCP but I frequently carry it now when I am cycling or wearing light weight summer clothes.

    I carry the XDs .45 when going into the big city. For hiking in the woods I usually carry the XD mod 2 in 45 for more rounds.

    I do enjoy shooting my metal guns more but they are too much weight for EDC.

    The little NAA revolvers are a good backup gun for winter clothing when also carrying a bigger gun. With a heavy coat it is often hard to get to an IWB pistol and the little NAA's slip into a coat pocket (with holster) very nicely.

    Maybe I am a rarity but I shoot all my carry guns enough that I can pick up any one of them and shoot it acruately without even thinking about which gun I am holding. To be fair all of my carry guns are point and shoot with no safetys.
     
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  12. Whiskeyhotel2020

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    A belt slide.
     

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  13. RetiredUSNChief

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    Oooooh, how I WISH streaming weren't blocked right now for bandwidth reasons!

    There's a PERFECT scene for you on youtube from "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" where a character does EXACTLY that...carries everything!

    Only to slip and fall on a stray cartridge, setting off every gun he was carrying and ending up in the hospital. (Fortunately the bullets missed every vital organ!)

    I can't view it, but I think this is it:

     
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    I carry a Shield 9 and pocket carry a Bodygaurd 380 in the summer. In the woods a revolver
     
  15. GBExpat

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    At any given time I have several carry handguns in rotation.

    One will always be the primary that I have on me almost all of the time.

    My "Primary Cycle" generally follows the two main seasons, Warm & Cold. Read, Light Clothing & Heavy Clothing.

    For example, right now I am carrying a 5+1 .45acp Springfield Arsenal XDs but when I have to bring out the coats I may switch to, perhaps, a 9+1 .45acp Glock 30S.

    When circumstance (or whim) dictates, I will also carry another "rotation" handgun like a G43, G42, P3AT, CA Bulldog (usually one Bulldog in each of my 2 side coat pockets ;)).

    I have a range setup in my backyard so remaining comfortable & competent with all of these handguns & changes is not an issue for me.
     
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  16. Old Dog

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    Yep, and every single time it does, no shortage of posters leap up to disparage those of us who claim that we do rotate between multiple handguns or types of handguns (sometimes, ever so subtly, by using terms such as "Human Factors Engineering" or telling us that "We have heard tales of folks who have been tripped up by reacting the wrong way in a particular car or with a particular firearm," other times by just telling us outright that we are clue less or stupid for doing so and have no clue what type of peril we are setting ourselves up for).

    First, the automobile driving analogy is hardly apt, particularly if one carries his/her firearm in the same type of holster located in the same position on the body. We're not searching for control mechanisms, levers or buttons on dashboards or steering wheels while confronted with an immediate reaction situation on the highway when trying to keep our eyes on the road. All my handguns operate the same way, draw, get on the sights, pull trigger. I draw with a high-thumb grip and automatically sweep down if there's a frame mounted safety; if there isn't (say I'm carrying an M&P or a SIG), I am not taking any additional time, not even a split-second, nor am I changing the way I grip, draw, aim or pull the trigger. I doesn't even require any conscious cognition for me if I reach down and grab a revolver; I know exactly what I have.

    For those that believe it's a "mistak" (post 75) to rotate carry guns, believe what you wish. I've been training professionally -- and extensively -- since 1979 with a variety (perhaps up to about 15 or so) of different platforms (yep, I'm using that word again, deal with it) and am entirely comfortable with choosing the pistol (or revolver) of the day based solely on whimsy or nostalgia or the color of my shirt or my wife's dress or what my dog tells me to carry, just because it's Friday.

    And yeah, your handgun leather must match your belt and boots (or shoes).

    Signed,
    No worries, no regrets, no apologies
     
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  17. shafter

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    Carry the same gun all the time and carry your backup ammo in the same place every time. Muscle memory is either your best friend or worst enemy.
     
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  18. Rodfac

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    I don't "fret", but do carry several types of CC guns. It depends on the location, and to a relatively minor amount, on the ability to conceal the piece. Most often, if going to town (we live on a farm 7 miles out), It's a Sig P365 or a Model 60 S&W. Here on the farm, it's what ever I intend to shoot while cleaning up the chores list. As to choice, for the OP, buy as good a gun as you can...save a bit to get a good one. Going cheap is not the way to go. Best regards, Rod
     
  19. Kleanbore

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    That's my preference, but Old Dog, who knows what he's doing, has explained how his choice of weapons and drawing and presentation techniques work for him.

    In my case, if I were to strap on my Ruger American Compact (no safety) rather than my 9 EZ (same belt, same kind of holster), I don't think the elimination of the grip safety would slow me down.
     
  20. Mike .45

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    I used to be on the constant search for the perfect carry gun. I've switched many times of the years. I finally just had to settle for a rotation.

    Part of the problem for me is that I can't have my CCW showing at work. I finally just decided to pocket carry at work and carry my normal CCW everywhere else.

    It isn't ideal but it works well for me.

    G42 for pocket carry.
    Gen 5 G19 for IWB or OWB
     
  21. Ernie Bass

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    I guess I do fret sometimes. Like today. I am asking myself, should I carry my Beloved Pico or my Beloved Kahr 380. I love them both. Like the song, "Torn between two lovers".
     
  22. Trunk Monkey

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    Carry the one that will upset you the least when it goes to the evidence Locker
     
  23. Hangingrock

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    Weapons are simply tools thus I'm not emotionally involved as in love but allow I have my preference's. Also I'm not into the weapon rotation thing, thus one particular hand gun for concealed carry which would be a S&W Shield 9X19mm. On extremely rare occasions I've also carried a S&W M640 38Spl as a back up. Do I have other handguns yes that which are relegated to other purposes example target shooting etcetera-etcetera.
     
  24. Meeks36

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    Nope I have other things to worry about. I only carry one daily. On occasion ill carry my Glock 19 on long journeys. Other wise its a ruger LCP ll.
     
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  25. Drail

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    As Duncan McLeod says - "there can be only one"...... I have carried the same S&W .44 Spl. revolver for the last 24 years. I have a safe full of handguns but I only carry that S&W. Because it is "the one" and it will never fail me.
     
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