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favorite 2A rally sidearm

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by kmrcstintn, Feb 19, 2014.

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  1. kmrcstintn

    kmrcstintn Member

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    I might have a chance to attend a 2nd Amendment Rally in April at the capitol building in Harrisburg, PA; I'm trying to decide on a sidearm to wear open for the event; out of these types listed below, what's your favorite and why?

    1) compact revolver or semi auto...something like a S & W snub-nosed revolver or Ruger LC9 that can be converted to concealed carry if bearer has proper permit to do so (overreaction by member of public)

    2) full-sized semi auto...something like a Glock 17, Springfield XD, 1911, etc; usually what I've seen in pictures taken at rallies

    3) full-sized revolver...something like S & W 686 or Ruger GP100; don't see many of these in public displays

    I'm not sure whether to lean towards a ccw piece that can be concealed en route to and from the rally & converted to open carry on site or just chance an interaction with law enforcement if some Joe or Joann Q. Public sees my sidearm and overreacts; unfortunately parking will be several blocks away and I will be seen walking to and from the event...

    thanks for your feedback...
     
  2. WC145

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    Well, if you're trying to make a statement open carry something big for all to see.

    Personally, I feel that your presence as part of the group at the rally is more important that trying to bring attention to yourself as an individual by letting everyone know you're wearing a gun. Of course, if PA is an open carry state, have at it, shouldn't be an issue for anyone, LE included, unless they have laws against carrying guns at public gatherings.
     
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    If you don't feel comfortable walking a few blocks OCing in a place where it's legal to do so, then I suggest you not OC at this event either.

    But back to your question: OCing negates the typical CC problems regarding what firearm to carry, so why not carry your preferred personal defense handgun, whatever that happens to be.

    You make it sound like you want to know which gun will make the biggest statement or get you the most attention. That's a poor criterion for such a decision.
     
  4. kmrcstintn

    kmrcstintn Member

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    ccw piece pocket carry to event, convert to owb holster for event, back to ccw on the way out is what I've decided; my presence & flag/banner will be my voice! thanks for feedback
     
  5. Mike J

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    I see you made your decision. If it were me I would definitely carry my 1911. Why? If it is legal to open carry I wouldn't worry about walking a few blocks with it. I like it & it is my prettiest sidearm besides I probably wouldn't want to lug a rifle around all day.
     
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    For me, it would be the one gun I actually have proper OWB holster for.

    If you have a proper holster, pick which ever you like.
     
  7. hentown

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    I've never thought there was a good reason to open carry. I agree that your presence will make a more favorable appearance, if you leave off the cop wannabe open carry. ;)
     
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    I would carry my Ruger SRH 454casull strapped to my hip.
    Then I would point AND laugh at all the butt hurt anti's!!
     
  9. buck460XVR

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    If you're in a large group of folks all open carrying, no-body is going to notice what you are open-carrying unless it's a bazooka. Example.....park a custom big twin motorcycle amongst a bunch of mo-peds on main street in a small mid-western town and everyone and their brother stops and takes a gander. Park it downtown in Sturgis during rally week and it will hardly draw a look. The anti's won't know the difference between a Les Baer and a Roy Rodgers plastic cap pistol on your hip.
     
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    My CVA Flintlock.
     
  11. Sam1911

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    Decision made.
     
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