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Have You Changed Anything Relating To Self Defense Recently?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Plan2Live, Aug 5, 2019.

  1. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Member

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    Kind of a couple of things.

    I switched from single-stack .45 to double-stack 9mm.

    I am also on long-term TDY with access to a range, and a bit of extra cash, so I have been getting in a LOT of range time. I can choose between combat training with full gear, or concealed carry training with street clothes, I have been doing plenty of both.
     
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  2. Trunk Monkey

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    Not really. I carry a 19 magazine as a reload for my 26 but that's about it.

    If we changed anything it's more how we do things when we're away from home. We avoid stupid places, we pay attention to emergency exits and we don't go anywhere with out a plan
     
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  3. roadliner

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    They say that with age comes wisdom, also arthritis and other ailments. I now, like some of you, have learned to stay away from situations that more apt to lead to possible problems. Definitely not a 100% guaranteed solution but it does improve the odds in my favor. I've also downsized my edc to .380, but practice with it so I can make the best of the caliber.
     
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  4. FlSwampRat

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    Your life?
     
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  5. Medic Mike

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    1. Paying a lot more attention, working on my fiancee’s situational awareness. Trying to get her to carry more.
    2. Carrying as much as possible. I work in healthcare so obviously cannot carry at work (nor do scrubs allow for it), so I have something with me in my car daily and keep it handy to and especially from work.
    3. Carrying bigger caliber/higher capacity whenever I can.
    4. Practicing more, and practicing with a purpose much more.
    5. Going to take more classes ASAP. Taking a shotgun class too.
     
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  6. Labguy47

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    Some of us believe in ultimate sacrifice while standing watch. It’s not that we would sell our lives cheaply, but rather make it so costly as to make the perpetrators think twice.
     
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  7. Double Naught Spy

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    Well, as long as you are getting the perps to think more than once, that is worth your life. :confused:
     
  8. Labguy47

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    DNS you know some of us veterans should be Incased in glass that says break only in the event of war
     
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    Anybody engaging in a lethal force confrontation may have to make the ultimate sacrifice, and many of us choose the tools we carry in hopes of bettering our odds of not making it, hence the thread.
     
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  10. FlSwampRat

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    My reply was to the poster who said "Don't know about "recently," but quit carrying several years ago; got nothing worth protecting."
    If he's not carrying, he's not standing watch, he's surrendering.
     
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  11. FlSwampRat

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    FYI, just so you don't get the wrong idea about me, I've stood many watches in a tower with my M-16 and hundreds of rounds of 5.56. I'm not encased in glass and I have a life outside of waiting for the next armed conflict. I also happen to have a purple V card issued to me in 1980 declaring me a disabled vet and I ETS'd out of Walter Reed.
     
  12. GEM

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    Equipment isn't the answer. Training to be competent is. Buying or carrying a new gun that you shoot at the square range is not saying much.

    Also, if the thread gets personal, it's closed and you scolded.
     
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  13. FlSwampRat

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    I train with various different drills trying to build muscle memory. It's really key. Wish we had a good tactical outdoor range locally.
     
  14. MTNSTRYDER

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    Trying to make a couple of changes.started last year with a Glock 17 instead of my 45 revolvers.
    The other changes are with the knives I carry.I have always carried a large hunting knife plus a pocket knife.now I carry a smaller fixed blade.
    That said I often go back in the house and change back to my Redhawk 45 and real knife. Old habits but my hands know best.
    KEEP TRAINING!
     
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  15. herrwalther

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    Started attending religious services for the first time in over a decade. So now I am adding ways to carry around khakis and a tucked in shirt instead of jeans and T-shirt.

    Edit to add: Jewish services. Very new to me.
     
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  16. george29

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    View attachment 856272 I rely more on my Beretta than anything lately but I still don't feel under gunned with my past set up of K+2xJ or K+J+NAA.
     
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  17. Someguy.429421

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    Hard to argue with a cylinder full of 45 colt and a fixed blade. Not to mention, that redhawk has a pretty nice noggin spike right at the edge of the crane if things need swinging at.
     
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  18. Hangingrock

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    I've practiced avoidance of stupid of stupid people, places and things to the existent of almost equivalent of a religion for decades, so far its worked. Carry rotation, I don't do that thus its a singular EDC for all occasions.
     
  19. Random 8

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    I have changed some things when I carry professionally based on operational envelope and new/emerging threats. I added round capacity to my midsize service pistol and went with an arm capable of handling NATO spec 124 gr +p+ due to increased threat levels in rural settings. Formal training now includes firing at targets in a simulated moving UTV from 20-75 yards to disable vehicle or operator. Handgun operations also stress suppressive fire from cover/concealment at distance to stall or delay the threat and allow for more and better armed help to arrive or personnel and sensitive equipment to be evacuated or secured. All of these doctrinal changes are in direct response to real-world incidents in my field of work. I have transferred many of these "new" skills to personal carry, and adapted my cover garments and holsters to match the doctrine. Since my standard attire is far from business casual, this is easy to do with jeans and a loose fitting longtail T-shirt and the correct holster.
     
  20. peacemaker45

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    I carried a steel 1911 for a long time. Usually with a P32 for backup. At that time, I was in and out of a lot of sketchy industrial areas, usually surrounded by ghetto. Parking in sketchy truck stops, etc. At one point, I even swapped out my spare mags for a second Gov't Model, to even the load. Then I got a different job, which had me in New Jersey, NYC, and Quebec fairly often. It started to look like my bigger risk factor was getting busted with a gun, rather than needing one, so I started leaving the hardware at home.

    Pretty soon, I wasn't carrying at home, either, as once you're desensitized to being disarmed in Brooklyn, it feels a little silly to gear up for the cornfields.

    It wasn't until I got married, and had a somewhat greater sense of having something to protect, that I started carrying again. It was just the P32, though, as I'd lost some of the youthful exuberance that had made carrying all that iron possible. I always had a case of the "carry guilts," though, thinking what Col Cooper and the rest would say. But my threat matrix seemed to justify it. My customers are all pretty decent these days, and even the truck stops have cleaned up a good deal since the bad ol' days.

    Recently, (not long before the Dayton business, ironically,) I started to feel somewhat uneasy about the "state of society." Between the loons on the left, the white power whackadoodles, and all the rest, there's a non-zero chance of winding up in the middle of something nasty, especially since I drive through Dayton and Cincinnati twice a day.

    I'm back up to a Combat Commander, now. Though watching the news very much, one starts to think having the whole 82nd Airborne in one's pocket might be more the mark. Everything's a compromise.
     
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  21. Trunk Monkey

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    Or at least a couple of Roof Koreans
     
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  22. Texasgrillchef

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    Yep, bought two silencers to use on two handguns used for home defense. If I am going to protect and defend my home, I want to protect and defend my ears and the ears of those in my home as well!
     
  23. film495

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    Added an old Beretta 92S to the home lineup. It isn't my go to, that is still a .38 Revolver, but I wanted to add in something with more capacity and power depending on possible situations that may take place. Very low probability possibilities, but - I was struck with the idea that in current times there is a lot of firepower out there - and I should start to get with the times a little. Granted my solution was to add a 40 year old pistol, but I meant well … lol
     
  24. Riomouse911

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    I swapped my 9mm EDC ammo in my LC-9 from Hornady 115 gr Critical Defense to 150 gr Federal Micro HST.

    It was time to swap ammo, as the Hornady had been in there for roughly two years, and testing of the Micro HST has shown it to be a good performer in the smaller guns. (Hopefully Ill never gave to test it in real life!)

    Stay safe.
     
  25. Trunk Monkey

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    I bought a Trunk Monkey

     
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