How many guns do you carry and why?

Discussion in 'Strategies, Tactics and Training' started by FriedRice, Dec 9, 2010.

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  1. FriedRice

    FriedRice Member

    Sep 18, 2010
    Recently, I've been speaking with other CCW people and talking about what they carry. I've run into a few that carry more than one gun.

    I'm curious to know how many you carry (if you do), if you carry mags/lights with them. If you carry more than 1, I'd curious as to why.

    I'll go first. I carry one pistol and one mag on body. When I can figure out how to carry my Surefire on body I will, otherwise, it's with me but off body. This seems sufficient for my needs and I don't know where I'd conceal another pistol anyway.

    I'm asking mostly your average armed civilian but LEO and military please feel free to chime in.
  2. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    Feb 20, 2008
    Austin, Texas
    one gun

    sometimes a reload
  3. Leanwolf

    Leanwolf Member

    Mar 25, 2006
    One handgun; one extra reload.

  4. TimM

    TimM Member

    Oct 21, 2007
    Parker, CO
    It depends where I am going to be and when I am going to be there. I have been known to carry as many as three. A high cap auto on my strong side with two mags, a J Frame on my weeks side and a small auto or revolver in my pocket.

    Most of the time one gun... a high cap auto or a revolver with two speed strips. Occasionally a small auto in the front pocket only.

    Why more than one you ask?

    What if one fails?

    What if my strong side hand or arm becomes disabled?

    What if I can't draw from my strong side without being seen? (given I don't want to alert a perp)

    Wouldn't it be great to pass one to a friend if things got really hairy?

    I like guns.

    The more guns I have on me the safer I feel.

    Actually, the more guns I have on me the higher my level of awareness. That may make no sense to some. To others it will make perfect sense.

    Those are all good enough reasons for me to carry more than one weapon.

    BTW, I always have a long gun in the truck as well.
  5. JoeSlomo

    JoeSlomo Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    1 gun with a spare mag.
  6. FriedRice

    FriedRice Member

    Sep 18, 2010
    I have carried more than one gun before and it did increase my situational awareness, and I felt more safe. But I'm not really sure I WAS more safe. I'd wondered if multiple guns was about this safety feeling in part. I appreciate your explanation.
  7. uspJ

    uspJ Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    Usually one gun and a reload on me and a reload in my car. I also keep my surefire 6p on me. It goes in my front weakside pocket along with the spare mag. I have taken my Taurus 85 in my weakside jacket pocket along with me in addition to my normal edc when the temperature drops. When I had a Kel-tec pf9 it was carried in addition from time to time in the summer months.
  8. AKPastor

    AKPastor Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    Interior Alaska
    I gun with reloads

    1911 - one or two extra mags depending on where I'll be
    25-2 revolver - 2-4 extra moonclips (I carry 4 when hiking/backpacking as I have both SD rounds and rounds for large Alaskan mammals)
  9. kyletx1911

    kyletx1911 Member

    Dec 4, 2010
    one 1911 2xtra mags
  10. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Southern Virginia
    One gun, one mag, and a streamlight Scorpion with belt clip on my belt.
  11. Marlin 45 carbine

    Marlin 45 carbine Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    South-Western North Carolina
    at times 2 concealed both w spare mag.
    a Makarov is primary and a Beretta .32 in ankle holster.
    never had to pull both just the Mak a few times. nothing came of either incident but I'm glad I had a 'defuser' available.
  12. tinygnat219

    tinygnat219 Member

    Nov 3, 2006
    The Land of Northern Hospitality and Southern Effi
    I typically carry two. Main gun is a G19 with a reload, and BUG is a J-Frame 640 with no reload.
    Here's why I do carry two:
    Main gun runs dry (highly unlikely with a reload, but then Murphy tends to show his face).
    With a buddy whom I know and trust and is proficient with a handgun. If there is an incident suddenly there's another armed person as I can give a BUG to them.

    The 640 is also carried in such a manner that it's easy to get to when driving.
  13. Jerry68

    Jerry68 Member

    Jan 22, 2008
    EDC, G19 or G17 with 2 reloads, a Glock 26, and a Kel Tec P32 or S&W 638 in a pocket holster. I carry a surefire ED2, and an Emerson mini CQC7. Overkill? Maybe, but I spend a lot of time in Metro Detroit, often in areas that are considered very dangerous. If I could carry a rifle or a shotgun, I would,
  14. Patriotme

    Patriotme Member

    Nov 13, 2009
    One gun. It's hard enough carrying one weapon concealed depending on location, activity and clothing. I could carry two guns but why bother? Hopefully I'll never need the weapon that I carry concealed but if I do need it and it jams I'll clear it. Clearing jams isn't rocket science and it's probably quicker than dropping or reholstering a weapon and then pulling out another weapon. A squib load is about the only problem I can imagine not being able to remedy and I've never heard of anyone having one with premium self defense ammo.
    Just my two cents.
  15. JohnBiltz

    JohnBiltz Member

    Aug 17, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    One gun 13 rounds, generally no reload. I keep reloads in the car. Key chain flashlight. I probably will drop a reload in the pocket if I'm gone all day which is rare. I need an elevated threat scenario to go to a second gun and it has not happened yet but I'm open to the concept.
  16. ZeBool

    ZeBool Member

    Nov 18, 2008
    New Castle PA
    XD 40 subcompact strongside 3:30 spare mag same place opposite side. Sometimes I throw my P238 in my right pocket as well. I figure that I dont carry anything in that pocket anyway so I might as well make use of it.
  17. JPG19

    JPG19 Member

    Nov 15, 2010
    Northwest Arkansas
    One Glock 19 (16 rounds) and two extra mags in the car. SureFire 6P LED in my back pocket.
  18. MonthOfAngle

    MonthOfAngle Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    one gun + one reload on me + one in the car
  19. kgpcr

    kgpcr Member

    May 30, 2007
    I only carried one weapon in the Marines in combat so why more now??
  20. ModernGunner

    ModernGunner Member

    Dec 10, 2010
    What I carry on a given day depends on multiple factors, such as:

    * Function (where I'm going)
    * Attire (what I'm wearing)
    * Risk (what are the potential risks where I'm headed)
    * Belief system (how I "feel" about it)

    Quite often, the last one can be the deciding factor, everything else considered. I was taught to "listen to that little bird on your shoulder", and to date it has not yet let me down. Therefore, I recommend it highly.

    The "why" seems to be easy to define, IMO. Generally speaking, there's simply no faster reload than grabbing a second gun. One can still be firing from their primary weapon WHILE bringing a second weapon into the fray. One simply can't accomplish that with a single gun, no matter how adept their mag reload skills.

    I own multiple holsters for each handgun I own, so I can adapt as readily as possible to what I believe I should be carrying on a given day. And l've carried as many as 4, though that was rare.

    And no, it's not all that difficult, IMO. I've found carrying two to be quite convenient, and usually with reloads. Probably most often throughout my life, though, I've carried 1 and some reloads.

    Though I'm not a large guy (5'10", 155 lbs.), I've found little trouble carrying large handguns & reloads (mags or speedloaders), or multiple handguns, so I do.

    In colder weather I wear sweaters a lot, so I wear shoulder rigs more, to facilitate drawing. Lifting up a winter coat CAN present some issues, and wearing a coat and a sweater can become an exponential hindrance if I'm wearing a belt rig. As a motorcyclist, I've found shoulder rigs to be beneficial as well, since I'm always wearing some sort of riding jacket.

    I don't really do the "flannel shirt tucked in the jeans" thing, so unless fairly formally dressed (as when wearing a suit), my shirts / sweaters tend to hang out. Flannel or western shirts tucked in simply don't fit my "look" or my "known image". Kudos to those of you who can wear that, of course, but I can't.

    ANYTHING that "doesn't look right" or "out of image" COULD draw attention, so I avoid that to the extent possible. I rarely open carry (though perfectly acceptable here in Indiana) for the same reason. I prefer to look innocuous, like someone who wouldn't possibly carry a gun. I don't want an "easy mark" image, but I don't want a "tough guy" image, either. Just "Joe Average American". Innocuous.

    In more favorable weather, I tend to carry via belt rigs more frequently. In this case, most often 1 gun and 1 mag or 2 speedloaders.

    If more than one gun, small of back is my preferred choice more often than a second gun in a cross-draw holster, though I can do that. I've never really adapted to ankle rigs, so I tend not to bother with them, though there's some advantages to using them for those that like 'em.

    Most of my shoulder rigs are "convertible", so it's easy to substitute the double clip pouch for a second holster. If I feel the need for 3 guns, simply tuck the 3rd in a small of back holster.

    WHY would I "need" to carry 2 or 3 guns, plus (perhaps) reloads, as a civilian? Don't know that I ever do. Didn't know that I needed to when I was in that line of work, either. But I do, always, listen to that "little bird on my shoulder". And if he says "take 3", that's what I take. Most often not.

    Then again, wasn't too long ago when some scumbag walked in to a mall in Chicago area and shot up a woman's clothing store (Lane Bryant, if I remember correctly), killed a woman, wounded some others, and fled before the cops could even be called, let alone arrive. I don't want to be caught in the middle of that stupidity, either.

    Should I NEED to carry more than 1 gun? NO! By gawd, I SHOULDN'T NEED to carry a gun at all! But until we figure out how to get guns away from ALL the bad guys, drug dealers, gang-bangers, serial killers, random psychos, thugs, lunatics and crazies out there, I think I'll just keep listening to that "little bird".

    Ya just never know.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2010
  21. alabaster

    alabaster Member

    Dec 6, 2010
    Glock 19 or 26 w/2 spare mags. Sometimes I throw them both on, if I get the "Feeling".

    I carry a backpack with a small flashlight, knife, and a couple other "necessities". Medicines and what not in it. I've toted a bag like that since I was a teenager. Different reasons and different contents, but I'm used to it for all intents and purposes.

    I'm "just" a civvie, BTW. No LE or military backsground.
  22. Ronsch

    Ronsch Member

    Nov 20, 2009
    Juneau, Alaska
    Depends...Most times 2.

    Generally, a Glock 17 (19 + 1) in a strong side paddle holster, and a Ruger LCP tucked into a shirt or vest pocket.

    A few times, I have carried my Glock and my Beretta 92FS in a double shoulder holster with 1 reload for each. Since I have a couple of the 93R mags for the Beretta, that gives me 80 rounds to work with. That was going out to some islands in the bay here, and I could not pack a rifle or shotgun.
  23. Bulldawg55

    Bulldawg55 Member

    Feb 25, 2010
    It depends on my wherabouts and the weather!
    Usually one or two of these.
    I prefer a second weapon to a reload. If the primary has a mechanical failure (bad mag, broken firing pin, guide rod, etc.) :uhoh:, then the NY reload is a better option to me.
    I'm thinking there is a higher probability of failure over the need for more firepower and The extra gun helps both scenarios.
  24. MikePapa1

    MikePapa1 Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    North of Nashville, Tennessee
    Generally, I carry one with a reload but do occasionally put a .380 in my pocket, with a reload depending on where I'm going and for how long.
  25. Bonesinium

    Bonesinium Member

    Sep 11, 2010
    I never leave my bedroom without at least a handgun. I never leave my house without a handgun and a rifle (or when the rifle isn't practical, a second handgun). I also keep a shotgun in the trunk of my car. If I can't carry the rifle, and I have my car, that goes in there as well. Obviously I keep a handgun in the front seat of the car at all times.
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