Re-thinking my daily carry

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by JoeHenry, Oct 15, 2021.

  1. JoeHenry

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    For some time now I have been carrying my little Sig P365. I shoot it well enough and with an extra 10 round mag I have 21 rounds to send down range. But being who I am, (never satisfied) I picked this up at a local gun show last Saturday. Haven’t shot it yet but I plan to get out to the range soon.
    Weighing in heavier and quite a bit larger than the Sig, but I like it anyway and it has the ability to send 40 rounds down the tube when carrying two extra mags.
    This Beretta 92x compact is the first of that maker I have purchased in over twenty years. Even if it ends up a range toy only, it’s quality and ease of operation make it’s purchase worth while. 275BE2CC-FBAD-45D7-91AB-E683172975CC.jpeg
     
  2. Corpral_Agarn

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    while I crossed a similar bridge a while ago, I went from a Sig P239 to a P226.

    More rounds is better.
     
  3. md7

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    There’s no downside to carrying the beretta if it proves to be reliable, you’re proficient with it, and you’re able to effectively conceal it.

    Stretch it’s legs, and see how it pans out would be my advice
     
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  4. WisBorn

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    If capacity is your goal? Then the Beretta is the answer. If conceal ability is? The Sig is the answer.

    Personal preference. I would carry both based on the situation. The Beretta in the steamy south in the summer months is a big no for me. The Sig will slip comfortably in a front pocket.
    Fall/Winter months in the midwest the Beretta is a good choice.
     
  5. jimbo555

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    Enjoy the Beretta, but 3 12 round p365 mags are only 3 rounds less and a lot easier to lug around all day.
     
  6. Old_Grouch

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    I have an unusual, or at least uncommon, philosophy on what to carry.
    Just as there is no one right answer for everybody, there is no one right answer for an individual. I carry whatever I feel like carrying on any particular day for any given situation.
    Sometimes, despite the fact that, according to one moderator here, I am ill informed for doing so I carry a 5 shot J frame. Sometimes I carry my Cobra, sometimes it's my CZ P-01 and rarely a Performance Center Shield 9.
    I make only a rudimentary effort to tailor the gun to the situation. I carry what I'm comfortable with at the moment.
    Life would seem very boring otherwise.
     
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  7. JoeHenry

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    Before I purchased my Sig P365 I carried one of 3 J frames in 38 Special. Never really felt under guned with a speed strip. My wife has taken one of the three and carries in her carry pocket book.
     
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  8. film495

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    sometimes, the feel of something new makes having something new once in a while worth while ...
     
  9. Kleanbore

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    It is probably much more prudent to carry the came thing in the same manner every day, unless there is a reason to do otherwise.
     
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    I go between a Sig P365, a Sig 938, and Kimber Pro TLE II, depending on what clothes I'm wearing and where I'm going. I have no issues. Know your guns and you'll be fine..
     
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  11. JohnKSa

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    That is an interesting perspective.

    One thing to consider is that if you really need to use your carry gun, 'boring' will actually be a very good thing. In the sense that boring means you will know exactly what you're reaching for, if it has a safety or not (even if you don't use it intentionally, it could get engaged unintentionally and therefore need to be disengaged before shooting) how the grip is going to fit your hand, how the sights are going to look, whether the gun can be pressed against an attacker for a contact shot without pushing it out of battery, whether there's going to be a short, light trigger pull or a heavier DA pull, how many rounds you have on tap, etc. What you really don't want is for things to get "interesting".

    I guess the disconnect comes from whether one's perspective on choosing a carry gun is primarily about practicality or based on something else.

    Of course, it is certainly possible to have more than one carry gun while still giving practicality the consideration it deserves. The key is making sure that the controls and operating systems are all similar enough so that there's a common feel/operation to all the guns. That eliminates the need to remember about the presence or absence of safeties and how they operate, significantly different trigger feels, etc. Remembering things can be tricky in a high-pressure situation, the goal is to make sure that there's "unconscious competence". That is, that the gun can be drawn and used skillfully without the need for conscious thought about the details of its operation. That leaves a defender's brain free to work on the other pressing problems that will be posed by a self-defense scenario.
     
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  12. Plan2Live

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    First and foremost, carry what makes you feel safe. With that said.....
    I've personally come to a point where I'm just as concerned, if not more concerned, about how many misses I send downrange vs how many hits it takes to stop the threat. Please consider that you are legally responsible for every round that comes out the end of your barrel.
     
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  13. nick22

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    I can understand the rethinking of carrying something different. I have been a Glock guy for 20 years, on occasion though my 642 J frame ends up in appendix carry I shoot it well for what it is. I fully acknowledge I am way better off with my Glock 23. I have given thought to a 2.5-3" .357 to carry as well even though I wouldn't be better armed.
     
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    Many people on gun forums carry based on location / anticipated threat, ex: "I usually carry a 32 but a 9mm when I feel the need" (budding psychic ability).
    I encourage carrying what would be preferred to defend self, everywhere; in that ^ example the 9mm would be carried everywhere.
    Congrats to the OP for striving to carry a handgun that he would prefer to defend himself with.
     
  15. The Last Outlaw

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    Could it be he is proficient with all four?
     
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  16. Tirod

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    Can't argue a P365 is a good carry. With two mags you get 20 with just one mag change. With a single stack, it takes three changes for 18. There is a limit to how much weight someone wants to carry, so I keep the Kahr .380 around.

    For capacity, I got a Canik with 18 round magazines. For a field pistol with three mags, it has 54 on hand.

    I carry as I feel, too, but it's based on when and where. A craft festival, I can go light. After dark, a higher capacity 9mm. What I'm "feeling" is really a gut assessement of risk related to the activity, location, and what time of day.
     
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    I'm not trying to influence what you do, God forbid.

    Seems to me, the goal is to stop threats ASAP hopefully before they can inflict serious or lethal injury, that goal does not change based on location.
    We shouldn't assume a singular threat, nor 100% hits, nor that any hits will be good hits.
    I can link 3 civilian examples where 5 hits failed to quickly incapacitate a singular attacker. (IME, does not change opinion of those content with 5 rounds)
    For me, there is nowhere I'd rather defend myself with a 38 snub rather than a Glock 19/Shield 9mm, try to stack the odds in my favor; naïve, I know.
     
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  18. JohnKSa

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    It's less a matter of being proficient with each individual handgun and more an issue not having to "switch gears" between handguns because, in the middle of a self-defense scenario, you find yourself busy with other things and don't immediately remember which gun you decided to put on that particular morning.

    Different carry setups can have different limitations and can function differently. An extreme example of that is a widely distributed video of a man who shot himself in the leg primarily because he switched between gun/holster types in the middle of a shooting session. It wasn't so much a matter of lack of proficiency with either platform as it was that his brain just didn't quite keep up with the switch.
     
  19. Old_Grouch

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    I appreciate that. Besides, it would be an exercise in futility. :D
    For you, perhaps.
    See my sig line.
     
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    "The key is making sure that the controls and operating systems are all similar enough so that there's a common feel/operation to all the guns."


    Yeah. I mostly carry DAO revolvers. It kinda doesn't matter which one I happen to have on me. They all work the same.

    Occasionally I carry my LCPII. No safeties or anything, pretty much the same as DAO.

    My preferences are different than various other members, but that's okay for all of us.

    An important part of adulting is learning to be quiet and let the other person be wrong. :)
     
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  21. Kleanbore

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    How can you know what "works best for you"?

    See John's explanation.
     
  22. Old_Grouch

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    I surrender.
    You win.
     
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  23. chicharrones

    chicharrones needs more ammo

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    For civilian concealed carry? It certainly wasn't from starting with one carry gun and sticking with that one carry gun year after year. Plenty of trial and error involved that may or may not transform one's carry method, gun, and holster. Not to mention new products that come along that are worth consideration for any improvements that they may bring.

    What led you to the LCP Max you purchased this year? Have you found that it currently "works best for you"?
     
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  24. Kleanbore

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    Absolutely!

    That would not lead me into a "carry rotation".

    The size, with, trigger, and handling seem to meet my need for a backup gun accessible by the left hand while strapped into the driver seat of a car.

    It seems to meet that one requirement.
     
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  25. C-grunt

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    I love Beretta 92 series guns. While I normally dont carry a full size pistol there is definitely merit to it. If things get western fighting with a full size gun is definitely an advantage over a smaller one.
     
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