Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Bill_in_TR, Mar 18, 2021.
Listen - don't worry about it. The topic itself isn't new - - but - - it IS new to you.
I recall a recent thread here telling all the members how they should react to this situation.
Another aspect of this situation can also be - -I don't want a gun used to kill someone in my house anymore. To some people, that's a silly way to think - to others it's a very real thing.
I'll leave it at that since that's a whole topic by itself.
There would have been no point in me buying those guns if I didn't intend to carry them.
I'd much rather carry my Ed Brown or Delta whenever, wherever than a pocket 32/380/38snub (examples of what I'll not carry)
Yep, but everyone's idea of inexpensive is different. For me it's not really the monetary value but I much prefer a carry gun that I have zero emotional attachment and if it were replaced tomorrow with the same model I wouldn't care or even notice. Got to be replaceable and easily repairable with common parts. Got to have readily available sights , holsters , ECT. That's why I prefer to carry a glock, relatively inexpensive , ugly and more reliable than guns costing 3x as much. If something bad happens to my glock I just don't care.
Don't carry a weapon you don't properly clean and maintain.
Don't carry a weapon you're not familiar with.
Don't carry a weapon you cannot handle.
As for "don't carry a weapon you can't afford to lose", I'd have to say that's way down at the bottom of my list of "don'ts". If it saves your life, cost doesn't matter.
Like I told my wife when she, her sister, and our youngest daughter walked away with virtually no injuries from an accident where her Expedition was absolutely totaled and we had to buy another one: that was the cheapest new car payment we'll ever make. Their lives and well being are priceless in comparison to the cost of the vehicle.
I recall a gentleman who had to carry (and show off) a very expensive field knife, think it was a Sebenza in the TX hill country. When driving across rocky territory in the dark in the TX hill country, said knife bounced into the void, never to be found - perhaps by an archeologist in 2500 AD. He was quite upset at the monetary loss. Other folks said that for every knife use in the field - did you need that? A taken deer or turkey or piece of sausage would never know the difference.
Dr. Theopolis and I found what appears to be a primitive weapon while patrolling the desert!
Nope. Never. As explained well by others before me in this thread.
And we almost went three months without having this discussion for the umpteenth time, so there's that...
Well gosh, good for you -- but what's a "jam ham" situation and what does this have to do with the topic of having to part with an expensive handgun? P.S. -- how many Kimbers have you actually owned?
Back on topic, as others noted, in the end, your carry handgun is simply another tool. For me, I prefer the peace of mind that comes with owning quality tools, be they power tools, simple wrenches or firearms. And if one actually worries about the possibility of losing, having stolen, or having to give up a tool, for whatever reason, and that dictates the quality of the tools one buys and uses, well, that can certainly affect an outcome eventually, and not in a favorable way. I'm reminded of a guy I knew thirty years ago, when, as an off-duty officer, he nearly lost his life because the Davis .380 he carried -- because he didn't want to carry one of his "good" handguns -- failed during a critical moment.
Yes. This. I’ve had personal knowledge and experience over the years representing criminally charged clients who have lost their firearms (not by forfeiture or condemned by plea) to police encounters.
It can - and does - happen.
Most likely scenario is the traffic stop and vehicle being impounded. Between the scene and the towing of the vehicle, the odds are that your prized piece will disappear and no one will have seen it.
Second most likely scenario is the search warrant. Again, funny what no one sees considering what they are often there looking for in the first place.
Carry what you want and can afford to lose (and replace).
Yep, just like almost any other topic.
Owning any gun you can't afford to lose is foolish.
Some other people have different requirements. Some folks prefer a 1911 that costs $3000 or more. Some of us prefer a $500 polymer framed pistol. In the end it is a personal choice.
While I do like most of what I have I wouldn't lay awake at night mourning if something happened to it. I would just carry something else until I replaced it. In all honesty there are other things that concern me more.
This is part of why my Colt 380 Government Model became a safe queen.
$600? $1000? $5000?
Use the best tool for the job. You can get a new one.
I carry a Glock because it smokes my $3000 1911 on a simple Uspsa course of fire (with a draw from concealment added). Not because it's cheaper. Shot timers and targets don't lie.
I'll carry something that serves my purpose, most importantly. But nothing cheap (not the same as inexpensive) nor high priced.
Even then, I believed in the wisdom of keeping a spare primary handgun. (Actually, I never really warmed-up to that Stainless Python, and eventually replaced it with a pair of S&W K-Frames.)
I got the GP100 back. It is shown in my avatar photo.
At the time I retired from the PD, in 2018, I was “qual’ed” with two Les Baer pistols, and at least two Glocks, as primary duty pistols. So, yes, I am willing to carry an expensive weapon, into harm’s way. On the other hand, I doubt that I would carry an engraved, ivory-gripped weapon on the street.
Good point. I got EDC #2 to retire EDC #1, which was my very first gun and (naturally) has sentimental value. Now, a few years later, the couple of defense encounters I have had (no shots fired) were with EDC #2 on deck. So now EDC #2 has earned some sentimental value to me as well.
Does that mean that now I go get EDC #3? Maybe - if I did, it would be something similar and easily replaceable. But honestly, most anything I have is easily replaceable anyway and getting another gun just on account of that = just another gun somebody has to deal with for my estate when that day comes. The actual real-world benefit would be questionable and "feel good" in nature at best.
I have an emotional attachment to all my guns!
I like the easy to support part. Readily available parts and products is an important consideration.
No they usually end up like this.
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