What are you go to carry guns?

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  1. mgmorden

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    For everyday "out and about" I tend to carry a Ruger LCP.

    If hunting and I can open carry a sidearm, I tend to vary it up a bit, though its very often a Ruger P95. I have better guns but it tends to work very reliably, and it's a tough gun that I don't mind if some brush and shrubs are banging against it.
     
  2. Evil Monkey

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    This is why I say many men carrying handguns are actually carrying purses, and switching them around to match their attire like women do.

    How the hell can you carry 2 or 3 different handguns a year with different fire controls, triggers, and/or otherwise?

    You're supposed to train and be familiar with one type of handgun design and carry that for defense. You will understand your stupidity when you need to use your pistol in an emergency and pull out your cocked n locked SAO when you thought it was your Glock.
     
  3. BlindJustice

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    Colt Commander .45 acp
    Milt Sparks 1 1/2" Belt, IWB Summer Special 2 & Single IWB Mag Holder

    Backup is a Full size 1911

    R-
     
  4. skoro

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    Depends on how I'm dressed. Usually it's a S&W 642. Others are a KelTec PF-9, P3AT and a Springfield XDs.

    Some of us can handle more than one firearm.

    YMMV
     
  5. steveracer

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    "You're supposed to train and be familiar with one type of handgun design and carry that for defense. You will understand your stupidity when you need to use your pistol in an emergency and pull out your cocked n locked SAO when you thought it was your Glock. "
    I respectfully disagree. Under stress I have used different types of handguns effectively without any kind of trouble. I have seen people with a modicum of training pick up a mostly unfamiliar weapon and use it to great effect. I think it's highly overstated trainer jargon that you need to use the same gun all the time for the rest of time, etc. Most of the people I work with could grab whatever handgun was around and use it most effectively, and after a day at the range and some time in their holster would NEVER have any trouble employing it effectively. You drive the same kind of car all the time every day all your life? Could you not spend a day on the track with a right-hand drive Brit car and use it to get to and fro with ease?
     
  6. BlindJustice

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    Both my Colt Commander and the S&W 1911 have
    the Ed Brown Tactical extended thumb safety so
    it's the same feel. - the stocker on the Colt
    abraided my thumb switching to the on position.
    the Ed Brown isn't serrated on the bottom side.
    and the serrations on top are finer i.e. more
    serrations per inch.

    Randall
     
  7. mgmorden

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    Amen to that. Besides - on most guns while the trigger FEEL may change - you really only have to remember to either take the safety off - or not if there isn't one there. Aside from that the manual of operations between handguns doesn't vary so dramatically that someone experienced with one type suddenly become a fumbling buffoon with another - PARTICULARLY when they have fired and practiced with what they're carrying with. I have close to 20 different semi-auto handguns - every one of them being a different design. I can pickup and use any single one of them effectively.
     
  8. Evil Monkey

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    That's what they all say until the adrenaline kicks in.....

    If a person carries a M&P shield in the summer and a fullsize M&P in the winter, I understand.

    But an M&P and a SA/DA USP, and a 380 pocket pistol, and a revolver, gimme a break....

    This is life and death we're talking here. Why take a chance? There's no hindsight in a coffin.
     
  9. mgmorden

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    Because the "why take a chance?" logic could be applied to any single irrational belief. I know that a lion most probably won't be waiting for me in my back yard, so I don't need to carry a long rifle. But why take a chance, right? Well because thinking a lion is lurking in the backyard is irrational.

    I also consider a fear of multiple firearms, PARTICULARLY when one has familiarized themselves with all of them, to also be irrational. "Why take a chance" is not an appropriate response to such thoughts.
     
  10. steveracer

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    Evil Monkey, I said it, and the adrenaline kicked in, and I am not in a coffin. Neither are any of my mates from similar situations. So, allow me to be held up as the example of the contrary for you.
    After a certain amount of experience, it's just a pistol. Look at people at the top of their game, and tell me if they can't immediately adapt to varying equipment. Can Tiger only hit balls with a 3 iron? Can Byron Ferguson only shoot arrows from a longbow? (He can hit airborne aspirin with any darn bow you hand him all day) Can Stewart only handle the wheel and shifter of an F1 car?
    It's all silly. Train with handguns if you intend to carry handguns. Never for a second have I second guessed what kind of gun was in my hand or its controls or my ability to hit with it. Never. If other folks don't have that confidence, then they should use what works for them, but after hearing the "same gun, same place, same holster" mantra for decades I just don't agree. I have shot for my life with different weapons and I'm still here. So have countless others. I have a lot of trouble picturing a guy pulling his pistol and fumbling the shot because it's not the pistol he learned on in 1995. If he's going to fumble the shot, in my experience, he would fumble it with any kind of weapon he chose.
     
  11. Evil Monkey

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    So a person carries a full size cocked n locked 1911 in winter.............and a compact SA/DA pistol carried cocked n locked in the summer. The 1911 has the safety on the frame. The other SA/DA pistol has the safety on the slide.

    Do you not see how this is potentially dangerous when the chips are down? How is this an irrational fear?

    All I'm saying is, if you're going to carry multiple pistols, don't stray far from what you're used to.
     
  12. steveracer

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    Nah. Not really an issue. You should be able to tell blindfolded what kind of safety movement is on the handgun in your hand in a fraction of a second. If not, then go with what works for YOU, but it's a non-issue for most of the folks I know.
     
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    @EvilMonkey.... The only time I have felt an issue with this was during a brief time when I carried a PPK. The safety is unnatural to me and a bit hard to operate under duress. With that long DA trigger pull, I simply felt comfortable with safety off carry. Other than that, my carry guns usually have either passive safeties, decockers, or no safety at all.
     
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    Colt Defender in a DM Bullard holster that holds extra mag right next to pistol. 9mm with 8+1, cocked and locked with Critical Duty +P. If I'm carrying then it is this 100% of the time.
     
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    S&W 4567 in winter with either a 642 or 2" model 10 as a BUG.

    S&W Shorty 45 MK2 with a 642 as BUG.

    Sometimes in warmer weather model 10 with 642 as a BUG.

    Two reloads/spares for primary and one for BUG.
     
  16. Starbuck440

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    I've never had an issue with CC multiple firearms. With enough training anyone can become just as comfortable from one platform to the next. I'm as comfortable and well-drilled with an AKM as I am with an AR. As far as guns I don't feel comfortable with (sub-compacts, Smith/Walther M&Ps, and revolvers) I don't seek them out.
     
  17. Plinkin' Logs

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    Glock 22 with 2 spare 15rd magazine in a left-handed paddle kydex holster. Thinking about switching to something in leather though.
     
  18. CZ223

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    I don't understand all this switching around

    based on time of year etc. Pick a gun you are comfortable carrying and stick with it. Yes, you have to dress around the gun, deal with it. For me it is commander length Kimber Eclipse in a VM-2 with 2 spare mags, 24/7. The only changes I make is when I carry a different 1911 so they don't feel neglected. In the summer I wear a t-shirt and an over shirt. In the winter a long seeve shirt and an over shirt. the clothes change, not the gear.
     
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    At the moment, a Kel-Tec P32. It's been my in case nothing else will work gun for years, but is currently my primary, as I'm out of a very carry able 1911. Sold my last one, and used the proceeds to help fund a diamond ring, rather than another gun. Still have two others, but one's target sights make it a real pain to get in and out of leather, and the other is GI spec; with no ambi safety. No good for me.
     
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    In hot weather I carry an old Kel Tec P-11. Not the nicest gun but it works & has 11 rounds of 9mm in a small package. When it is cooler I carry a XD-40. Sometimes I carry a SR 1911 just because I like it. When I hunt I carry an old Dan Wesson model 15-2 .357 revolver. I used to carry the XD for that too until I had a face to face encounter with a hog. I decided to swap to the .357 because there are different loads available for it that I believe offer better penetration than the .40.

    I guess I struck out with the only use one crowd but only one of these pistols has a safety that requires me to actively turn it off.
     
  21. JR24

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    Swiping the thumb safety off is so ingrained into my muscle memory that I do it even on Glocks and Revolvers. I'm not terribly worried about "forgetting".

    For me, personally, when I swap my EDC, that's the one I train with weekly most. I'll bring the range guns out too, but the current EDC always gets some range time to keep my confidence up.

    Kinda low road, monkey.
     
  22. Evil Monkey

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    get off your high horse.
     
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    Kimber UCC II (.45 ACP), Firestar M43 (9mmX19) and S&W M19 (.357 Mag).
     
  24. skoro

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    Like I said, some of us are able to handle more than one handgun w/o any issues. Those who can't should stick to one.

    Each of us has to make his own evaluation and prepare accordingly.
     
  25. TestPilot

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    Summer: M&P40
    Winder: M&P40
    High threat area: M&P40
    Peaceful neighborhood: M&P40

    Situations where I cannot conceal an M&P40: a subcompact 380ACP pistol.
     
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