What would you carry? High risk job.

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  1. Dogbite

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    I manage a pawn shop, It is definitely a high risk job. I am curious to hear what everyone would carry and load in it. Not restricted on clothes or anything--can be pistol or revolver. What say you?

    Right now I carry a Glock 32 in 357 sig, loaded with Federal Premium hp's.
     
  2. Vern Humphrey

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    What you have should do the job. My everyday carry is an M1911 (Kimber Classic, MK I these days) loaded with 230 grain Federal hollowpoints.
     
  3. NOLAEMT

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    I would say whatever you shoot the best. Hits matter more than capacity, caliber, price, etc.
     
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    I'd carry something that you are comfortable and confident in shooting that is completely reliable. Personally, from the guns I've shot over the years, I like Sigs, Glocks, XDs. Berettas were fine but I'm not a fan of a pistol that requires you to manipulate a safety. As for caliber, I'm personally partial to the 45 ACP. What you are shooting should be a good round as well. Also, 9 mm, 40 cal are other options. If you haven't done so, please take a two or four day self defense class. You will learn a lot about your weapon system.
     
  5. Lawdawg45

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    A Pawn Shop is a Bank, Jewelry Store, and Gun Shop all rolled into one, so If I were in your position, I'd be carrying a high capacity .40 or .45, with easy access to a shotgun. Revolvers are absolutely out of the question (with the exception of a BUG) with low capacity/reloading time, and understanding the high probability of multiple aggressors (also with high capacity weapons).:cool:

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  6. remingtondude58

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    I would probably have my M&P 9 w/ Rem Golden Sabers on my side, my 642 somewhere else on my person, and easy access to my AR.
     
  7. easyg

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    Your Glock 32 is a fine choice. If you do your part the .357 Sig will do it's part.

    Personally, I've kinda strayed from the .357 Sig.
    These days I'm liking the old .45ACP more and more.

    So, I would carry what I'm carrying right now....my S&W M&P45 compact.

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  8. BADUNAME37

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    I concur with others' statements about what they recommend.

    You definitely want something that is so close, it is literally almost already in your hand!

    Thinking out loud here - you never want to get into a wrestling match with someone over YOUR GUN!

    If it gets to that, I believe it may have already escalated too far, especially if your physical condition is such that you have some chronic issue that makes you not as strong as the normal male/female of your size, weight and age.
     
  9. RevolvingGarbage

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    On my belt? The same 5" .45 ACP 1911 I have now, loaded with the same proven PDX1/Ranger-T rounds.

    Leaning up against the inside of the counter? a 10"-12" barreled 870 with full wood stock, loaded +1 with 00 buck.

    OR

    A KT Sub 2000 9mm full of good 124gr +P's in a 30 round Glock mag.
     
  10. Pyro

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    I'd keep a shotgun nearby with the pistol on my hip only to get me to it.
     
  11. Madcap_Magician

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    I'd carry a gun, and, assuming there's counter space that customers don't go behind, have several more stashed.
     
  12. Fiv3r

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    Your Glock should serve you well. One of the reasons I carry at work is because we sometime are paid in cash for services rendered. This can sometimes be 10's of thousands of dollars. While 20 or 30 grand isn't worth losing my life over to try and protect, bad guys have shot people for a lot less.

    I generally carry a .38 special or a .45 acp if I feel the need to pack a Glock. Obviously, I don't have quite as high risk job as you do. I wouldn't feel undergunned with the .357 Sig at all. I would still keep a good shotgun nearby if you can.
     
  13. theicemanmpls

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    Nothing wrong with a G-32. I would suggest having access to a shotgun behind the counter, just in case the SHTF.

    I carried a G-17C in my former occupation. With +2 extensions and one in the chamber I had 20 rounds of 9BPLE+P+. Muzzle control was a non issue with the barrel porting. IMHO, perfect weapon for a handgun fire fight.

    BUG was a S&W442 or Beretta 21A.
     
  14. whalerman

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    Carry what you shoot well. Practice with what you carry. And don't forget a good flashlight that is with you all the time. They make 'em small. No excuse.
     
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    also may want to consider overpenetration in a crowded pawn shop environment with that 357 SIG. im going to have to go 45 on this one. maybe a g21.
     
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    Dogbite, consider starting a thread about whether you should open-carry or carry concealed in your store. I believe you'll get some thought-provoking answers to that question.
     
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    Lots of good stuff here and your gun is great but since you are almost certainly going to shoot indoors you may want to go the subsonic route and yes 12 gauge is in close range
     
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    I'd rely on the 12ga for sure. No.1 Buckshot would be my choice. My sidearm would be my 9mm G17 with 34 rounds of +p+ 115gr jhps by Winchester.

    Yes, and kevlar also. I have a level III Second Chance vest
     
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    Work in a pawn shop where robberies and miscreants are a serious concern?

    What to carry?

    I recommend insurance.
    Its for the children.

    As for weapons, I recommend that you carry yourself to a dynamic training site on as regular a basis as you can afford.

    As for weapon selection, you will be fine with the Glock if you know how and when to use it.
     
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    That Glock you have is an excellent choice. I carry Glocks, they just don't let me down. If you practice with it and get good with it you are good to go. Only reason I'd replace it is if something is wrong with it or if you don't feel comfortable/confident in it for some reason.

    There are certainly a whole long list of weapons that would be underneath this one if that is what you are asking. You can do a lot worse, but really not a whole great deal better. Glocks are reliable and they all come in suitable calibres. If for some reason you happened to prefer .40 though, all you have to do is get a .40 Glock barrel and the switch is as simple as putting that in instead of the other.

    I read somewhere when they asked some police department to describe their .357 Sigs, they said, "it was like the bad guy was hit with a lightning bolt."

    I use 125gr. Speer Gold Dots in a .357 magnum, and I use Gold Dots in 10mm too. No reason to think they wouldn't be a good choice in .357 Sig. Less chance of over penetration if you use a good JHP (this one is) and in a lighter weight (125gr. is for you).

    It is basically a hot 9mm and as for how loud it is, all of them are going to be loud. And the shot you fire indoors in defense of your life is going to be the loudest shot you ever hear no matter what you shoot it out of.

    Having a shotgun is a good idea too, but be careful you don't get shot with your own weapon. If the bad guy is worth his salt, he'll be on you before you even have a chance to do much considering the situation you are in (behind a counter dealing with the public). So keeping it on you may be in your best interest if you are by yourself.
     
  23. Lawdawg45

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  24. scaatylobo

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    I am a FIRM believer in SHOT PLACEMENT.

    That being the case I would opt for a high cap weapon [ Glock 19/17 ] that I shot VERY well with.

    You are responsible for every round you send downrange.

    And running out of ammunition in what I would expect to be a target rich enviroment is a HUGE no - no.

    A backup is too obvious to even mention.Maybe 3 or more.

    And I like the 12 bore behind a counter in case I could access it.

    When I was an armored courier [ prior to LEO ] we all carried 3 or more handguns of center fire ability.

    Body armor is also a good idea as well as a ballistic panel or 2 that you can take cover behind.

    Something that would stop an AK-47 round.
     
  25. 22-rimfire

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    I think you are doing just fine, but I would keep a shotgun behind the counter and perhaps one other loaded handgun.
     
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