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Old March 22nd, 2017, 08:10 PM   #151
 
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It wouldn't surprise me. Lots of new gun owners find them attractive. I've been researching what to get for my CCW and for the longest time had my heart set on an LCP or other pocket pistol.

Then I had enough sense to go to a local range and rent a few to try. Didn't like them, rough to shoot, difficult to be accurate with. Going to go a different direction entirely.

ANYhow, I could see where people new to firearms, are attracted to them, but as they gain experience shooting, start looking for something a bit bigger that's easier and more comfortable to shoot.

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Very interesting information. I have an LCP but I lately I carry it only when absolutely nothing else is concealable. I've been carrying my larger more accurate firearms for the reasons listed in this article.

American Rifleman | Keefe Report: What's In Your Holster?

Estimates indicate nearly 13 million Americans have concealed-carry permits. Why each of those armed citizens chose to go through whatever process was necessary in their jurisdictions was a personal decision, but one that reflects making up their minds to be responsible for their own personal safety. In light of terrorist attacks at home and around the world, more and more Americans are choosing to arm themselves–note the record number of NICS checks on “Black Friday” this year. .
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The explosion in popularity of small, light, thin concealable .380 ACP pistols–guns in the Ruger LCP class–indicates that many armed citizens were concerned principally with a close encounter with a criminal attacker. Such guns can be fired at arm’s length, obviously, but they are not intended for the 50-yard X-ring at Camp Perry. Generally, they are suited to engaging a threat at close-quarters-battle distances.

But recent attacks by homicidal maniacs have changed the psychology of why many citizens choose to arm themselves for their personal safety. No longer is it simply a matter of your money or your life. .
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Defending oneself from a thug who wants your wallet at the ATM is a different matter altogether defending yourself from an attack from a mass murderer, whether motivated by a deranged mind or flawed, perverted interpretation of faith. Simply put, that pocket .380 may not be enough gun. That is why we are seeing increased interest in slightly larger 9 mm or .45 ACP pistols with better triggers, better sights and, sometimes, slightly more sight radius amongst firearm buyers.

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A gun with sufficient power to stop a threat and with sights and a trigger good enough to accurately place rounds on target across a courtyard or room is requisite. With possible engagement distances opening up and the potential need to stop multiple attackers, what's in your holster?


Am I alone in this shift to the larger firearms?

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I have "carried" my P90DC for many many years now.
Shoulder, hip, open, concealed..... all manner.

In winter my Shoulder rig or hip holster is covered often.
In summer, I just open carry. (maybe a "hawaiian"shirt)

I do have a .32 derringer in my pocket more often than not, but never considered it to be effective self defense gun.
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It wouldn't surprise me. Lots of new gun owners find them attractive. I've been researching what to get for my CCW and for the longest time had my heart set on an LCP or other pocket pistol.

Then I had enough sense to go to a local range and rent a few to try. Didn't like them, rough to shoot, difficult to be accurate with. Going to go a different direction entirely.

ANYhow, I could see where people new to firearms, are attracted to them, but as they gain experience shooting, start looking for something a bit bigger that's easier and more comfortable to shoot.
It ain't no secret that an LCP isn't a "range toy" but until you CC a big gun and deal with the normal day to day movements with a 3lb gun hanging from the belt you'll never appreciate the convenience that an LCP in the pocket offers.

As I type this I have an LCP in pocket and if I have to use the restroom I can drop trow without ever having to touch the gun, something like this is just an example of what full time carry issues can be.

After 7 years of CC I've come to the conclusion that one carry gun isn't the answer for me. I carry a "big gun"(G-23) more now than ever and it takes a bit to do but I'll always have an LCP in my pocket first and foremost.

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I have expanded to larger firearms. I have a pocket-carried mouse gun (NAA). I also have a 3" SP101 on one ankle, and a Crimson Traceable 2" SP101 on the other ankle, both in .357.
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I have expanded to larger firearms. I have a pocket-carried mouse gun (NAA). I also have a 3" SP101 on one ankle, and a Crimson Traceable 2" SP101 on the other ankle, both in .357.
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I have expanded to larger firearms. I have a pocket-carried mouse gun (NAA). I also have a 3" SP101 on one ankle, and a Crimson Traceable 2" SP101 on the other ankle, both in .357.
WoW! Where do some of you guys live or visit that you feel it necessary to carry that much firepower with you? I understand a LEO's need to carry extra firepower, but I don't get it for the average Joe.
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WoW! Where do some of you guys live or visit that you feel it necessary to carry that much firepower with you? I understand a LEO's need to carry extra firepower, but I don't get it for the average Joe.
Then, as an average Joe, what do you carry?
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Then, as an average Joe, what do you carry?
I pocket carry one LCR.
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I'm trying to find a compromise. Like to find a heavy revolver, small enough to conveniently carry but chambered in .357 magnum.

I realize it won't be a range toy either. However, if it is a beast to shoot, at least it will be a beast in a more effective caliber.

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It ain't no secret that an LCP isn't a "range toy" but until you CC a big gun and deal with the normal day to day movements with a 3lb gun hanging from the belt you'll never appreciate the convenience that an LCP in the pocket offers.

As I type this I have an LCP in pocket and if I have to use the restroom I can drop trow without ever having to touch the gun, something like this is just an example of what full time carry issues can be.

After 7 years of CC I've come to the conclusion that one carry gun isn't the answer for me. I carry a "big gun"(G-23) more now than ever and it takes a bit to do but I'll always have an LCP in my pocket first and foremost.
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I'm trying to find a compromise. Like to find a heavy revolver, small enough to conveniently carry but chambered in .357 magnum.



I realize it won't be a range toy either. However, if it is a beast to shoot, at least it will be a beast in a more effective caliber.


SP101 all the way.


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One of our county sheriff deputies ( recently retired) lives near me and we shoot together regularly. His off-duty concealed carry for years ( and still his favorite range gun) is a 1966 vintage Hi Power
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WoW! Where do some of you guys live or visit that you feel it necessary to carry that much firepower with you? I understand a LEO's need to carry extra firepower, but I don't get it for the average Joe.
How often do you visit the largest city in your home state?
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WoW! Where do some of you guys live or visit that you feel it necessary to carry that much firepower with you? I understand a LEO's need to carry extra firepower, but I don't get it for the average Joe.
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How often do you visit the largest city in your home state?
Exactly.

5 or 6 shots really isn't a lot in some areas, during the winter season in the north climate areas.
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Exactly.

5 or 6 shots really isn't a lot in some areas, during the winter season in the north climate areas.
I visit the metropolitan area of of a major city often. Avoid known gang areas the same as I would if I carried or not.

If a gun battle erupted in front of me I probably would not engage as I would have NO idea of who the bad guys are. I would clear myself from the scene as quickly as possible, but also be prepared to defend myself if need be.

My reasons for carrying a CCW are twofold. I'm not as physically fit as I once was (I have two artificial knees and I a pacemaker) and unable to deliver a debilitating blow as readily anymore. Secondly, my wife and I travel more now that we're retired, so we're exposed to restaurant and hotel parking lots quite a bit. I understand that the bad guys like to prey on older folks because they consider them easy marks. I will not hesitate to defend myself or my wife in that kind of situation.

It took me years to decide on whether or not to get a CCW permit. I went over all the possible scenarios in my mind before I decided. I'm not a vigilante out to save the world. I'm a very discreet carrier out to protect myself and mine. If I can't get it done with 5 shots or less then I've somehow gotten myself into the wrong battle.
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Around home it's the revolver to get me to the safe.

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