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Old July 11th, 2016, 06:43 AM   #16
 
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I always carry my Sig already, and as such, am always keenly aware of my surroundings.

One thing I have started doing, that I mostly did before but now it is a necessity, is make sure my EDC knife is always tucked in my left-hand pocket so I can get to it if my right hand is occupied. And I have started purchasing somewhat better knives that hold a keener edge as of late.



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Old July 11th, 2016, 07:02 PM   #17
 
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I always think the better defense is "avoidence".

Trust your gut, if it doesn't feel right, roll out. If someone doesn't look right, get away. Saw a guy in a DVD-game store, talking to the games and he was dressed bizarelly, like he bought everything that was on sale at International Male in some attempt to look like Sonny Crockett......I got away fast.....

Was at a K-Mart and saw a bunch of "minority" guys that stuck out like a sore thumb......eyeing me up a little too much. My gut told me to complete my purchases a little more quickly and be careful on the way to my car. I was also weakly concealing a 4" GP100, one guys eyes kept scanning toward my waist area where the obvious bulge of a large gun was. Maybe they were looking to rob someone, maybe rob me, rob the store, or steal something and they wanted to make sure no one who might actually do something was nearby. I never saw them follow me, but they sure weren't there to shop.

I also have a buzz cut and I'm clean shaven, and I like to think I'm fairly fit so I think most people think I'm some form of police-military- or "veteran who has it somewhat together", etc. I think that's also an unintentional "step" to greater safety, I look like I have more going on awareness-wise than the average complacent person who walks around with their face in a cell phone.
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Old July 11th, 2016, 07:27 PM   #18
 
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My son and i both carry, my wife can shoot. I started carying extra mags. I need more ammo.
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Not trying to be "that guy" but why is everyone so paranoid?? To the point you don't feel safe in your own home? Maybe I need to step it up a bit,

I live in Dallas where the recent police killings were, I was at a bar two exits north of where the shootings happened so I was not carrying but had my Shield9 in my car. I stayed at the bar till the madness was over around 1am. With my wife we went out to have a good time but felt terrible for what was happening very close to us. We could hear the sirens and choppers flying over us..

I work at a campus university (very vulnerable) but weapons are not allowed not could I work comfortably with a holster.
So really just carry where it's allowed.
I have a small child so as soon as I get home I put my gun away my weapons stay locked up, I play outside with my daughter, grill or work on the yard.
Doors stay locked during day time but I only turn on alarm at night.
At night I keep a Springfield XD9 in a safe next to bed. AR stays in safe unloaded with a magazine close by just incase.
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Old July 12th, 2016, 06:00 AM   #20
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Nothing has really changed. I still carry at all times and keep very aware of where I am going and what is around me. I am perhaps more vigilant. Current events are a bit scary nowadays... I keep in contact with God more.
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Fortunately, I saw this coming about 4 1/2 years ago. Since then I've increased my hard metal count, my internal projectile count, external defense, and became more situationally aware (if that's a word). I've selectively cultivated relationships with like minded civilians, first responders and professionals who share similar concerns.

No plans are ever perfect, but I feel fairly comfortable considering where I live.
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Nothing much different than my normal routine of being acutely aware of my surroundings and throwing my BG .380 in my pocket everywhere I go. On the road I just keep composed and let the occasional idiot engage someone else if he wants to rage out. I do pop a charged magazine into my Bushmaster QRC and keep in in reach when I'm at home (about the only thing I do different lately). Unfortunately, I was out of town for a week and a half last week in Connecticut (which doesn't honor my Pa. CCW) when all the recent "stuff" went down, which was slightly unnerving....Nice to be back home in a free state....
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Not much has changed in my world. Carry everyday all day, sleep with one by my bed. Northern Utah is not a hot bed of hostilities but I am still very careful.
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For 34 years I worked in a Medical Center in NY that was located in "The Projects" and the only weapon I had was my situational awareness. Even if you had a CCW you couldn't carry because the campus was a Gun Free Zone. When I left that environment for Florida I took full advantage of my new rights. That was 12 years ago and except for tweaking my carry method, nothing has changed. People need to get their heads out of their phones and pay attention to the real world. Pulling your weapon and using it is the last thing you want to do. I am not a Cop and I'll never be a gunfighter because I'm too old and slow. Like Dirty Harry said,"A man's got to know his limitations".
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I may be somewhat "paranoid" but I have been to some of the worst places in the world and deal with the worst people the world has to offer every day (as a Corrections Officer), so I know for every one that's locked up there are 10 out walking the Earth. It's also in the back of my mind, and probably everyone that works in the Law Enforcement field, that someone you pissed off at some point is going to come after you,or you may run into them on the street.

I'm not married anymore but I told my parents, if we're ever out and about somewhere and I tell you we need to leave, don't ask questions, just stay with me and we need to get out there, and I'll explain once we're safe. Once my Daughter is old enough she'll get the same rundown. Almost EVERY cop, CO or other person in my field has gone over this "drill" with everyone in their family, not to question them when they say something is wrong or they need to get out of somewhere, it's for a reason. Sure, people ask "why let those people win" but do you really want to risk having to shoot it out with your family with you, or swallow your pride and just retreat to safety.

Also, ask any Vet who's been in actual combat, or a street cop that's been in bad scenarios...... that you just "know" when something doesn't feel right. Kind of a calm before the storm feeling, either things get way too quiet, or suddenly very hectic.........the environment "changes" , the feel in the air changes, things suddenly feel "charged", it's hard to explain unless you just know it. They tell you, in jail or prison, if a loud, busy area suddenly gets dead quiet,then it's time to get ready.

I firmly believe people, like many animals, have a built in instinct and a feeling in our nervous system to alert us of danger or sudden changes, you just have to tune yourself into it. Like dogs can sense fear or agression, I believe so can people. Ever been out in public and someone just "felt" hostile, or you suddenly just felt alert and noticed someone glaring at you? Or the feeling in a crowded bar right before people start fighting?

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I have made sure I have at least 1,000 rounds of ammo for every weapon I own...excep the shotguns. ALWAYS CARRY and so does the wife. Knives, escrima sticks in both vehicles and sometimes a lever-action in the trunk. And have added a karmbit knife to the
EDC family and have the teaching videos about its use from Doug Marcaida, a true expert in the field.
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i worked overseas in some high threat places and after returning to the u.s. six years i got several handguns and a ccw permit. otherwise i admit that i let down my guard as i considered myself to be safer at home in the u.s. events have woken me up. i avoid public events and target rich venues. the rest is reawakened radar.


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I moved out of IL.
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The last year or two has been unsettling and tensions are high

I've taken enhanced steps to protect my family... What are you all doing?

1) my situational awareness is at its peak
2) I carry everywhere and all the time (where not illegal)
3) I carry in the house... And I now keep a loaded firearm at bedside when I'm in bed... Not in the small safe... But accessible and in reach (no kiddos in my house anymore)
4) I lock the outside doors all the time
5) my wife asked me to teach her how to shoot and use a gun safely (she's thinking about a carry permit)

What are you all doing?
This^^^^^ EXACTLY!
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1. Alarm system for the house -- a good one.

2. I have essentially a lifetime's supply of ammo outside of range use, and I always buy my range ammo and thus preserve my stockpiles.

3. Got my CCW permit, which is no small chore in Democrat-occupied California.

4. I probably should carry more than I do. I go to court many days a week (attorney) so it is not practical to carry on those days as I do not like leaving a firearm in my car.

Orange County, CA is not a hotbed of crime but we have our share, and as my CCW instructor said last week, "...the jihadis are coming..." what with Obama and Clinton wanting to let in tens and tens of thousands.
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