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Old July 25th, 2016, 06:23 PM   #46
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Old July 25th, 2016, 08:11 PM   #47
 
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No, it's not ignorance, it's fact. Not every area of the country has been transported into a "war zone" or areas where you feel the need to be armed 24/7. How do I know? because I live in one. People look out for each other and their property where I live. There hasn't been any violence or even a break in around here in I can't remember when. I have accidentally left my house unlocked or garage doors open for a couple days at a time........Now, COULD something bad happen here? well certainly it could. Same as I COULD be struck by lightning, but neither has happened yet. I do have weapons in various places around my house, but I just don't feel the need to have one in my hand, on my person or my vehicle outfitted like an urban assault vehicle at all times
First off, YOU are the only one who said anything about carrying a gun 24/7, living in a war zone, having a gun in your hand all day while at home, or having an arsenal.

Thats not what people are even talking about, thats what YOU are shoving into the conversation while totally ignoring the details about what others are saying.

The only point you have made is that you think people that take their familys safety seriously, are paranoid and ridiculous. OK we get that. Im happy you live in lalaa land with nothing but rainbows and unicorns. Good for you. I wish you a long and healthy life and alot of luck when some drug addict decides to rob your home for his next fix.
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I'm afraid you may be fooling yourself. I, too, live in a rural area in s.w. GA and was lulled into that false sense of security until 2 years ago. Two men forced themselves into my closest neighbors home, tied the woman up and ransacked her home. The stress of the situation caused the victim (an 88 year old woman who lived alone) to go into cardiac arrest and she later died as a result. I am no longer fooled into thinking that "it won't happen here"
I live in central Pa, very rural. In the past year we have seen a large increase in out of state vehicles, mostly Maryland & NY, of hood rats & junkies out cruizing rural areas looking for an easy secluded home to knock off. They have obviously figured out they stand a better chance of getting away with law enforcement a long ways off.
Not 2 weeks ago, a good friend had a guy from MD arrested on his property about midnight. An off duty cop on his way home from work, seen the car there on his way home and stopped to check it out since he knew the occupants of the home. The man was arrested and had drugs and a stolen gun.
In a totally different crime, A few nights before, not a mile away, and elderly mans home was invaded in the middle of the night, he was robbed and several guns taken. Thank God they didnt hurt him.
Last fall, I had a man from MD in my driveway with all his lights out at 11pm. I live about 500 yards off a township road out in the sticks. He also opened my gate, ignored the no trespassing signs and drove right up to the house. I took a 12 gauge and a spotlight out, removed him from his vehicle at gunpoint and held him until LEO got here and removed him to jail. He had drug para in his car. He also had felony warrants.

So anyone who thinks they are all peachy and safe, regardless of location, are delusional and in imagination land.
We have a national drug problem, and its effects are spreading at an alarming rate into areas that have never seen it. Being well prepared to protect yourself and family is the only smart thing one can do.

Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
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I carry at all times except sleep and work, my LC9s. Considering adding a LCR in .357 to the stable as well, but for now the LC9 is my only carry gun, and I keep it concealed about 80% of the time. I tend to wear it OWB, or more accurately IWB but shirt tucked behind it, while hiking and fishing, as I'm a big boy and I get sweaty.

For in the home, the LC9 stays on me till I get ready for bed, then gets locked in the speedvault in the basement stairs. My bedside table houses my RAP 9mm. That will move under the bed when I get another speedvault. The wife doesn't know it's in the table. The bedroom closet has a biometric safe with the S&W40e and the SR1911, and I have plans to install a rack in the top of the closet that will conceal my Mossberg 500.

I round out my EDC with a zippo, flashlight, and a variety of knives, mostly sturdy lockblades, but also including a Gerber Ghoststrike. At work, I've started carrying my new Condor Nessmuk. Maybe overkill for where I work, but it's subtle enough under my shirt and I like the weight.

I live and work in a fairly rural area of western NH, and while it's far better than the FL area I used to live in, the drug issues are creeping in ever faster. About 3 years ago, the credit union a few doors down from my house was robbed right about noon. I had been out with my daughters getting them lunch when it happened. After we got home and I saw the officers canvassing the area, I met the ones coming through my back yard with the dogs and AR's with my P95 (since sold to pay a bill) on my hip. While they assured me there was no danger, I chose to take the girls to my in-laws until my wife got home.. and then I met her at home and gave her a run-down on exactly how to operate that pistol

It was shortly after that I upgraded my selection of weaponry and started getting ready to CCW. Wife isn't in to it, not really, but I have noticed that she'll ask me if I have my gun with me when we go to the larger cities on the other side of the state..


Edit: I later found out that the getaway car from the bank robbery was parked about a hundred yards from my back door. The guy crossed the yard of a daycare, gun out and mask up, to make it to the sidestreet where he parked the car.

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I don't carry around the house, but I do keep guns strategically located. As example: My main home defense pistol is my M&P 9FS (17 round mag). It has a viridian light/green laser on it.




I used to keep it in a biometric GunVault mounted low on the bed frame, but I was having issues getting the vault opened and also trying to change the battery. So I removed the gunvault from the bed, and did a lot more programing of my right thumb to the point where it opens on the first swipe every time. That is the key -- take one finger or thumb and make at least a dozen copies of your print so that the scanner will recognize your thumbprint no matter how it is presented.

I moved the gunvault into my office and keep it mounted on the computer cabinet right below where the monitor sits. At night, the gun goes back into the bedroom and rests on [top of my nightstand. I do NOT keep a round chambered as I have no confidence that I wouldn't do something stupid in the fog of night. As it takes but just a second to chamber a round -- and with the fact that that noise itself would probably make 99% of intruders get the hell out there -- I think I have the best compromise.

I keep another gun (my Shield 40) inside a big lamp table next to my tv chair. It is chambered and locked. It is located inside the lower door, mounted up top:




An intruder would most likely try to enter the house through a set of French doors from my deck that runs the whole width of the backside of the house. (My other two doors are very secure.) I keep a motion light ON back by the deck. While we are watching tv, if anyone triggers the motion light, I simply reach down, open that door, and my gun is quickly in my hand.

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First off, YOU are the only one who said anything about carrying a gun 24/7, living in a war zone, having a gun in your hand all day while at home, or having an arsenal.

Thats not what people are even talking about, thats what YOU are shoving into the conversation while totally ignoring the details about what others are saying.

The only point you have made is that you think people that take their familys safety seriously, are paranoid and ridiculous. OK we get that. Im happy you live in lalaa land with nothing but rainbows and unicorns. Good for you. I wish you a long and healthy life and alot of luck when some drug addict decides to rob your home for his next fix.
Why don't you actually read the posts first, before you spout off. Several said they have upgraded, carry more or bigger weapons, have added shotguns in their cars and now carry at home all the time. So I am NOT the one who started anything, only responded to what was written. Also I did not say I wasn't prepared, I said nothing had changed here. But again, if you had actually READ the posts, you would know that
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We live in the country. We enhanced our alarm system, upgraded our gate operator and intercom and lock the deadbolts when at home or gone. There is always a pistol handy in every room.
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Only thing I do differently now is when I go to Denver I replace my carry gun (LC9s) with my SR1911.
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Why don't you actually read the posts first, before you spout off. Several said they have upgraded, carry more or bigger weapons, have added shotguns in their cars and now carry at home all the time. So I am NOT the one who started anything, only responded to what was written. Also I did not say I wasn't prepared, I said nothing had changed here. But again, if you had actually READ the posts, you would know that
You obviously like find fault and arguing. Practice what you preach. Conversation over.
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Our families... my woman's BIL... and me... live close. Our homes are located up private roads... about 9k feet from the main road each... not quite two miles.

We are on high-ground... have places similar to "Little Round Top"...

Over the past few years... the BIL and I don't get along too good... but lately, we have mutually agreed to set-up some parameters to defend this hill. Satisfied... if I was a man comin' up that hill with bad intentions... and happen to get passed that tree-line way out there... I would not give a plug-nickle for my chances to continue. That's a fact....

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I never go out side without a gun on me,now that i'm older 66 years.These young bucks around here don't respect anyone these days.
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I moved out of IL.
I'm working on doing the same ^; more so because of the anti-individual rights culture that prevails than because I think I'm going to find anywhere that's "safe" ...

That said, I've carried since my right to was confirmed by statute and of course, the requisite fees & form filed!

I don't always carry at home, but once I holster up to leave the house, I carry until I make sure the door is locked at bedtime ...

When I'm not carrying, I've got options close at hand on both floors....

I find myself avoiding large public gatherings, particularly in locations where carry is prohibited by statute ...

I've taught my wife & daughter to shoot, and am working on moving them to a mindset to "carry" ....
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About the most I've done is purchase some short barrel ammo for my .357. I recently moved to a new house and it's shall we say, "quaint", and should I have to discharge a round inside for whatever reason, I'm pretty sure I'd be feeling it as much as the bad guy. But otherwise I've just been trying to put all of this hubbub out of mind.
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Since ancient times...

People throughout History have been complaining about bad times coming. Many times in the past bad times came true. Here, now most of us in the US hear tell read about bad times. Individually for most it ain't HERE. NOW. Today or even tomorrow.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse! Oh my.
I trust the experience and advice of my parents. Asked my dad about the hippie drug free love culture Vietnam protest culture etc. during the 60's - 70's. He said if cameras had been as prevalent during his youth...(my father was born in 1901)...none of this would be surprising. And here I'd thought my main man was so respectable! A pillar of the community!
Easy and on demand information almost always skews toward the blatantly sensational. Like the news. Or even the internet where we are here now.

So with a large grain of salt since I've been CC'ing over 15 years (does ANYONE even remember Y2K? And oh my the furor!) I HAVE been upping my game.
A Zoom snap caps. Champion shooters dry fire. A lot. So have I. Lately.

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