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Old October 17th, 2016, 07:21 PM   #61
 
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I don't think of myself as much of a doomsdayer but many recent events have caused me to think about where I'm going to be and what situations I may encounter. For most of my day to day routines, I find my LC9s a comfortable carry and it's useful to about 25'. If I'm going to a mall or movie theater, I now carry something I can more comfortably hit my target from 50-75'. Just seems to me that some of the scenarios for carrying are causing me to rethink what I'm carrying and why.



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Old October 17th, 2016, 10:26 PM   #62
 
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This year on raising my safety I began to avoid people for the most part. I don't hide by any means but the only large crowd events that I have attended are gun shows. Even there I am very aware of everything and everyone around me. No matter what building I enter I learn where my escape routes are first. Then I look for cover spots. I run different possible attack senerios through my head according to the layout of the floor plans. I know it may sound sketchy but to swim like a duck you have to think like a duck.
I carry everywhere I can. Most the time I have either my LC9s pro on me or my 9E. If one is on me the other is also on me or in the car. I never leave home without at least one of them but most the time I have both at me ready. Always have extra mags. Always reload with JHP's before I carry.
Between the home range and the state range I will discharge at the very least 300 rounds a week. The state range does not like pistols being drawn from holsters so there I run some weak side drills. Home range sees lots of other practice. Tuck, roll, draw and fire type stuff. Even have a old car that I develop different senerios around. Some may think it's stupid but in a high stress situation that you have not been trained for you may fail. I try to think of almost anything out of the box. Failure may mean my life or the people around me that I am attempting to protect.
This year has seen a lot of new steps in the way of keeping myself and others safe. I have carried for years but until this year I have never tested and drilled myself like I have done this year. I feel much more confident that if a situation arose I could handle it much better then I ever could have before. Soon I hope to begin helping others in my community become more aware and raise their ability to protect themselves and the people around them.
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Have a 45 AND a 38 within reach.
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Extra mags for daily carry. Extra mags for the Mini 30. Switched the shotgun (kept mostly for coyotes) from #2 birdshot to #4 buckshot.
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Old October 19th, 2016, 04:11 AM   #65
 
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I placed a sign in my front yard with an arrow pointing to my neighbors house. The sign says, "Liberals with no guns and lots of valuables." Then I placed another coffee can with empty shot shells by my front door.

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Old October 19th, 2016, 06:37 AM   #66
 
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At home, we added a dog...a half-lab +half-pitt...got him free from sister-in-law in OH. He's 11 month-old, weighs 75#+...is intelligent...is good with our kids...clears our 48" chain link fence in a single bound...and we've seen his 'defense-mode' response twice.

W.O.W....is all I'm going to say!

If anyone ever tries to attack someone in our family or break-into-our-house...I'm going to have time to walk to the safe... consider which weapon I may wish to retrieve, get some ammo and load it, go out back and grill up a nice filet mignon medium-well, then head back over to where this dog (Maximus...Max for short) and whatever idiot(s) have tangled....and assess to see if the guy(s) are still alive and need help or the dog's enjoying a nice dinner!

Can't believe we got such a beast for free!

Even when I'm sleeping he's got to have his head or paw laying on me somewhere! My wife even snuggles with him when she's cold! Great dog!
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I've made a few, small changes in SOP at home; but when travelling I now [never previously] always make sure I have topped off my gas tank before retiring for the evening [hotel, vacation home, friend's home, etc]. My reasoning is, if the SHTF while I am asleep, at the very least I know I can get back to within 300 miles (+/-) of home before I have to start praying that gasoline is still available and/or walking.
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1. Avoid confrontation at all costs.
2. Flee from confrontation.
3. 99.99999999% of all problems never an issue!
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I've tried to increase my sense of situational awareness. Its so easy to get complacent in familiar settings, but with all the violence happening in this world I try to remain more vigilant. I also stopped rotating between my LC9s and my S&W 642. The 5 shot snubbie now stays home and the 8 round LC9s has become my everyday carry. I am started to carry an extra mag most of the time, something I had not been doing.
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I went from having 3 pistols to 5 and also got a 9mm carbine. I carry a Bodyguard .380 in an IWB holster and will check the security access doors in our apartment building, since people will jam things in them to keep them from latching, and have gotten in and gone down to break in to cars in the paid parking garage. We also had a guy get in and beat and rob an old man at gunpoint that had just moved in one floor below me.

I'm also waiting for an IWB sticky holster to arrive to start carrying my LCRX-3 38+P in to have a little more punch than the .380 has.
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I carry everywhere it's legal, even in church. My wife never goes shopping alone and we tend to avoid malls and crowded events. There's a bad drug problem in our area and you never know when someone may see us as easy targets (gettin' old). Maybe we are paranoid but that doesn't mean they're not out to get us!
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Speaking of safety, I was recently asked "what steps would you take in the event of an active shooter?" Evidently "big ones" was not the answer they were looking for!
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