Have you ever had to work with gang members? These guys tend to stick together when they are together. Running from a fight can get them killed later. People seem to misunderstand the truly hard core criminal element. They operate on a sociopathic level that makes them more dangerous than your average purse snatcher.Quote:
But if he keeps coming, you have enough firepower to deal with him. If he has buddies, they will probably pick a or b above because this isn't their fight.
I carry my P-07 Duty with sixteen rounds. I know that I have enough for more than 95% of the times I might ever need it. I also know that seeing a larger gun has a bigger psychological impact. Most criminals will avoid getting shot. A group will back down when they think you have more bullets than they have people.
No I am not looking for a running gun battle. The simple fact is that mass shootings occur. "Flash Mob" attacks have started popping up in the criminal repertoire. Violent crime occurs less often than it did twenty years ago. The difference is that now the crimes are more violent and involve multiple assailants more often.
The times are changing and so is my carry choice.
Makes you a target too to those "job" criminals I talked about earlier.
Personal opinion ; summer and warm / hot weather is when more people are out, and more stuff is likely to happen ... so I want the best gun capacity and amount of ammo. It's not time for pocket carry.
Theodore Roosevelt had it right; walk softly and carry a big stick.
This is a firearm/CC/defense forum and, as such, specifically in this subsection, has threads and replies that tend to solely discuss "what if" or sometimes real scenarios. I tend to feel badly for many of my fellow forum members who seem to live and go about their daily activities as if they live in the middle of Bagdhad. Maybe I am very very fortunate but for 69 years, mostly in NY/NJ (not exactly a garden of peace and love), and now in Charleston, SC, I have never been put in a situation where the need for a firearm or the potential confrontational situation has ever taken place. Call it luck or call it my sense of acute situational awareness even in Walmart, or call it whatever---even a hint of naivete, but I truly feel concerned for our society when I read thread after thread and reply after reply that gives you a sense that this entire country is nothing but a lawless me vs the zombies society that is rapidly approaching armegeddon. I learn a lot from many of the threads and replies and can only hope that most of it is just words on the web. PS: I usually do not CC out and about but do CC in my car (road rage, breakdown on highway or middle of nowhere) and my household is "well prepared" since LEOs only investigate and do not protect.
And how to you survive anything, be it a weekend camp out or world war 3?
The answer is timeless and simple....
Figure it out yet?
You plan for the worst and hope for the best.
This boils down to this for me: I carry what I am most comfortable carrying and that I shoot with the greatest accuracy. In the summer now, this tends to be my Kahr CW9. At other times, it is the Glock 23. I will be adding the XD .40 service model to the mix as soon as I get a good concealment holster.
Other than occasionally buying both merchandise and groceries, I rarely go to Walmart. Too crowded and in some places, especially Martinsville, VA (I don't live there but used to be assigned there), the parking over there is a hangout for teenagers having conversations in their cars. And the one at Military Hwy. in Norfolk, VA, there was even a dead body in a parked car at their lot many years back.
Well, I"m the "opposite" of you. Worked violent crimes, etc. and catching /dealing with violent people, etc. I've seen what people can do. None it's very pretty. I also know that what most people "think" and see in the media, is only about 1/20th at a minimul of what actually goes on. You would be amazed at how much goes on that never will hit the news (including murders). I've been shot at several times, talked lots of people out of guns or knives they had at someone's head or throat, been threatened by the best, and even had BG's who threaten to kill me try breaking into my house to do in my familiy. But, I'm still here. So, my situational awareness was always on "extreme high", and now... about 1/2 as high as then.
Ok, now besides all of that, I am one of those people who it seems walks or turns the corner, at the wrong time. I'm always at the righit place at the wrong time. Consequently, even as John-citizen, I've walked into the middle , beggining or even the end of many things .... that I wished I hadn't.... but I was always in a good situation to handle whatever it was.
To answer your question, is there that much really going on there ? Yes, there is.
So, is it a good idea to always be prepared in case it does ? My answer, is yes. Or, you can leave
your being able to handle whatever might occur, to luck. Many victims wished they had never done that.
All of the above is the reason, I am always armed.
Is it, US vs. the zombies society that is rapidly approaching armegeddon ... NO ! !
But, if it occurs, I'm prepared... LOL... I have lots of "garlic".
I agree with the OPs assertion to step up to a 23 from a revolver. I have become more and more convinced that the revolver is relegated to the BUG role as far as defense goes. I am also becoming convinced that your primary better carry double digit rounds in it.
For the OP, I definitely think the move to a higher capacity gun was a good move. For the average Joe who doesn't work in a job where people get mad just cause he exists, a snubbie with a reload or two is not bad. Especially if Joe can put his shots where he wants them.