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Most? 2. Normally one handgun + one pocketknife.
Two concealed if my wife hands me her pistol before visiting a GFZ (for example, Post Office in the mall).
One open revolver + one concealed pistol while hunting.
The most at one time,
On duty - 3; my AR, my duty gun, and my BUG.
Off duty or on my CWP - two; a primary and a BUG, but it is usually just one.
Tomorrow's battle is won during today's practice.
Usually I carry just one, unless it is one of my revolvers (5 round capacity) then I will carry two, either another revolver or my Kahr CW9 9mm.
God bless our troops!
1 - After I was able to purchase a second gun, I only remember carrying 1 gun once. Ironically, that was the only time I was ever spotted carrying. This attractive, redheaded, female ex-LEO saw the small bump of my SP-101 just off my zipper line, and knew I was carrying. My fault: my pants were a bit too tight obviously. Since I seldom tuck my shirt in, I had been too cheap to buy a bigger pair of pants.
2 - 99.99% of the time I carry 2.
3 - Currently I'm carrying 3 at home because I'm trying out some new holsters. I'm making the most of my opportunities because I'm on a crash course to learn as much as I can.
Sometimes I'll carry 3 out into the world for a specific reason, such as going to an unpleasant area, but usually I can avoid such a situation.
4 - I once carried 4 when I had an aunt and uncle visit. We (along with my wife and daughter) went out to eat in a "good" part of town. I carried 2 snubbies to hand to my uncle if things went bad. He's carried a snubby for multiple decades and is a crack shot. Just planning for a worst-case situation, and I didn't want to hand him only 5 shots. My plan was for him to get all the girls to safety while I worked on any threat that came about.
Ironically, after we dropped the girls off at the front door of the restaurant, we witnessed a fight in the parking lot. After we went inside, one of the combatants came and sat at a table near our table. The entire lunch I was watching the door for the other combatant to return with a vengeance.
7 - Last winter I was invited to a men's event out at some guy's barn. I was told shooting would be involved, and I had a good friend who I was trying to introduce to guns. I took a collection of various sizes and calibers, 7 in all, in order to give him a good variety to shoot. I didn't want to leave them in his van because
So I carried them all concealed. It wasn't a problem because I had multiple types of holsters, and also was wearing insulated coveralls. Turns out they only allowed shotgun shooting, so I never uncovered any of my guns.
- I try to never leave a gun in a vehicle unattended
- His rear latch wouldn't latch, but was held shut by a bungee cord
- We parked almost 1/4 mile away and left the vehicles unattended
10 - As BkCo1 and DaveH mentioned with their good memories, I did conceal 10 once. I never intended to do so, but it was a culmination of events which forced me to make the choice:
Fortunately I had a great variety of holsters and holster types which enabled me to conceal all, with only an untucked, oversized shirt. I moved slowly, like an old man, among the buffet line and while walking through the restaurant and casino, but no one was the wiser.
- Driving cross country to visit relatives, with multiple guns to shoot and test
- Supposed to stay with a cousin in Vegas, but she unexpectedly had a houseful so they got us a hotel room
- Hotel room wasn't very secure, and I didn't want to leave the guns in the room while we went downstairs for supper
- Parking lot wasn't secure, so I didn't want to leave the guns in the truck
- I WASN'T going to put them in the hotel safe, as the security officer wanted
- The safest option to prevent theft was to carry them on me
I've never tried to see how many I could conceal. Listening to others give examples of great numbers, I probably don't have the guns and/or holsters to approach those large numbers.
I do like options. That's why I practice different holster types and setups. There may be an advantage to only having one holster and carrying it the same way every time, but that doesn't give the best option every time for me.
I'm still searching for different ways to carry... trying them all to learn what works for me and what doesn't.
Options are good. Both in guns and holsters. I encounter so many different types of carrying situations, differing in threat level, criticality of remaining concealed, and different clothing requirements that I prefer to have multiple ways to conceal.
And sometimes the perfect storm arrives when I see it as a benefit to carry more than 2.
Never to "just see how many I can". I have no need or desire to top the 10 in Vegas, and I hope I'm not in such a situation again. That was a result of poor planning on my part with no way to lock them up in a vehicle.
Two is usually enough, although I reserve the right to carry 3 (or more) if I so choose.
As a civilian, if you feel the need to carry more than one gun, then you are either visiting the wrong areas, or you're a bit too overly "prepared" (i.e., paranoid ).
And for those who say you can never be too prepared, then you may not be aware that your most likely cause of death in the world we live in will be a heart-attack or a car accident, and rarely -- if ever -- because you didn't carry a BUG!
But to each his own: If it makes you feel safer and less tense out in the world to carry 2, 3, or more guns (as carrying a single gun does for me), then I guess it's worth it.
two, a G30sf or RIA 1911 5" as a primary and a taurus .38 as a BUG
FWIW, I almost never carry back-up guns. I tend to carry multiple primary guns.
If nothing else, it is a matter of exercising a right. Rights not exercised tend to be lost. The socialists will take one thing at a time, if that is all they can get. The right to keep and bear arms, not the right to keep and bear one arm.....
I was reflecting upon carrying multiple weapons recently, wondering if I would really continue to carry two guns after retiring from "peace officering." Perhaps, not daily, but I think I will, most of the time. Perhaps they will be be two little guns, instead of the present double-stacks. If nothing else, I will always want something on my right hip; decades of that being my go-to default carry position make things hard to change. Plus, my new carry position for my lefty weapon. My left side is my new strong side, as injuries and infirmities afflict my right side. I have always been left-handed, but right-armed, and fairly ambidextrous. Indeed, ambidexterity has long been a motivator for me to carry two weapons, even if the second weapon is a stout blade instead of a gun.
To be clear, my "tone" here is friendly, not scolding.
But that is why I also said "But to each his own: If it makes you feel safer and less tense out in the world to carry 2, 3, or more guns (as carrying a single gun does for me), then I guess it's worth it."
If you feel the need, then go for it! I just don't feel the need, but I would never say it should be outlawed to carry more than one gun.
To much weight added to my belt as it is, what with a small LED flashlight, multi-tool, knife, cell phone, and OC...
90% of the time in uniform=2
90% of the time out of uniform/off duty=1
Now, no longer LEO, 90% of the time=1, but occasionally 2
Just a few times in my life have I carried 3.
My heroes are Veterans and My Father (who was a veteran).
I believe prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance should have REMAINED in schools, and the Ten Commandments should have REMAINED in schools, courthouses, and everywhere else it was before the ACLU got involved.
I never carry a back up gun (BUG), but a "secondary firearm. The norm is a pair of "worthy" guns, and at least one of them should be accessible with "both hands.".
When I'm woods bumming, if one of my two companions isn't a wheel gun + snake shot, then I do add a third gun, normally a NAA .22 Mag in my left front pockect. ( Hollow points, and snake shot goes a long also.).
If you are going to bother to carry a gun, and assume responsability, might as well grab another one. Murphy is always waiting.