This is a discussion on Is It Overkill to Carry Three? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Hopyard Agreeing with Sixto's answer here, we do still have to hear from Grady. Grady called, he agrees with me....
It comes down to what works for you. Overkill is in the eyes of the beholder. In the 'stans, an EBR and a couple of AT4's would not be overkill.
I have opted for a range of response options. I carry a AI Stylus Kubaton for typing on my cell phone and minor attitude adjustments; a Spyderco Endura 4 for opening packages, cutting my lunch, and more serious attitude corrections; and a compact M1911 for the gravest extreme and better range. Oh, and a cell phone of course. I find that this response spectrum serves my purposes best. Only you can decide what works best for you.
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I always carry 2 but if the situation or location requires it, I go with 3. They are faster than a reload.
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I don't worry about reloading and since your carrying them, I say go for it. If I ever went to Detroit, I'd probably carry at least that many plus a vest. I just might bump into some of the formal tenents at the hotel I work at, and they might be a little P.O. about having to follow rules.
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I often carry two...but three like Ramrod says would be tiring to keep track of and dress around but if I could do so comfortably absolutely, and dont think it weird for you to do so.
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When I leave the home port:
S&W 642 Airweight, Ruger SP 101, Colt Detective Spec., CZ RAMI, Kahr PM9, Kahr CW40, S&W Model 10-7, Glock 30, 19, and 26, Browning Hi Power, CZ82, Colt Commander, Dan Wesson PM7, Ruger LCP
Reminds me of the movie "Unforgiven", where the 1 armed guy has 4 or 5 pistols. His buddy tells him, "Clive, you only got one arm, and you got 5 pistols......."
His response - "I don't wanna die for lack of shooting back !".
I'm all for multiples and NY reloads.
Nope, because most of us carry two and some of us carry three. I have had the G20, the G19 and a S&W snubby on my person at times....that is not the norm, but I have done it.
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I'd say, and forgive me for being harsh, that you're approaching looney tunes-ville if you think you need to carry 3 pistols while you go about your daily routine. One should be plenty for civilians, carry backup ammo if you feel the need...two firearms if you really are worried about malfunctions or want a NY re-load if needed. If you think you need three you should be opting for defensive measures(kevlar, steel plates, body armor, etc.) at that point. If you think you need three than you are going into places that you aren't comfortable with...stay out of those places. You've taken this much too far IMHO if you think you require three firearms to go about your daily activities.
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I do at times carry 3 guns. Most generally the third is mouse gun like the Ruger LCP in a pants pocket with primary and BUG in decent quality holsters. I will say that frequently business takes me not only to unfamiliar crime ridden cities, but also I may be staying and or working in not the best part of town in those unfamiliar surroundings.
"The gun is the great equalizer... For it is the gun, that allows the meek to repel the monsters; Whom are bigger, stronger and without conscience, prey on those who without one, would surely perish."
Why not one on the other ankle and in every pocket? Somewhere you have to establish a point of practicality, and only you can answer that for yourself. For me, one is fine.
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The point being: if you can easily integrate multiple weapons into your lifestyle, clothing and carry methods, there's no reason to not consider doing so other than probabilities.
Myself, I have carried two firearms, a knife and other items. Haven't carried three, nor felt the need to do so. YMMV.
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Well to me it seems excessive. I would rather use that pocket space for a nice multi-tool or something useful like that and I would get a cool boot knife for the ankle. I dont think you are looking for trouble and I believe you have the right to carry all three. But for me I would rather diversify. :)