Do you carry your best gun or a throw away beater for CCS?

Do you carry your best gun or a throw away beater for CCS?

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    Do you carry your best gun or a throw away beater for CCS?

    I have friends who have these wonderful expensive handguns, but for concealed carry, they opt for a cheap gun. Their theory is that if they are ever in a situation where they have to use it, they don't want the police to confiscate their expensive gun.

    I on the other hand, prefer to carry what I am confident with and most often that is the $600 plus gun rather than the $200 one I keep in the glove compartment.

    What is your choice?


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    I have a 1911 worth about $2,000 that I carry regularly. My husband's latest 1911 is worth more than mine and he carries it almost daily.

    For me, it's not about the $$$, it's about me, what I'm comfortable and my life. Would it suck to get my $2,000 Wilson Combat taken away from me? Yeah. But it would suck a whole lot more to die. Now, I'm not saying a $600 gun is cheap and I will carry a Glock or a Sig or HK or any gun that has proven to me to be reliable but price tag does not warrant what I carry... reliability and performance does.

    I trust my Wilson and that's why I carry it.

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    "they don't want the police to confiscate their expensive gun."

    Trust me. That will be right down there at the very bottom of your "worry list" if & when you ever have to use it.
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    I don't own any pistols worth over a grand, so confiscate away. I do dream about those "wonderful expensive handguns" from time to time.
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    I only have one right now. I think its silly they take your protection from those that may want to get back at you for using force.

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    Couldn't imagine leaving the better gun at home, no matter how much it cost.
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    Always the most reliable weapon that I'm good at using. To heck with the value when I'm in need of my weapon.
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    Im on the "I carry what I am confident with" camp. I dont have any "expensive" pistols, but if I did and it was what was the most reliable that is what I would carry. As QK said my confiscated pistol would be the last of my worries......
    Please take my posts with a grain of salt. I am frequently sleep deprived and always just on this side of "Krazy".

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    Cool

    Why would I want to trust my life to an old beater. I don't have any handguns worth over $800 and none worth less than $200 but whatever handgun I am carrying on any given day to me is priceless because I am trusting my life with it.

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    That would be like driving around in an old beat up car while leaving the BMW parked in the garage.

    If you have to worry about the cost or value of a firearm then why bother owning one of great value. Just get a Jennings, Raven or Lorcin and be done with it.

    I have two older handguns that I carry regularly, their cost in the 80's was between $100 & $300. Comparable pieces would be in the $400-$500 range today but it shouldn't matter. If the cheapie does the trick so be it but if the Ferrari of shooters is your cup o tea, then that will work too.
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    I just got a Kimber Ultra CDP II LG. Once it proves itself at the range, it will be on my hip.

    That is why I was asking. I have a couple Keltec's and such that I never carry, but are fun to shoot and I don't mind them being in less than a pristine environment.

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    I have an old S&W Airweight that I purchased new for $125 in 1969, I still carry it today as it has proved it's reliability! Of course they do cost a little more now!
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    I have always said that "The best available hand gun for defencive carry is only just good enough". Cost has a little to do with that, but my life has everything to do with that.
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    I don't have any "expensive" guns, but all my guns are quality guns, I have no "cheapies". I have a practice mirror of my carry gun. My primary has several hundred dollars worth of work on it that my practice gun does not.
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    My carry is what I trust to work everytime either in an emergency just at the range.
    As for confiscation I hope that I retained and continue learning what I have been taught in the different courses I have taken and would be able to have my carry firearm returned to me.

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