This is a discussion on Reality within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by MadMac Two words: Overactive imagination. Yes, anything can happen to anyone at anytime. How much time/effort did you spend protecting yourself from ...
Why not throw in my thoughts. Self defense ammo has come a long way in that most calibers will carry sufficient energy and create a nice wound channel. It is a matter of what YOU are comfortable with. Find a gun that you like and can shoot well. Practice and eventually any discomfort you have carrying, no matter the size, will disappear. For those anal folks I do not mean that you can make a S&W 460 6" magnum a comfortable carry.
I am quite comfortable with with my EDC which is 90% either a H&K P2000 or P2000sk. When concealment is a huge problem I can carry a Kahr. I like .40, except for the Kahr, it gives me a nice middle of the road answer for capacity and bullet size.
If you carry a $3000 Les Baer in a $300 custom holster and do not practice and train it will not matter. If you practice and train properly your $400 Sig Pro in a $30 Don Hume will serve you very well.
Lastly I feel the safety is a very personal choice. I have a 1911 which I love to shoot but almost never carry. Coming from NY I came to guns late in life. I do not have 30 years of experience that flips the safety without a thought. I shoot a 1911 in competition and when you get nervous you can forget. I have probably forgot to engage the safety 5% of the time in competition. Maybes 2 seconds lost. In a gunfight maybe your life lost.
Those of us who enjoy guns and are committed to self defense will practice an train for a very rare encounter. Enjoy your practice and training. Hell! It's fun. Don't get too serious about life. You aren't going to make it out alive.
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I'm going with my LC9, and the LCP for daily cc. Xtra mag carrier for both Rugers. I honestly think that I'm set for most shtf. If 28 pills isn't enough..guess I'm in pretty bad trouble.
All men are equal...CC makes us equal-er.
Let me ask the experts one question...... I often hear and read about the factoid that most defensive encounters happen at less than 6 feet...... Is that really true. Couldn't these distances be skewed with encounters between law enforcement officers and possible felons? A law officer is often very close to possible law breakers......often within arms-length....that's their job, right?. Do these defensive encounter distance figures include law enforcment encounters......or does it only include civilians?
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Madmac: I think the "LTC pistolero" you referred to was probably Dave Grossman--who wrote the book "On Killing". If it was Dave you were referring to, he would NOT call himself a pistolero and your characterization of him is rather unfair and unjust. He is a Psychologist who was also an Army Ranger and his book and talks are not so much about pistol tactics as about the physcological aspects and impacts on people when they kill other humans and preparing those who go in harm's way.
Some of us who have had terrifying and life-altering encounters at the hands of bad guys take our training and SA fairly seriously. I am not a slave to feeling constantly victimized, but I know from first hand experience that bad guys do NOT make appointments and can show up unannounced during the most mundane of life's moments and a day can go from a great family day to absolute terror in the blink of an eye.
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Never found flicking my thumb 1/2" to be all that time consuming on my 1911 which I carry daily. I'll take my chances with it, knowing it puts bullets where I aim, and VERY large ones at that.