I'll be honest. Recent events have me changing my carry habits...

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    I'll be honest. Recent events have me changing my carry habits...

    I've been around here for a long time. I go through stretches where I post frequently and infrequently. Through it all, I've always carried. For much of the time, I've simply dropped my 642 in a holster and dropped it in my pocket, loaded with Speer Gold Dot 135gr +p. Sometimes I had a speed strip reload, other times I didn't. I was armed, and I'm good with that little snubbie because I've spent a lot of time and treasure becoming proficient with it.

    In the last couple of weeks, that's changed. I've sensed a change in the general mood. I don't know if it's the tragic school shooting, the general economy, post election malaise, Mayan Apocalyptic prophecy nutcases, a couple months removed from Aurora, or something else, but I've got a new sense of unease I haven't felt for some time. Maybe I've just been paying attention more. Who knows... Anyway, I've gone back to my full size XD-40 (12+1) with 180gr Win PDX1 in my Minotaur IWB, along with a mag pouch weakside with another 12 rd mag of the same. 25 rds of 180gr .40 rather than 5 (sometimes 10) rounds of .38+p in an easier platform to shoot well. Much of the time, my beloved snubbie is in my weakside pocket. I'm prevented by HR policy from carrying at work (and abide by their choice), but I do now secure my snubbie in my car now that Texas law changed last year preventing employers from banning CHL holders from storing their firearm in their car. I hadn't been doing that, but am usually at work very early and running errands on the way home. Prior to recent weeks, I didn't bother. I've always remained in Condition Yellow-that hasn't changed. I am making sure that my wife and kids do the same, and am frequently talking through my process in parking lots, restaurants, and stores over the holidays, pointing out the clueless and those that I'm paying attention to.

    Anyone else going through a similar mindset examination???
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    Yep. The world continues to get crazier by the day.
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    I went through this awhile back. 229 and 228 got put back into the rotation.

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    i haven't felt any changes 'in the air', but as a retiree, i'm not out in public as much as most folks.

    but i've always gone legally armed and carry at least two reloads for my carry weapon. and i try to stay in condition yellow as much as possible, although i too often fail to be as alert as i'd like.

    i'll be interested to see how other people respond to your question.
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    Nope, still carrying what I usually do, when the occassion permits.
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    I'll just say that I've gone from carrying about 50% of the time to 100% of the time, but no change in what I carry.
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    I just continue to carry my 442 snub and no other ammo. I don't expect to have a shoot out at the OK coral. So no need for multiple reloads. If I can't hit the target after this many years, I doubt another reload ain't the answer.

    I am always amazed at how many guns some of us carry.

    I think the real question is, unless you are a LEO or in that kind of business, why would anyone carry multiple guns?

    Please enlighten me as to any statistics where one needed the second (or third) gun for self protection? (because I can is not the answer either)...

    I'm asking real life, not James Bond. I really am curious...
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    Things do seem getting ready to boil over don't they? I've been considering making a change from my LCP to an LC9. Not because I feel under gunned with a 380, because I don't. But the changing dynamic suggests a need for increased distance capability that I would never have considered necessary before. Still thinking it over. I won't ever go full size, at least I doubt it. Just not practical for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camjr View Post
    Anyone else going through a similar mindset examination???
    Used to have a J Frame 642 revolver--now have a 20+1 capacity FN 5.7X28 semi auto. I agree with everything you have said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmagnuss View Post
    I went through this awhile back. 229 and 228 got put back into the rotation.
    If you ever want to sell that 228 let me know ;)


    I recently shot out all of my carry ammo and replenished the supply for the Taurus and the Springfield. Replaced Speer Gold Dot 124 grain with Remington Golden Sabre 124 grain +P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camjr View Post
    I've been around here for a long time. I go through stretches where I post frequently and infrequently. Through it all, I've always carried. For much of the time, I've simply dropped my 642 in a holster and dropped it in my pocket, loaded with Speer Gold Dot 135gr +p. Sometimes I had a speed strip reload, other times I didn't. I was armed, and I'm good with that little snubbie because I've spent a lot of time and treasure becoming proficient with it.

    In the last couple of weeks, that's changed. I've sensed a change in the general mood. I don't know if it's the tragic school shooting, the general economy, post election malaise, Mayan Apocalyptic prophecy nutcases, a couple months removed from Aurora, or something else, but I've got a new sense of unease I haven't felt for some time. Maybe I've just been paying attention more. Who knows... Anyway, I've gone back to my full size XD-40 (12+1) with 180gr Win PDX1 in my Minotaur IWB, along with a mag pouch weakside with another 12 rd mag of the same. 25 rds of 180gr .40 rather than 5 (sometimes 10) rounds of .38+p in an easier platform to shoot well. Much of the time, my beloved snubbie is in my weakside pocket. I'm prevented by HR policy from carrying at work (and abide by their choice), but I do now secure my snubbie in my car now that Texas law changed last year preventing employers from banning CHL holders from storing their firearm in their car. I hadn't been doing that, but am usually at work very early and running errands on the way home. Prior to recent weeks, I didn't bother. I've always remained in Condition Yellow-that hasn't changed. I am making sure that my wife and kids do the same, and am frequently talking through my process in parking lots, restaurants, and stores over the holidays, pointing out the clueless and those that I'm paying attention to.

    Anyone else going through a similar mindset examination???
    I thought it was just me. I put the 380 away and started carrying my M&P40 with an extra mag
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook74 View Post
    I just continue to carry my 442 snub and no other ammo. I don't expect to have a shoot out at the OK coral. So no need for multiple reloads. If I can't hit the target after this many years, I doubt another reload ain't the answer.

    I am always amazed at how many guns some of us carry.

    I think the real question is, unless you are a LEO or in that kind of business, why would anyone carry multiple guns?

    Please enlighten me as to any statistics where one needed the second (or third) gun for self protection? (because I can is not the answer either)...

    I'm asking real life, not James Bond. I really am curious...
    I rarely carry a BUG, but almost always carry a spare mag. To answer your question, the summer before Wisconsin got CC, they had a pretty large flash mob of one race near the state fair attack random people of another race. Had they had CC, I would not be sure that if a person carrying a 5 hole revolver with no reload decided to defend himself that the 5 shots would have dispersed the crowd. It may have, then again, when they figured out he shot out the ammo, they may come back with murderous intent. I realize that this is hypothetical as they did not have CC at the time and therefore, there were no CCers on hand to take a stand.
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