Do you carry or want to carry?
Many say that you should carry a large caliber gun. I say carry what is comfortable for you! Don't worry about what everyone says, they aren't the ones that will be carrying it. If you want to carry a small caliber, that is up to you. Something is better than nothing! While everyone agrees that a larger caliber has better stopping power, a .22, .25 or other small caliber can still be deadly with well placed shots!
Also, have options of carry. Don't buy a large framed pistol if you are going have a problem carrying it EVERYDAY! Buy something that will fit you and your daily attire. What good is a gun and a carry permit if it's left at home or you didn't want to carry because it's just too big/heavy or you didn't feel you needed it that day?
Us sheepdogs have the right to defend family/friends and the lives of others we don't even know. Lives can be saved by CCW'er's and it has been proven in many states and many different cases. But here's the thing, you need to have your gun on you in order for it to happen, right? You NEVER know when things are going to go south and that's a fact. It's our responsibility to help others in a life or death situation. I myself could not and would not walk away from someone in danger. If you have second thoughts about that, maybe you shouldn't carry a gun! That's just my opinion.
There are many different scenarios I could get into, but say you were in a restaurant with your family one day and some wacko decided to come in and open fire on innocent people because he had a bad day. Then you realize you left your gun at home because it was "too heavy or too big". Where does that leave you?? Up the creek, that's where! You could have stopped that person and saved lives (maybe your own even) but didn't have your gun. If you are unarmed, you don't have any options! I'm sure you get my point.
Of course you need good judgment and it is a very serious situation if you have to pull your gun and you should be ready for the physical and metal stress associated with it. All I am saying here is give yourself different options in regards to different carry rigs and smaller guns if that's what you need to carry EVERY DAY! It doesn't do yourself or anyone any good if your gun is locked up at home. Use your right to the fullest, be responsible and be safe!
The reason that inspired this thread is because I got home from dropping my kids off at school and was talking with my neighbor. He carries as well. He said he was off to Tampa to take care of personal business. I asked him if he was armed and he said he didn't feel like he needed to be today. I will get off my soapbox now......thanks for reading!