This is a discussion on I think I know the answer but? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Holger How so? If "the time" comes to use it, by definition, your life is at risk. Someone is about to either ...
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SIG P250 Full Size and SC 9mm
As a civilian, I probably would as something is better than nothing and the likelihood that you would actually need it is pretty slim, but that also depends on the piece, the ammo and how reliable I consider it. Glock, XD, M&P, etc. would probably be okay. Other, older designs I wouldn't trust so much.
If I absolutely had to I would. If it didn't function at least it could be used as a small striking weapon! :D
If you have a NIB gun, even if you can't get to the range, you can still do some dryfire testing to familiarize yourself with operating your gun. Cock the hammer, or rack the slide, operate the safety if there is one, pull the trigger, practice drawing from concealment. These are all things you can do without shooting it. In fact, you should do all this BEFORE you ever fire it anyway! You will feel much more confident and cut down on any surprises before shooting.
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- G. K. Chesterton
Only if it was a wheel gun or a Glock!
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In a battlefield pick up type situation, there's really no other choice other than certain death if you don't.
Other than that, I don't see a civilian situation where you can't at least have the opportunity for function testing.
In a civil unrest or riot situation, (similar to a battlefield pick up) I may fire a couple rounds at a safe target to get a feel for accuracy however, the only ammo available is probably just the ammo in the gun at the time. Other than that, the only reason I would have a pick up weapon was to assist me in escaping from the entire situation.
"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."
AlabamaConstitution of 1819: That every citizen has a right to bear arms in defence of himself and the state.
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I'm currently carrying a Beretta 92FS that I've never fired. I changed theaters and have qualified for the year, so haven't been able to weasel my way out to the range, yet. Not like I have a choice.
I wouldnt like it but Iwould carry it if I had no other choice......but like everyone else has said......and I think this is really just common sense....function test, GET to the range, etc. etc......Obviously, some guns would make me more comfortable in this situation than others.
"I would rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy!" - Dorothy Parker
Revolver, probably. Glock, NIB yes, used maybe, after a function/safety check.
Any gun I'm not familiar with enough to use, could actually increase the likelyhood of getting me killed while I fumble and curse.
I bought a Polish P-64 9x18mak not long ago. It's so very different from my Glock, I would never consider carrying it until it seems second nature at the range.
I would spend the time that you probably already have writing and reading the replies, by driving way out in the country somewhere, or a range and shoot it!
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If I weren't familiar enough with it to operate it, I would dry fire and get comfortable ASAP. I would hand cycle enough ammo through it to at least try and find major problems, then pencil test, and hope for the best. Not a great plan but if there is no choice...
as long as it will pass my inspection heck yes - any gun i have ever bought i have never fired until i bought it - lol
"Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars."
"Would you carry a firearm that you have never fired if it was your only option?"
As a last resort & an only option? ~ Of Course....absolutely I would.
That would be since it's possible to function check any firearm without actually firing it.
As a last resort and as my only option...I'd carry a Hi-Point or a Junk Jennings or a 50 year old imported "Saturday Night Special" in .22 SHORT over no firearm at all.