About a week ago I walked into a gun shop just to look like I've done so many times before. There it was: an identical gun to my carry, slightly used but with much less wear than mine. Judging from the barrel wear as compared to mine, I'd guess it had maybe 200-400 rounds through it.
I had been looking for another .45 identical to my EDC. I hadn't committed to ordering one yet, but I've been casually looking for months. I was hoping to find a new one on the shelf, but nothing had popped up yet.
Buying a used gun does give me some pause, just as if I was buying a used car. I wonder why it was sold, and if there was a problem with it. However, I've purchased several used guns from reputable makers and never had an issue with any of them.
So I inspected it, asked the owner to disassemble it for a look inside, then told him I'd be back with cash. Since he operates on a slim margin and doesn't shaft people, I chose to go get cash rather than pay with plastic in order to save him the 3% cc fee. When I returned and wrapped it up, without saying a word about it, he lowered the price 3%. I didn't even notice it til after I left the store. Yes, that's how tunnel visioned I was.
(No pics because
- My camera got stolen
- I'm too cheap to buy another, at least while there are still guns to buy
- I forgot how to post pics anyway
- Daughter, aka camera genius, who has a camera, is on her way to the oily Gulf coast
- If you've seen one stock XD .45, you've seen them all)
I passed the gun to a friend and asked him to test it. He usually shoots my guns before I do because he can shoot just outside his back door. Him: country. Me: 'burbs.
He ran 96 rounds of my carry ammo through it as fast as he could. 96/96, no issues, other than having to wait for the barrel to cool before he cleaned it. He gave it a good test.
While he had it, I began to do some research. I had noticed a small difference between it and my EDC. The small hole in the top of the slide was slightly bigger on the newer purchase, whereas my EDC has a roll pin in the small hole.
I thought Springfield might have made a slight change in the guns since they were 3 years apart, but after some research and a call to Springfield, they indicated the roll pin should still be in place. :( They said they would ship me several free of charge, and that it would be easy to install.
But since I'm concerned about possible damage to the striker, I plan to send the slide to them for inspection, and the addition of night sights while they have it.
Springfield believes the pin must be broken off but still partially there, but I sure can't see it even after several inspections with a good flashlight. I could disassemble the components of the slide to verify, and I may... or I may just send it to them to fix it.
Anyway, I have always been hesitant to purchase used guns, but I have done it several times. This is the only issue I've encountered, and it doesn't seem to be a big one. The gun still functions, 96 out of 96 times, but I'll still get the roll pin replaced pronto.
(Oops, forgot about that Davis .380 a few years ago. That cracked slide, perhaps a shot or two from launching back into my face, taught me quite a bit about research and guns in general. )
Carrying multiple guns
The number of guns we carry, and how we carry them, are individual choices. I realize some here do not carry yet, and some carry only periodically. Not my preferred methods, but the choice belongs to each individual.
Others carry a gun as much as possible. Still others prefer to carry 2 guns, and a small minority will sometimes carry 3.
For the last couple years I've carried a .45 and a .357 BUG. I like that combination.
But I also have 9mm guns that hold 18, and I now have 2 .45s that hold 14. Why not carry 2 fullsize guns if it's possible, and even easy?
Is it because maybe I don't trust my EDC... due to limited testing of it? Is it concern over a right-hand injury or preoccupation, which leaves me with only 5 rounds available from my left hand? Is it just my nature to think "what if" concerning even the remotest of possibilities? Who knows and who cares.
But the result is I have been gradually gravitating to the belief that it is in my best interest, and the best interest of my family, to carry 2 full-size guns when possible.
Okay, here is where people often start with the "paranoid" comments. Fine. Have you been reading the news from St. Louis and its adjoing 'burbs lately? How about the "In the news" threads from St. Louis in this forum alone, from this week alone?
If you feel a need to comment on paranoia in my circumstances, especially since you are not aware of my daily travels or encounters, nor my manner of work, nor the amount of firearms or other costly stuff I have in my control, nor my physical situation, nor my neighbors, nor my neighborhood, nor any other aspects related to me... well, go ahead and make the "paranoid" comments. I won't debate you because you don't have enough pertinent information on the specifics to qualify as a debater on this issue.
Back to my point: when clothing and situations allow, I've replaced my .357 BUG with a second .45. It doesn't take up much more room on my belt because I often don't carry a spare mag now due to lack of space on my belt. Or you could say I still carry a spare mag, although my spare mag holder is another gun.
So I know this will be an unpopular decision with many, perhaps most. We all make our own decisions based on our perceived threat levels and our comfort levels, and I've made mine.
I'll be sending the slide off to Springfield when I can find a few spare moments, but until then, and after I get it back, I'll be carrying 2 full-size guns when possible.
Are there possible issues with a jury due to carrying 2 full-size guns? Perhaps. Carrying any 2 guns is a possible issue. I heard a retired judge say on the news recently, "No one carries 2 guns unless they intend to use them." Oh really, dip? Does every LEO who carries 2 guns intend to use them? Is carrying 1 gun okay, but the addition of a 2nd automatically makes one a BG? If you're that anti, I'm glad you're retired. Why don't you go find a rocking chair somewhere and keep your face out of the news.
Carrying 1 gun will be an issue with many jurists, so should I not carry anything in order to be "safe" with the jury?
No, I'll choose to survive a gunfight as best as I can. If I've done it right, and my lawyer is worth his fee... well, I'll take my chances with carrying 2 guns.
I did not realize how much I wanted to do this until after I started doing it. My stress level has lowered considerably.
So except for all the "paranoid", "rambo", "unnecessary", "unrealistic", "unwise", etc. comments that usually surface at some point, this decision is a totally positive one for me. In my heart, this is where I wanted to be all along, although I didn't recognize it until recently.
The wife is outside now enjoying the cool of the evening. Many of the neighbors are gone for the holiday. This evening is just like every other evening in that if an emergency occurs, such as an out-of-control dog in the neighborhood (it's happened here) or a home invasion (yep, that too has happened in this neighborhood), it'll be up to me and me alone to protect our family.
LEO has good response time, 3-5 minutes is the norm when I've made a call. A lot can happen in 3-5 minutes.
So it'll be me and me alone dealing with any and all threats for 3-5 minutes.
My paradigm has changed: it's 2 full-size guns, when possible, for me from now on.
Call me whatever you want. Your comments won't be around to help or hinder when I'm faced with the test.
But if it at all possible, both my .45s will be.
A previous paradigm shift
Many months ago I posted a rant about a couple's reaction to a home invasion while they were napping nude in bed on a Sunday afternoon.
In a matter of 3 seconds from house entry, a guy was standing over them and pointing a gun at them as they lay in their bed.
The full account of the incident and their following actions upset me so much that I verbalized in detail what I would do in case of a home invasion while my wife and I were home, in our case in the living room as we often are during the evening.
The day I posted my rant was a turning point for me. I can look back to that day as a defining pivotal point in my personal preparedness journey. After verbalizing how I would handle a high-stress, sudden, violent home invasion, no matter from which entry point, my paranoia dropped and my calmness increased. Significantly and immediately.
We are all different. Some of you teachers, psychologists or scientists may be able to explain why, but apparently forced verbalization has a greater impact on me than other ways of learning.
So that's why I verbalize this, even though it won't be a popular viewpoint.
I'm preparing for the battle to come.
I think it boils down to the following quote, which is something I read on this forum but can't remember who wrote it. But it seems to encapsulate my life view on preparedness as relating to an armed attack. In amongst the words is a desire to avoid conflict if possible, but a determination to prevail if tested.
I'll seek to get along with all if possible, but... perhaps like this guy in South St. Louis, 6 PM, broad daylight, 4 days ago http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ion-error.html
Originally Posted by author unknown