Is it true that the longer you carry, the less you carry?

This is a discussion on Is it true that the longer you carry, the less you carry? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Here's my observations. I've been a LEO since 1997. I started out carrying a full-size G22 off-duty and quickly migrated to a G27 subcompact. I ...

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    Here's my observations. I've been a LEO since 1997. I started out carrying a full-size G22 off-duty and quickly migrated to a G27 subcompact. I carry pretty much everywhere. I, however, have noticed that only about 20% of my colleagues with more than 5 years on the job carry off-duty at all. It is a pretty common trend that after their first couple of years on the job, they just don't see the need for off-duty carry. So beyond the internet walls of this forum I believe there is merit and insight in the OP's off the cuff observations.
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    Dang I love this forum. Anyway, here it goes...

    When I first became a LEO, I was proud as hell to wear the badge and carry my trusty-dusty sidearm. Over time, the novelty wore off and it just became part of the uniform. Perhaps all those years in the military added to it. Fast forward a few decades, I sold my guns and stopped carrying all together. Then I received a reality check on a late afternoon river-walk with my feline and that changed everything! Things got seriously dangerous real quick and the only reason I’m here today was because I bluffed my way out. I compromised not only myself; but most importantly, I endangered my sweetheart. When we first met, she was against me carrying because of stories she read about, etc. After that event, I told her I was going back to firearms and she was resistant but I didn’t much give a …

    I got re-registered, bought a few guns and sold a few guns and eventually found my sweet spot. Damn, what an expensive process! After all the available options I reverted back to a S&W Stainless Snub @26-ounces loaded, so go figure. Highly customized of course, since I've never done anything in moderation.

    Still, I occasionally become lazy and there are times when I go bareback. I can’t really explain it but I just know it happens; feeling achy, tired, weak or just flat burned out. Now, I do have a few more notches on the stick than you, but it really boils down to the inevitable complacency thing’. Who knows, maybe that's why a lot of folks end up with micro-pistols or vapor-weight revolvers. Though easier said than done, you have to be disciplined in whatever you carry and never assume anything.

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    Over the 40+ years of CC, I've carried many different guns but 95% of the time it's a Commander chambered in 45acp. And I carry daily.
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    This may be true, as I have been carrying smaller and smaller handguns as I have got older.

    I sure hope that this trend does not continue on much longer, though. For if it does, then this will most likely be my eventual carry piece:



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    Off the top, I can think of at least five jokes regarding this photo...
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    Quote Originally Posted by LanceORYGUN View Post
    This may be true, as I have been carrying smaller and smaller handguns as I have got older.

    I sure hope that this trend does not continue on much longer, though. For if it does, then this will most likely be my eventual carry piece:


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    Quote Originally Posted by LanceORYGUN View Post
    This may be true, as I have been carrying smaller and smaller handguns as I have got older.

    I sure hope that this trend does not continue on much longer, though. For if it does, then this will most likely be my eventual carry piece:
    How about:

    http://www.swissminigun.ch/img/rev_jeans.jpg

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    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...ed=0CCQQ9QEwAw

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    Believe it or not, there are actually folks who do carry the little NAA 5 shot .22 LR minguns for protection.

    How well such a tiny single action 5 shot 22 LR with a 2 inch barrel would do in a gunfight, though, is debatable, in my opinion.

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    I've been carrying for about 19 years. I switch between a full sized 1911, a Glock 19, and an H&K P7M8. My always backup is a Kel Tec .32. When I first started carrying I was split about even between the 1911 and a K frame S&W.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LanceORYGUN View Post
    This may be true, as I have been carrying smaller and smaller handguns as I have got older.

    I sure hope that this trend does not continue on much longer, though. For if it does, then this will most likely be my eventual carry piece:


    Quote Originally Posted by Saber View Post
    Off the top, I can think of at least five jokes regarding this photo...
    Brings a whole new meaning to "Is that a pistol in your pocket?"

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    I'm 57 and have gained a lot of experience over the years. Probably one of the most important things I've learned is that no single carry method/holster fits all situations. The more options a person has the more likely they will have the right tool for the job when the ball opens. But it takes time and experimentation to develop viable options for various situations. How many of you experienced folks DON'T have a basket full of holsters tucked away in a corner of the closet? I could probably buy some good shootin' irons with the money I've spent on leather.

    More experience = more options = more carry.

    Thoughts on this line of reasoning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJK View Post
    I'm 57 and have gained a lot of experience over the years. Probably one of the most important things I've learned is that no single carry method/holster fits all situations. The more options a person has the more likely they will have the right tool for the job when the ball opens. But it takes time and experimentation to develop viable options for various situations. How many of you experienced folks DON'T have a basket full of holsters tucked away in a corner of the closet? I could probably buy some good shootin' irons with the money I've spent on leather.

    More experience = more options = more carry.

    Thoughts on this line of reasoning?
    Dead on. All of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJK View Post
    I'm 57 and have gained a lot of experience over the years. Probably one of the most important things I've learned is that no single carry method/holster fits all situations. The more options a person has the more likely they will have the right tool for the job when the ball opens. But it takes time and experimentation to develop viable options for various situations. How many of you experienced folks DON'T have a basket full of holsters tucked away in a corner of the closet? I could probably buy some good shootin' irons with the money I've spent on leather.

    More experience = more options = more carry.

    Thoughts on this line of reasoning?
    Well I have 10 years on you but I would almost make a bet that our holster box is about the same size. FWIW there is not a "CHEAP" holster in th bunch. Many of them were "perfect" holsters for while. $ome for several months, $ome for several years. Even when I traded or sold the gun the holsters stayed.

    You know how that goes--- You just never know when you are going to use them again---- You will never have a use for them until you get rid of it.

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    I started carrying 1992. I started with a lightweight Officers model 1911, Glock 19/ 23, 27 or Colt Mustang depending on clothing.
    18 years later I'm either carrying a lightweight Kimber Ultra, Glock 19 / 23, 27 or Kel-Tec P3AT depending on clothing.
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    I've been carrying for about 40 years. I got very comfortable with the 1911 platform, and that's what I stayed with. I've tried and still have several holsters for the 1911, but I'll likely continue to carry that platform. A long time ago, I read a quote by an author whose name escapes me... "beware the man with only one gun, he likely knows how to use it." That struck a chord with me, and I continue to subscribe to that opinion.
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