Carry pistols for those with young children?

Carry pistols for those with young children?

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    Carry pistols for those with young children?

    Hi, first post.

    I have a quick question for those of you that carry and have young children. I've been looking at the glock 26 and Smith&W MP9c and neither have a manual safety. I already own an HK USP compact and it is a little bulky. I was looking at the two other offerings as they are a little smaller.

    I'm worried that my young son (age 4) will be playing on daddy and might accidentally be able to bump the trigger or discharge both of these since neither have a manual safety. I would just feel a little more comfortable with a manual safety if I carry one in the chamber. The other option is carry on an empty chamber when he's around.

    What's the experience of others with kids and carry?


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    A good holster with the trigger covered

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    No way no how if you use a quality holster will you ever have a problem. I have been carrying for 16+years. Carry a Glock too and have a 4year old also. Welcome to the forum
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    I understand your concerns. My cure ( or best attempt) is the HK P7.....

    It has a squeeze to cock grip. Takes ~ 14 # pressure to initially cock the weapon. Two aspects to this system ..... first you have to know how to cock the gun..... second, you have to be strong enough to exert 14# of pressure......

    Just my opinion......mike

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    I agree with the above posters, get a quality holster that covers the trigger.

    Of course, if you're dead set on carrying a Glock or M&P, you can have a safety installed aftermarket. Check out this one: The Glock Manual Safety

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    I just spent last weekend visiting both my sister and brother and their respective families. Of course all the little kids love climbing on uncle, so I had plenty of kids crawling all over me. Never worried about it for a moment and they never even noticed I had it, even when they were sitting on my lap. One of the older ones has seen me with it before, but I dont think she remembers. I'm actualy a bit surprised that none even made mention of it or asked what it was because I know they felt something on a few occasions but were having too much fun to ask. As long as you have it holstered properly, you are fine. I carry the Glock 26 also BTW.

    Of course, at one point it did strike me as odd when I was holding a sleeping 1 year old on my lap literally right over my gun with only a few layers of cloth between them. All my family knows about it, but had the other in-laws known I can see them being a bit upset :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glock30SF View Post
    No way no how if you use a quality holster will you ever have a problem. I have been carrying for 16+years. Carry a Glock too and have a 4year old also. Welcome to the forum
    +1 good holster = no problem
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    Could also carry an XD that gives you the added grip safety in addition to a good holster.

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    your choices (M&P or Glock) are fine...just use a holster.
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    + 1 about the good quality holster, however, ...

    ....and I'll probably get flamed for this....

    I think we need to be careful about rough housing with the kids when carrying. I have 6 so I know how it goes. A little play if fine but at some point I think we need to either disarm or set limits. Not saying you were in any way wrong or went to far, just pointing out my opinion that a loaded weapon is just that so there's certain activities we need to be a bit sensitive about.

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    If you're more comfortable with a gun with a manual safety due to kids being around then get one with a manual safety, it definitely adds one more layer of protection.

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    Gideon, +1
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    Good holster.

    Good retention mindset.

    Good teaching of your child.

    My 2.5yo loves guns but never ever touches them on purpose. If we are playing and he touches it accidentally, he will make the face like he knows he did something wrong. Explain the situation, go on with life.

    My advice as a parent. Do not ever shield your child from seeing or safely handling a firearm. From day 1 my son has been around guns. It's just another part of life same as a couch, chair, the dog, the phone. It's an object.
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    And part of teaching kids to be responsible around guns is teaching them that horseplay with guns IS NOT ALLOWED! at least in my household. ;-)
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

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    i agree with the prior posts. a good holster makes a world of diffrance.
    welcome to the forum. stay safe and enjoy the time with the kids.
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