How Many Members Admit to Having Toted Unlikely Side Arms

How Many Members Admit to Having Toted Unlikely Side Arms

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    How Many Members Admit to Having Toted Unlikely Side Arms

    So, here's the separate thread where we can confess our "transgressions" regarding the serious carrying of unlikely side arms.

    OK, fess up!

    How many carry, or have carried side arms that would be considered outside the norm of personal protection handguns in today's world? Would some of your choices be considered:

    too antiquated
    too limited in capacity
    too puny
    too over-powered (LimaCharlie and Bad Bob, this is your cue)
    too valuable
    too cheap
    too démodé
    too large
    too small

    or, too embarrassing and downright stupid to admit to on a public firearms forum?

    I'll lead off for my transgressions are many. Beginning at 18 years old, I have carried, or may yet carry guns now considered not conventional for one reason or the other, though they may have once been considered suitable in their day including, but not limited to:

    Colt and Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolvers of various models and barrel lengths from every decade of the 20th century*
    Colt Bankers Special in .38 S&W from 1932
    Colt Single Action Army in .38-40 from 1905
    Colt Army Special in .41 Long Colt from 1925
    Colt Python .357 Magnum from 1978
    Colt Model 1917 in .45 ACP from World War I
    Colt Model 1911 .45 ACP from World War I*
    Colt Model 1908 .25 ACP from 1921
    Smith & Wesson .38 DA Second Model.38 S&W top break from 1884
    Smith & Wesson Model 1903 .32 S&W Long from 1917
    Smith & Wesson K-Frame Hand Ejector .32-20 from 1924
    Smith & Wesson Model of 1926 .44 Special from 1931*
    Smith & Wesson N-Frame .357 from 1954-55*
    Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum K-Frames of various flavors*
    Smith & Wesson Model 57 .41 Magnum from 1975 (hunting use)
    Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum with 8 3/8-inch barrel from 1980, another with 4-inch barrel from 1956
    Smith & Wesson Model 17 .22 Long Rifle with 8 3/8-inch barrel from 1980
    Smith & Wesson Model 34 .22 Long Rifle from 1981
    Colt Government Model .45s from 1947 and 1967*
    Interarms Virginian Dragoon .44 Magnum from 1979
    FN High Power 9mm from 1948-1950*
    P 38 Spreewerk 9mm from 1945
    VoPo Luger 9mm from World War I
    Webley Mark IV .455 from 1899
    Astra Constable .32 ACP from 1978
    Walther PP in both .32 ACP and .380 ACP from World War II
    (stinky) Kel Tec P3AT .380 ACP from 2005
    Remington Model 51 .380 ACP from 1921

    *Especially favored handguns for defensive carry

    Most from the list above are still on hand. Some have gone away. There are more handguns around here that see current use but they could be considered to be more conventional.
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    too overpowered- 44 Mag Alaskan

    too limited in capacity- Rossi M720 44 SPL

    everything else has been pretty standard- LCR, LCP etc.
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    About the only thing I guess I've carried that would possibly fall under this heading (at least to some) would be a 1911 variant. Limited capacity, heavy, manual safety, outdated design, etc., etc., etc. But I still love them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhl6493 View Post
    About the only thing I guess I've carried that would possibly fall under this heading (at least to some) would be a 1911 variant. Limited capacity, heavy, manual safety, outdated design, etc., etc., etc. But I still love them!
    Nothing outdated about the 1911.
    How many of theses new guns will be around and used in 100 years.

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    Have toted or still tote?....We evolve....Although some say i have not
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    As a young deputy, early 80's, I once carried a 4" Smith 29 for a coupla months on duty. It was Clint Eastwood's fault !!!
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    A first gen Jennings .22 in a third world armpit many years ago, early model S&W Model 19, a square butt model 36 S&W w/ bobbed hammer, Sig P-232, early model Charter Arms Off-duty, A Ruger Super Single Six in .22 mag. These are the more unusual ones I recall.
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    I have conceal carried a 6" Desert Eagle .50AE with two spare magazines at work all day around senior law enforcement officers to win a bet that I couldn't do it.

    I sometimes open carry a big bore revolver in rural areas of Oregon.

    I have conceal carried a 5" S&W 460 magnum with two speed loaders on my belt on the left, a Glock G20 10mm with two spare magazines on my belt on the right, and a Sig P238 .380 in my pocket with a spare magazine. I was working alone in a remote wilderness area in brown bear and moose country, so I had the S&W 460. I often came across squatters or marijuana growers on federal land that didn't welcome visitors, so I had the Glock. The Sig P238 was always in my pocket back then just because.

    I carry an NAA Mini-Mag 22M in my pocket in the house in the morning before I shower and dress.

    My handgun options currently vary from .22LR to .454 Casull. My rifle options currently vary from .17 HMR to an AR-15 in .50 Beowulf. My shotgun options currently vary from .410 to 12 gauge.

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    I actually carried a gun for a living where the chances of having to use it were extremely high. Thus, I've never carried an unlikely firearm. Having had over 400 collector grade firearms, the collectors are not part and parcel to what I've ever considered carrying.

    Most, and the majority here, don't choose which gun based on actually expecting to have to use it on a daily basis. If they actually expected to have to use it any given day of the week, their choices would be different for the vast majority, IMO. Thus the long standing debate here over caliber/make model etc.

    There's people who carry to "feel" safe/safer than otherwise, then there's people who carry expecting to one day likely have to use it.
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    Sower and Son 7.65mm WWll bring back, PPSuper 9x18 Ultra Police German Police surplus, FN High Power 1986 vintage . Carried them all and the FN High Power and the PP Super I still carry.


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