Do active shooter incident like El Paso make you reconsider your CCW choices?
This is a discussion on Do active shooter incident like El Paso make you reconsider your CCW choices? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Coltfan1
Originally Posted by mamaxwell
No I carry my Sig 938 and reciently picked up a Springfield 911 9mm I carry an ...
September 13th, 2019 11:04 AM
The Sig and the Springfield are almost exact copies of each other. Mags are interchangable and Springfield mags are $20 cheaper. Compairing the two the Springfield is much more accurate than the sig.
Originally Posted by Coltfan1
USCG Ret. Code Enforcement Officer, Small Arms Instructor.
September 15th, 2019 05:12 AM
It hasn't changed my carry habits at all. If I'm dressed, there is at least a couple weapons on me. Credit card knife. Locking spring assisted folder. S&W M&P 2.0 40c. Owb or iwb, open or concealed. At work, from when I step out of the truck, until I get in at the end of the day, the gun and extra mag is in a gun "safe/vault". The knives stay on me. The only time I go anywhere without carrying at all is if I'm headed on base. If I have to make that trip, its straight to and straight back. 1 stop sign and 3 stoplights between my house and the gate. 1 left out of the neighborhood, and a right to hit the front gate. Even though I know I shouldn't, I treat the VA similar to going to work. Except gun and folder are in the safe. No different considerations at all. If something goes down at work, well, I have options. I know where every paper cutter at work is. I know the blades on those come off stupidly easy, if I dont have the option to run to the truck and back. If I do have the option, I'll run and grab my gun and go hunt me a nutjob. Either way, I dont think I can just idly stand by. Even though my army training is 30 years behind me, I do have a significant amount of military experience to draw on. I may not have a duty to act, since I'm not LE, however, I am wired to act, thanks to that military training. The only big exception to any of this, is if the wife or kids are with me. At that point, I will get them into as relatively safe of a place as I can, before I do anything else.
Theres a lot of good points listed. It might pop up that I should carry at work. I cannot carry at work without taking a very large chance of getting fired, since if anyone ever sees it, that is what will happen. I work at a call center. State law sees my vehicle as an extension of my house, so I'm safe to leave the gun there, even on company property. Once I set foot inside the building, they are allowed to search me or my bag, consent to that was part of the wonderful paperwork of getting hired. I seriously doubt the security guards would search me, I talk with over half of them on a regular basis about hunting or guns. But the possibility is there.
The biggest considerations I've made, have been from thingfgs I've learned by being part of this forum. I had my head in the sand for a very long time, because for 20+ years, I lived and worked on base. From all you guys and girls, I learned about things like hard corners, soft targets, cover, etc. Things I hadn't thought about since I got out of the army in 91. And even then, hard corners weren't exactly something I worried about, being the 60 gunner for the advance party in a combat engineer command. Cover and cover fire were my prerogatives.
Somebody mentioned pie plate accuracy. I'm not the 3 yard guy. I've aged considerably since I qualified with a 1911 in 88. Up until I started carrying, I hadn't fired a handgun since then. I shake a bit now (I think that might be me just that out of practice and holding g too tight). I found I'm pie plate at about 15 yards, and working to push that back out to 25. But, im confident enough in my accuracy to engage a shooter if I have to.
1987-1991 Army Guard/Regular Army
1996-2014 Navy- Retired
September 15th, 2019 06:40 AM
Short answer, no. I'm not changing my life for something that is statistically less likely to happen to me than getting hit by lightning. Although apparently because I live in Colorado I'm statistically more likely to get hit by lightning than most of the rest of the country.