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C0untZer0
May 2, 2011, 08:10 AM
I think guns like cars, have for different people varying degrees of emotional or psychological involvement

I’ve heard people say that a gun is just a tool – that’s it. But it’s not that way for all people. I am not at all emotionally attached to my microwave oven, clothes dryer or cordless drill. They are all just tools – supposedly like my guns and my car.

Cars are a good example – at their base level they are a transportation device and people shouldn’t be any more attached to them than the owner of a trucking company is attached to any of the trucks in his fleet or the owner of a limo service is attached to any particular vehicle in his or her fleet.

But people are attached to their cars and their decision to purchase their car had an emotional and ego component.

I think it’s the same way for a lot of gun owners. I admit to having an emotional attachment to my firearms. I hate taking my H&K P7M8 out now because I don't want to wear the finish down. I want to place it under glass on display somewhere prominent. :)


I'm wondering how much this plays into some people's behavior with CCW. I can see why you’d have a large collection of range guns, - They are fun! I own a TEC-9M. It’s fun to shoot at the range. It’s a curious weapon to have and people at the range like to look at it. But until zombiepocalypse happens, it has zero utility value. It really has almost zero practical for me.

From a practical standpoint, I can’t see why someone would rotate through a bunch of carry guns. Or I guess I should say - from a practical standpoint I don't see how the advantages of different weapons outweighs the disadvantages of spreading your training among different firearms with different MOA. Any training time you put in on one pistol takes away training time with another pistol. I think the general consensus is, find a gun for carry, train with it and stick with it. I think having a bunch of guns for carry is less about “tuning” your carry for any particular situation and more about just satisfying the itch to handle different guns. It’s not practical, it’s just either emotionally satisfying or it’s gratifying for the ego.

I am trying to think of reasons for having a bunch of carry guns and my own opinion (right now) is that it's basically fun for the person to do it and that's why they do it.

45Gunner
May 2, 2011, 08:49 AM
Your post is truly accurate for those of us that take on an attachment for our cars, motorcycles, boats, airplanes, RV's, guns, etc....

I have one EDC gun that I favor over the rest of my guns. With very little exception, it is the gun that I carry with me all the time. It gets shot almost every time I go to the range. However, I have a safe full of other guns that I rotate and take to the range...a range trip for me usually involves not less than three guns plus my EDC gun. I am at the range not less than once a week and most times two to three times per week.

And, if you wondering what the exception is to me carrying that EDC gun 100% of the time: It is a 1911 and experience has taught me that 1911's do not do well with beau coup amounts of mud, dirt, water, crud, or what have you. For those times, I take my favorite H & K.

MLeake
May 2, 2011, 09:01 AM
I have a rotation, I suppose, although whim has something to do with it. Then again, I practice a lot with anything I might carry, and I've traded or sold those guns that made me work.

In other words, I can reliably hit the 10pt area of a reduced silhouette at typical SD ranges with any of my carry handguns.

Manual of arms is pretty straightforward, too. On the one hand, DA revolvers. On the other, Browning action autos (1911, BHP, FNX). The only exception is a Kahr PM9, but that one is very simple.

As to what gets carried on a given day, it depends in part on what the weather is doing, and what my planned activities are. Some guns hide better with certain types of clothing than do others.

Generally, though, I've been finding myself shooting and carrying my 3" S&W Model 13 more than anything else. It's a natural pointer, and has an extremely smooth DA trigger. Just picked up a 3" S&W Model 65 last week, and once the grips I've ordered for it arrive, it will probably be right up there with the 13.

TailGator
May 2, 2011, 09:06 AM
Strictly speaking, it is probably best to practice with just one handgun, and there are plenty of people who own just one.

But people who like handguns, and who therefore sign up for internet forums devoted to handguns, are less likely to stop at one. I personally have only one carry gun, and the others are range toys. But most people who are into handguns a bit can change from one to another that they are familiar with at the range, so I doubt it is a problem for most if they rotate familiar carry guns, either.

So, yes, I agree with your premise that rotating carry guns, or owning more than one handgun at all, is more a matter of desire and enthusiasm for a hobby than real need for most people.

BlueTrain
May 2, 2011, 09:12 AM
I agree entirely with your comments but I also like to see the "honest" wear that comes with actually having carried and used the firearms that you have. To an extent, it is the same way with cars but unfortunately in my case, it gets used all the time and it has accumulated its share of honest wear. It doesn't look too bad for 100,000 miles, however, but it's hardly in showroom floor condition. I probably can't expect more than another ten years out of it.

Someone here has posted a photo (in more than one thread) of a S&W Model 29 that looks like it has ridden the range. That's my idea of something that has been giving service, more than just pride of ownership.

MLeake
May 2, 2011, 09:13 AM
TailGator, I see your point; then again, I plan to do IDPA events with each of my normal carry guns, including the BUGs at unofficial events. I suspect I may find myself strongly favoring one, after I put them through some action-oriented testing.

But the proof will be in the pudding.

This will take a few months, though, as I head overseas again in a few weeks.

CWKahrFan
May 2, 2011, 09:21 AM
I wear different clothes, different shoes, different guns... quite human I think... Fun? That's a pretty good word to use... pretty good reason. Famous old quote: "Variety is the spice of life." Another: "To each, his own."

C0untZer0
May 2, 2011, 09:47 AM
I just know for myself that I have trained on the H&K P7M8 - which I just love... and I think that, under stress if I had a Browning type action I just wouldn't do well. In whatever carry mode I might have it, I would just be squeezing the thing and trying to pull the trigger.

On the other hand, if you do have an interest in guns beyond CCW, I think it's probably going overboard to not shoot anything except your CC gun for fear that you might "unlearn" your MOA or your routine for your CC weapon.

2damnold4this
May 2, 2011, 05:05 PM
Some folks like to wear different clothes in the summer than they do in colder months. I could see having different handguns to carry with different clothes. I don't carry a different handgun for different seasons but I do change holster styles.


edit to add: I guess I could see why someone might carry a different firearm if they expected a different threat level.

threegun
May 2, 2011, 05:42 PM
My carry rotation includes mostly guns of the same platform, Glock in my case. I rotate thru size and caliber depending on my expected needs. My rotation also includes a super sub compact (diamond back arms 380) both as back up or when my attire simply won't support my smallest Glock, the G26.

This is the honest answer.

Bubba in c.a.
May 2, 2011, 05:55 PM
Been there, done that. I think it`s a bad policy to switch guns. It`s a bad habit from being a collector and fun-gun enthusiast.
what I`m working on now is to get 2 of each model for my HD/ccw guns and practice with both to even out the wear and function test them. Exact same model and specs, where possible.

I rememember a post on another website where a guy bragged he had 4 shotguns for HD. He listed them and they were 4 different brands. I hope he can remember where the safety is when somethink goes bump in the night! Better to get 2 of the same model and learn them well.

Each gun-ccw, house handgun, shotgun, carbine, and rifle has its purpose and needs to be taken seriously.

Glenn Dee
May 2, 2011, 05:56 PM
I think most of us choose our "TOOLS" as an extention of our personalities. In our personalities we have different moods. Some days I'm in the mood to drive my company vehical, some days it's my own truck, then on other days I feel like driving my car. All three are extensions of my personality.

So it is with my firearms. On one day I may feel particularly vulnerable... and may choose a firearm with bigger, or more bullets. Some days I may feel care free, and choose to carry in minimum.

I also believe we enjoy choice, and change where we can afford to make them.

lol none of this is still any excuse for how many gun's I own...

Glenn D.

Double Naught Spy
May 2, 2011, 06:00 PM
From a CCW standpoint, most guns are not sufficiently different in their "MOA" to matter on IOTA. All my 9mm and .45 acp guns are going to be with 5" of another at 25 yards with my poor shooting which means they are going to being within a fraction of an inch of one another at typical self defense distances.

None of my "rotation" pistols are sufficiently different from one another to affect training needs. The one exception would be a NAA Mini revolver I carry as a BUG sometimes, but it isn't a primary.

I have different sizes and weights of carry guns that I can use to cater to my attire. Most are 1911 variants with the exception of a Kahr PM9.

Hook686
May 2, 2011, 07:35 PM
Does it matter ?

It works for me to switch handguns whether I am in an urban, suburban, or outback environment.

mavracer
May 2, 2011, 08:10 PM
Heck yes my carry rotation includes my whims. There's no other reason to have both a Smith 442 and a LCR otherwise. But like vehicals I have little problem swwitching back and fourth and my transportation platfforms vary more than my guns. 400hp Bronco on 37" tires a 500hp mustang a powerstroke diesel a harley and my racecar.

CWKahrFan
May 2, 2011, 08:20 PM
My various carry guns are in a mix of calibers, both revolvers and autos BUT they all operate exactly the same! I carry them all with a round chambered. All their triggers are ballpark similar and completely protected in their holsters. None of them have ANY kind of safeties. Simple... Don't have to think at all about their basics. Every one of them is just "draw, point, shoot"... Works for me.

TenRing
May 2, 2011, 11:36 PM
Sure, it is fun to have a carry rotation. But I have never felt that having a rotation minimizes my effectiveness with any particular gun. Muscle memory tends to take over once I'm familiar with a gun.

I will say that it is very useful to have a functional handgun for which I have little or no love. That's the one I tend to take on canoe trips, sledding trips, wading for salmon or anywhere else that might lead to a wet mess. If the gun gets dinged up or takes on a bit of surface rust, I will wipe it off and then clean it more thoroughly when I get home in a couple of days.

The problem is that the "working gun" proves itself to be darn good and reliable. Then I start liking it more. :o

WC145
May 3, 2011, 07:31 AM
I don't have a "rotation" but I do have a number of guns that I carry dependent on a number of factors - clothing, venue, occasion, etc - one gun does not fit every circumstance. I carry 1911s, except for a S&W J-frame and a Keltec P3AT for those times something bigger just won't work.

C0untZer0
May 3, 2011, 07:36 AM
it is very useful to have a functional handgun for which I have little or no love. That's the one I tend to take on canoe trips, sledding trips, wading for salmon or anywhere else that might lead to a wet mess. - TenRing

I definately identify with that.

When they stopped making H&K P7M8 and the prices for them started to go through the roof, I hated more and more taking mine with me on camping trips where it might get rusty. I started to look at it more as a collector's item and less as a tool. I also felt bad just about taking it in and out of the holster and even cleaning it because I didn't want to wear down the finish.

But the MOA with a P7M8 is very different from any other gun. I was thinking about picking up one of the German Police surplus guns for use and just putting my P7M8 in the safe.

The other option is learn and train on a new pistol.

spacecoast
May 3, 2011, 07:39 AM
I've learned that generally speaking the largest gun that will fit the situation is usually the easiest to shoot and will be the most accurate. Carry guns are no different. When I wear loose clothing and my J-frame revolver conceals well in a pocket, I'll take it, when wearing tighter clothing the LCP is my choice for a back pocket.

LockedBreech
May 3, 2011, 12:28 PM
I confess that I have an emotional attachment to all my tools that serve a critically important role - usually saving my life. That emotion is generally comfort.

When I'm zipping through metro Denver traffic in my Honda, I am comforted from 7 years of experience that this car will not falter if I take care of it. If I should be in an accident, I trust the safety record of the vehicle.

When I am cutting a difficult piece of material with my Benchmade, I am comforted that the blade won't suddenly snap or bend because I know the quality standards put into these tools.

And with my guns, I am comforted by the fact that I totally refuse to carry anything that won't go bang every single time I pull the trigger. As for rotation? Why that's just a change of flavor, with the same degree of comfort.

Even with basic hand tools. I only buy good quality stuff because I know it won't fly apart on me during a project and take my eye out.

Emotional attachment? Absolutely. I'm not afraid to admit it!

armoredman
May 3, 2011, 01:12 PM
I have two, one for summer, one for winter. Winter is larger, with more ammunition, easy to conceal under winter clothing. Summer is small, less ammo, easier to conceal under a lose t-shirt. Both operate the exact same way, from the same company, and both hit dead on, for me.
The third is my stepfather's revolver, a Smith 10-8 38 special with a 4 inch barrel. I always hit what I aim at with it, and don't feel under gunned, but when I carry that one it is more out of a sense of honoring the fallen. It does get carried, but not nearly as much.

Winter, CZ SP-01 Phantom

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/CZ%20posters/CZreallythatgood.jpg

Summer, CZ P-01

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/gotchacovered.jpg

Oh holy cr*p, Phantom and vz-58 in UTG covert case.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/CZ%20posters/Travelingcompanions.jpg

Yes, I may legally carry that concealed in this state without a permit or license. :cool::D

Mudinyeri
May 3, 2011, 02:31 PM
The question is interesting ... and doubly so because of the vehicle comparison. I own more than one vehicle. I also own more than one carry gun. It's a matter of the right tool for the right job.

For instance, I own a Dodge Ram with the Cummins Turbo Diesel engine. I would never enter it in an autocross race. Nor would I pull my trailer and haul my camper with my Jeep Wrangler. I wouldn't ride a motorcycle in sub-zero temperatures with snow and ice on the street.

I've spent enough time driving each of my vehicles that I'm more than competent with each one - even in high-stress situations.

I think the same principles apply to (a) daily carry weapon(s).

markj
May 3, 2011, 02:43 PM
I never felt the need to accessorize my daily wear :) one for winter heavy coat wear, one for spring, fall, summer lite clothes wear. I would hate to find the gun I carry is not the same config as the one I shoot. Fumble for the safety isnt my thing. 1911 for both, same config one is smaller than the other.

Onward Allusion
May 3, 2011, 02:52 PM
C0untZer0
Are people honest about why they have a "rotation" of CCW guns?
<SNIP>
I am trying to think of reasons for having a bunch of carry guns and my own opinion (right now) is that it's basically fun for the person to do it and that's why they do it.

I do it out of necessity and not because I want to have a good time swapping out my weapons. In my mind, one size does not fit all or even come close.

Mudinyeri
May 3, 2011, 04:05 PM
markj, there's a simple two-step solution to avoid "fumbling":

1. Don't carry SD weapons with manual safeties
2. Do carry SD weapons that are identical or similar in configuration so that their operation does not require "recalibration"

With that said, my rotation is largely related to conceal-ability and the seasonal nature of my clothes. I always spend some range time with a gun before I rotate to it.

Justice06RR
May 3, 2011, 08:55 PM
I only rotate between my 2 carry guns, a Full size 9mm and a subcompact 40. It all depends on mode of clothing, type of weather, and potential purpose.

Same thing if you had more than one vehicle; if you have a motorcycle, a car, and a truck, you would use them accordingly to whatever you need to do. A motorcyle for fun, a car for commute, and a truck for work. kinda the same as guns.

It also helps to rotate your carry guns so your other firearms don't feel neglected! Lol

Stevie-Ray
May 3, 2011, 10:30 PM
From a practical standpoint, I can’t see why someone would rotate through a bunch of carry guns. Or I guess I should say - from a practical standpoint I don't see how the advantages of different weapons outweighs the disadvantages of spreading your training among different firearms with different MOA.I have a rotation of 3 carry primaries along with a BUG that makes perfect sense to me. If it doesn't to somebody else, I don't really care as I'm the only one that matters. My normal primary is a Kimber UCDP in .45 ACP, due to the fact that it is what I shoot best and is ultra comfortable to carry. It is on my side in the concrete jungle the vast majority of the time. My vacation/woods gun is a Glock 29, due to it's greater power, as a bear or cougar is the single most powerful threat I could face, though feral dogs are more of a possibility. My night biking gun is a Glock 26, because I can fire it very well one-handed, thereby still controlling the bike. The BUG is a KT P32 and is ever-present.

markj
May 4, 2011, 02:01 PM
markj, there's a simple two-step solution to avoid "fumbling":

1. Don't carry SD weapons with manual safeties
2. Do carry SD weapons that are identical or similar in configuration

I like 1911s carry it cocked and locked ready to rock :) my nephew told me that one he is a marine.

Yes I carry the same gun one is smaller for summer is the only diff. and both fit the same holster a win win.

saltydog452
May 4, 2011, 03:09 PM
My leather IWB works with the STI, Baer, Cmbt Cmdr, and the Cmdr. It isn't too shabby with a BHP and the BHP Practical.

Birami Hip-Grip and J frames are a good combination. Handy for taking out the trash or running off to get a gallon of milk, the Sunday paper, and a loaf of bread, or answering the doorbell.

Kahr, both plastic and metal see occasional time out of doors. Those have pretty much replaced the Colt P-9 as a 'handy' 9 X 19.

When I 'can't' carry, there is the NAA Guardian .32 and BB ammunition. In the fishing tackle box there is a RG 22 Short( EDIT and some CB caps).

These things were aquired over time and were, more or less, suitable for that time in my life. Life changes, but when there was a different itch, it wasn't always necessary to discard the old in favor of the new.

Vocations, avocations, body build (or lack of same), and social circumstances do not always remain stagnant.

Choices are a good thing.

Loosely speaking, all of the above are still in my 'carry rotation'. Kinda depends on which way the wind is blowing.

So, why not?

salty

Mudinyeri
May 4, 2011, 04:49 PM
I like 1911s carry it cocked and locked ready to rock my nephew told me that one he is a marine.

I like 1911's too, but I have a LOT of experience working with a handgun with a manual safety. Based on my own personal experience, I've arrived at the "simpler is better" philosophy. Locked is not "ready to rock".

FM12
May 4, 2011, 05:28 PM
I do it cause I can! pure ans simple, and on occasion to show off anew piece, so people will "ooohhh and ahhhh" over it.

egor20
May 4, 2011, 05:49 PM
Simple answer, I was bored today, I haven't carried my S&W 469 in a while, so I decided to carry it rather than My RIA CS. Next week I might be bored again and carry my wife's S&W 60 or an Armscor M206.

As stated by FM12

I do it cause I can!

Mr. Davis
May 4, 2011, 08:29 PM
I believe there's value in achieving practical proficiency with a variety of weapons and a variety of manuals of arms.

That said, yes, in a perfect world, I'd carry the same gun all the time.

But it's not a perfect world, and I'm not willing to do what it takes to dress around my gun in every situation.

When I'm visiting huggy family or friends that don't know to hug me up top, not around my waist, I pocket carry an LCP. When I'm at home, I open carry my Springfield XD or H&K P7. When I have a sufficient covering garment, I carry the XD as my weapon of choice. When I wear a formal jacket, I often carry the P7 OWB.

Different tools for different applications. And yes, some of it is the desire to spend quality time with all my favorite guns.

Deja vu
May 4, 2011, 08:30 PM
I think that it is easy to become attached to some thing that may some day save your life.

Constantine
May 4, 2011, 08:55 PM
This is an awesome thread. All I have to say really (since it's all been said) is that I carry depending on the situation also.

Cellfone
May 4, 2011, 11:53 PM
The season and type of transportation are the biggest factors. It boils down to conceal-ability.

markj
May 5, 2011, 03:52 PM
Locked is not "ready to rock".

You simply touch off the safety while drawing.

Like cowboy shooting, fast draw you cock the hammer while drawing. Same principle. I want a manual safety on my weapon. No glock for me, it isnt my cup o tea. I been shooting since the early 60s. I try other guns, ruger gp100, ruger p95, s&w 5906 like my cousins, all are not for me, I always go back to the 1911 or my hi power if I want 9mm.

Had a tourus pt111 9mm and a pt145 in 45 both had looooong trigger travel. Had a s%w 38 snubby, sold it too.

carry one in chamber safety on is condition 1. Is how I do it, I dont carry an unchambered gun and wont chamber and carry without a safety. Works for me.

Mudinyeri
May 5, 2011, 04:44 PM
You simply touch off the safety while drawing.

I'm quite familiar with the procedure (as in ... thousands of repetitions). I just happen to prefer the simplicity of no manual safety when lead is flying in my direction.

To each their own.

Madcap_Magician
May 5, 2011, 08:45 PM
I used to switch through my carry guns a ton... as in, I'd sell one, buy another.

Now I just carry my M&P9c most days and my LCR on my weekend job (Uniform not conducive to belt holster carry) or while running (M&P9c too heavy, bounces too much in a fanny pack).

I figure it's better to have one gun that you get increasingly familiar with than it is to have a different carry gun every year or more. It also helps get rid of the urge to buy new guns... just take the one you've had forever out and shoot it, and sometimes you start to look at it in a new light. All the finish wear on my M&P9c is honestly earned, and I've shot it so much that I know it won't fail me if I need it.

markj
May 6, 2011, 02:04 PM
when lead is flying in my direction.

Well how often does this happen? :) I was shot once, from behind, the safety or lack of one was moot. One other time a gent I escorted from the bar turned after getting out the door, pulled a .25 and run it dry at me. He missed, I went under a truck for cover. No time to draw, safety was moot.

Thats all I have, 2 times for me.

We do fast draw with our ruger single sixes, I use my 1911 too. It can be done fast. I am as fast as my cousin uses a glock so for me the 1911 woirks, for others it dont, I really think that is why they make so many different designs :)

Fast shoot is 2 guys facing a pole has a balloon stuck to it, gotta draw and shoot the balloon to win. each shooter has his own pole and balloon. Try it and see just how good you are. Most miss, over and over. Cant hit that then can you hit a person firing at you? It is fun as long as a person dont take the miss too seriously.

ranburr
May 7, 2011, 01:17 AM
I carry different guns based on what I am wearing, doing, and where I am going. If I am doing a lot of highway driving, I carry a .357 Sig H&K USPc. When I need to really conceal, I carry a customized Springfield Champion. When I go somewhere that extra ammo makes sense, I carry a CZ75. All different guns, but they all feel and function pretty much the same.

Ryder
May 7, 2011, 03:35 AM
I have an very strong emotional attachment to the Second Amendment. When I was younger I felt that way about guns too but after 47 years of shooting they are tools. Like any tool my choice depends on the anticipated application.

A potential scenario depends on the environment into which you intend to subject yourself. Some of the determining factors I take into logical consideration are whether I can expect a small or large number of attackers, their level of expertise, their likely choice in weaponry, heaviness of clothing, possible need to penetrate barriers, potential distances, and their potential determination which I base upon their expected motivation for threatening me.

So while I may shovel snow from my driveway or make a run to the gas station for a gallon of milk with a compact 9mm if I am going to be traveling through potential gang territory or be out in the wilderness I do not consider that compact 9mm to be a good choice. Of course there are times where the tool on hand has to serve a purpose for which it wasn't intended and that can be done with a gun but it isn't as optimal as it could be with a little forethought.

HK Jake
May 23, 2011, 09:17 PM
"Beware the man with one gun; he will know how to use it." - Old West Adage

Emotional attachments to firearms!? ;)

I understand this issue completely, as it's what led me to my first three purchases, all of which I regret, and all of which I'm planning on trading in! :cool:

When I finally took emotion, ego and "patriotism," out of the equation, I found myself handling an HK P30. I purchased it, and I haven't carried anything else since then. It IS my EDC, and in every situation.

You'd be wrong, though, if you looked at my name, "HK Jake," and assumed I'm an HK fanatic; I like any firearm which has good ergos, shoots well, shoots accurate, etc, I just find myself preferring H&Ks to anything else.

orionengnr
May 24, 2011, 06:43 PM
Maybe I am just rationalizing.

But I am being honest when I say this: If I don't carry it or shoot it fairly regularly, it is gone. I have a few more than I need, and am slooowly thinning the herd.

I carry an 4" S&W N-frame in the winter time, because I like the N-frame and shoot it reasonably well. If I didn't carry it I probably couldn't justify keeping it...so I carry it. "Winter" here (Texas) isn't all that much--to me, it's when I can wear a cover garment, even if it's just a sweatshirt.

Rest of the time (for the last year, at least) I've been carrying a 4" steel 1911.

Either way, I shoot at the range pretty close to every week, and whatever I'm carrying gets the most exercise.

I have a few others, mostly "former" carry guns that I have outgrown, but hang onto because I can't bear to part with the. The Kahr PM9 and a 3" alloy 1911 fall into this category. They still go to the range somewhat regularly, and may get carried again someday, especially if my vback keeps giving me trouble...

Boatme98
May 24, 2011, 07:41 PM
After a few years I've found that I have my primary cc. If I have to "dress", I have another to use.
I've become proficient with both and don't have a problem switching. I don't carry any of my other guns (and I do have a few) because there's just too much variation. Muscle memory is king.

BGutzman
May 24, 2011, 08:08 PM
Multi hour wife shopping spree for the holiday = lighter smaller gun Bersa 380 Thunder

Normal day = P220 Carry

Normal night = P220 Carry

Major Sporting event that might result in crazyness in my neighborhood = P220 Carry or Springfield XD in 460 Rowland.

Camping = 460 Rowland, last year we had a black bear less than a hour north of the park we like to camp in.

Beer or Alcohol involved = No Firearm brought to the event unless were not drinking at all.

It all depends on the situation..

ripnbst
May 24, 2011, 08:29 PM
"I do it cause I can! pure ans simple, and on occasion to show off anew piece, so people will "ooohhh and ahhhh" over it. "

You ccw like $hit if people can see your firearm pal.

m&p45acp10+1
May 24, 2011, 08:43 PM
A simple reason for my carry rotation. 104 degrees in summer heat with humidity of over 65%. Hot humid, and miserable. The last thing I want to do is wear more clotihing. The hotter it gets the smaller my carry gun gets.

JerryM
May 25, 2011, 01:54 PM
I carry what fits the need. When dress permits and I don't mind the weight or inconvenience of getting a 1911 Compact out of the safe I carry it, I carry a P9 if handy.

When I am dressed in slacks and no coat I carry the P3AT in a pocket holster.
With a coat in church I usually carry a P9 in a Brommeland Def-Con.

For no good reason I sometimes carry a SA 1911 Compact in a Nossar OWB when dressed in a suit. That is my finest and prettiest holster. Alex is the best, and I enjoy using that holster.

I might carry a S&W 642, however sometimes.

I don't have a problem going from one to another. I just carry what suits me at the time.

Regards,
Jerry

dabo
May 28, 2011, 02:07 AM
My usual carry piece is the Kahr PM9 with black talons in an inside the pants holster in the small of my back, with a Kel Tek P3AT in the pocket for back up. Been known to carry my Taurus 24-7 and even FNH 5.7 in a Blackhawk holster under a T shirt in the summer. I carry nothing but black talon ammo.. I seem to enjoy the change up in a carry piece... Interesting, that....

mellow_c
May 28, 2011, 02:36 AM
This may be late in the thread, and it may be a repeat but this is it.

I have a couple handguns that I go between for my primary carry guns. And I try to keep which "set up" I'm carrying at the time in the front of my mind. I dont always carry in the same place, (Pocket cary, appendix carry, 4 O’clock carry)

But there are occasions where I may carry one of my other handguns, either because I'm in the mountains and a larger gun makes more sense, or because I just feel like getting one of the old boys out for a walk. In the end, all that matters is that I'm keeping in mind what I have on my body. So if I need to use it, I dont choke and go for something that isnt there. I think you all know what I mean.

One of the reasons I carry is because I enjoy firearms. Heck I'm a hobbyist. And There is nothing like the freedom to carry, whether it be a 500 S&W, or a .22 LR pocket pistol.

C0untZer0
May 29, 2011, 12:01 AM
I understand having a few handguns - cool weather allows people to dress differently than summer weather.

I also understand if you get some new compact handgun, and you like it better than the gun you are/were carrying, you will start carrying it instead.

I am talking about people who have a "rotation". When I read about people putting a gun in thier carry "rotation", it really sounds more like it's due to the neato factor. Not necesarily a sound tactical decision.