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Old January 25, 2009, 12:25 PM   #26
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I almost never carry two because as a result of my own personal "need/benefit vs comfort" analysis I end up with carrying only one gun.

But your question itself is flawed as there is no dogmatic all encompassing answer for how many guns one "should" carry, or what is "overkill" or not, except for maybe to say that one should have at least one, if one is serious about personal defense.

Beyond that, if your own need/comfort analysis dictates that you carry three guns, well then that's what you should carry.
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Old January 25, 2009, 01:47 PM   #27
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Four guns? You patrolling Iraq? The most I have carried at work is three and that was on a fugitive taskforce detail actively looking for violent BGs
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Old January 25, 2009, 01:55 PM   #28
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4 guns, wow thats a bit pushy I'd say.
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Old January 25, 2009, 01:59 PM   #29
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Somehow I just knew there would be some comedy(post#21,#28) in this thread. Keep it coming!
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Old January 25, 2009, 02:54 PM   #30
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"no. I aways carrie at least four guns on me. so its not overkil at all to carrie too guns. If it makes you feel more better to have too guns then thats what you should do."


...Great, this guy has 4 guns about him and can't even spell very good...I feel safer..
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Old January 25, 2009, 02:57 PM   #31
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...Great, this guy has 4 guns about him and can't even spell very good...I feel safer..
I sent him a PM saying hello and asking where he hailed from. I was thinking english might be a second language. He has thus far failed to respond.

If english is not his second language I would become suspicious of someone that is filling the boards with such poorly written posts including questionable behavior.
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Old January 25, 2009, 03:00 PM   #32
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I carry two guns when I'm on duty. I carry one gun with a reload when off duty. Four is a bit much however.
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Old January 25, 2009, 03:16 PM   #33
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I don't think it's overkill. I've usually got one/two in the truck and one on me. I think one is more than enough for almost every occasion as long as you've trained with the weapon.

And...revolvers can "fail." Someone I know very well had a .38 Revolver fail to fire, bad primer. Factory loaded ammo. Scary stuff.
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Old January 25, 2009, 03:16 PM   #34
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Two is definitely not too many. For EDC, I only carry one, but I have carried two on a few occasions. When getting accustomed to a new carry piece, I do normally carry a secondary that I trust as a backup. I've never carried more pistols than I have hands - I'm not saying that its a bad thing to do so, but I had to set a personal limit. I'm all for options, and backup, but if I ever do need it, I don't want to spend too long deciding which one of my many carry pieces I'm willing to relinquish to the cops when they show up after the altercation. Precious seconds and all that jazz.

Now that I've been shooting for almost a year, and have experienced some malfunctions in a few autoloaders, I will say that carrying a small unobtrusive revolver to back up a semi sounds like a really good idea. Of course, that could just be my mind trying to justify spending money on a pocket revolver. And a range revolver. And a bedside revolver. And a .22 revolver for plinking.
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Old January 25, 2009, 03:42 PM   #35
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I carry two handguns, a case of greenades, a sawed off shotgun, 6 throwing stars and a japanese puffer fish to throw at assailants in case of attack.
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Old January 25, 2009, 05:05 PM   #36
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I will probably carry a second mag when I am alone, but continue to carry my .22 when with my wife. She has a .38 and a P22, but no c/c liscense yet. This way she can help out if needed. Thank you for all the advice.
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Old January 25, 2009, 05:08 PM   #37
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ISC, what kind of holster do you carry the puffer fish in?
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Old January 25, 2009, 05:09 PM   #38
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Only one???
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Old January 25, 2009, 05:13 PM   #39
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Why, a clamshell, of course.
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Old January 25, 2009, 05:16 PM   #40
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since I found myself in the scrape I did years back I carry a spare box of cartridges in addition to the spare mag I always have carried with my 'trail gun' Ruger .22LR semi-auto. and some other handgun with a spare mag - either my .32acp Beretta, Makarov (usually) or rarely my Ruger .357 w/speed loader.
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Old January 25, 2009, 05:26 PM   #41
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The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm. 'Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble?' 'No Ma'am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my shotgun.'


I don't think one is paranoid if they carry a BUG. The reason being is that you never know exactly what the future might have in store. Also like the old Sheriff if I knew I was going to be involved in a shooting I would not select a handgun as my primary armament.
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Old January 25, 2009, 05:31 PM   #42
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I can see the feasibility of carrying a pocket/ankle gun as well as a primary carry OWB/IWB. If you can do it, go for it.
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Old January 25, 2009, 05:34 PM   #43
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See this classic comedy right here!
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Old January 25, 2009, 05:41 PM   #44
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Nice posts so far.

Thanks Double Naught Spy,

Like the saying goes, "Anyone driving slower than me is an idiot and anyone driving faster is a maniac."

I normally only carry one gun, but I am thinking about carrying two once I get my pocket gun sometime this year. Mainly, because I can lock my primary away if I need to and just pocket carry while I am out. Sometimes I will carry both while other times I will carry one or the other.

In Masaad Ayoob's book Gun Digest of Concealed Carry, he ssys that one should carry two with the BUG being in your weak hand side just in case you get shot in the shoulder or arm of your strong hand side. My NRA Basic instructor doesn't understand why anyone would carry two guns. I find it both useful and sometimes overkill at the same time, but I have no objections to it at all.
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Old January 25, 2009, 05:45 PM   #45
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I think if you're going somewhere that you might need a spare gun, you should take a spare person to pack it. There's a lot to be said for havin' each others back. jd
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Old January 25, 2009, 05:50 PM   #46
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Old January 25, 2009, 06:12 PM   #47
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ISC, what kind of holster do you carry the puffer fish in?
Why, a clamshell, of course.
That is just silliness. Everyone knows you carry it in a "finny" pack. :barf:

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Old January 25, 2009, 06:13 PM   #48
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No its not overkill I carry my LCP everywhere and add my CW9 or my J frame sometimes.
If times get bad I may carry 3 guns.I will try it next weekend.9 mm HST/38 Gold dot/.380 golden saber
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Old January 25, 2009, 06:15 PM   #49
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Old January 25, 2009, 06:30 PM   #50
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I carry one main gun on my hip but i also carry a snubbie .357 in the car when i go places.
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