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Old October 7, 2012, 03:34 AM   #1
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EDC - Will you be ready?

Are there some instances in which you leave it behind due to the nature of the place you are at when away from home...or the polar opposite, places you simply wont go without old faithful.

I guess my goal is, to see how many people are TRUE BELIEVERS and how many are not (90-100% would be true believers that dont leave home without it) and the lower percentages those who enjoy the industry, sport, and hobby but dont feel it'd be necessary to carry outside of the home.

Im also wandering if those who do carry more often then not have more situational awareness (SheepDog Concept) so they can 1) avoid trouble before having to unholster their weapon or 2) if they cannot avoid it, they can do something about it until proper LEO arrives.

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Old October 7, 2012, 07:20 AM   #2
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Yes, I leave them locked up the majority of the time. I work in a federal no-carry zone. I will not risk my career by ignoring the regulations I work under.

However, the lack of one tool doesn't equal a lack of a plan to deal with those with ill intent. It just makes the odds more challenging.
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Old October 7, 2012, 08:27 AM   #3
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Situational awareness and carrying are not necessarily associative.
Someone on the forum has an excellent byline, something like - "I am the weapon, the gun is the tool."
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Old October 7, 2012, 08:30 AM   #4
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The only times I leave my gun at home is if I know for a fact that I will be going to a place that it is not legal to have it even in the car. Those times are very rare indeed.
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Old October 7, 2012, 08:36 AM   #5
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Carry EVERY day, but do not break laws. I'm fortunate to live in a relatively friendly state. The ONLY time I leave it at home is when I'm traveling to local military installation for PX/Commissary. Since Ft Hood shooting force protection measures have changed and all weapons carried onto installations must be registered w Provost Marshal office.
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Old October 7, 2012, 08:43 AM   #6
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Outside my home the only places I don't carry are those forbidden by law.
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Old October 7, 2012, 09:37 AM   #7
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Old October 7, 2012, 10:53 AM   #8
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I always carry, except when I go out to the USAF base. It’s only 20 minutes away and I’m retired military, so that’s pretty often. Otherwise, I’m always armed.

I was just outside doing some tree trimming (palms grow fast in Florida) and had a P3AT in one pocket and a stun gun in the other. I’ve been threatened by dogs and the sound of a stun gun scares the crap out of dogs.
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Old October 7, 2012, 11:08 AM   #9
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I carry everywhere, every day. I live in an area that is very Pro gun. I only know of one place that doesnt allow guns. I actually was surprised when I got my carry license and started watching for the signs, that there werent any.
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Old October 7, 2012, 11:19 AM   #10
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The only time I don't carry is when I go in the bar. Sometimes though, I've honestly forgotten I was carrying and walked in. Once I walk to the restroom I'll remember, then I'll give it to the owner or manager on duty (I know them all real well) to lock up in their office for the night. I know the owner and at least one manager carries.

Other than that, it's legal to carry everywhere I go. Even carry in my home.
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Old October 7, 2012, 11:24 AM   #11
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its very rare when i dont carry on me, and even then i always have a gun in my car. Im always aware of my surroundings, and i believe its kept me from harm several times.
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Old October 7, 2012, 11:28 AM   #12
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so for all of you guys who carry everywhere all the time, how do you exercise? Running with your gun? Going to the gym and working out with your gun?

Just wondering.
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Old October 7, 2012, 11:34 AM   #13
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so for all of you guys who carry everywhere all the time, how do you exercise? Running with your gun? Going to the gym and working out with your gun?
When I go running or the gym, I carry a fanny pack and the LC9 is in there. But I rarely go to the gym, usually do my workout at home on the total gym then go for a run around the one of the parks (with fanny pack).
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Old October 7, 2012, 11:38 AM   #14
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so for all of you guys who carry everywhere all the time, how do you exercise? Running with your gun? Going to the gym and working out with your gun?

Just wondering.
Exercise?
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Old October 7, 2012, 04:22 PM   #15
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I carry daily, every time I leave the house. Only exceptions are locking the pistol in the car when going to the post office (not terribly common) or courthouse (downright rare). I don't frequent bars.

But it's a pistol, not a religion.
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Old October 7, 2012, 04:50 PM   #16
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I guess you can consider me a true believer. I used to go to bars to eat, especially microbrews, as they have some great food around here. Now, since bar-carry is verboten, I find myself in those only when the wife is insisting on their food, i.e. maybe once a year. And in the places like Applebees or Chili's, where I used to enjoy a tall beer with my meal, I find myself carrying 100% and enjoying an iced tea. I won't carry if I absolutely can't by law, but generally that's it.

At the gym it's the P32-first rule of a gunfight and all......
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Old October 7, 2012, 05:03 PM   #17
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As I am sitting here on my couch writing this I have my EDC,a P220 in my Galco Summer Comfort holster, tucked inside my waistband. I am not paranoid at all, nor fearful of crime. I just want to take the "unarmed" factor out of the equation. I have carried for many years. I carry everywhere I go that is legal. I either avoid the places I cannot of lock my carry gun away in a secured lockbox(bolted down) inside my vehicle. I have been in a situation (years ago)that I had wish I had been armed, I will never again if possible, be in that situation. I shoot for fun and target matches. I do not hunt anymore, although enjoyed the sport quite a bit. I do believe in being prepared and very aware of my surroundings.
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Old October 7, 2012, 05:30 PM   #18
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I think it is safe to assume everyone here agrees that criminals, or those with criminal intent, will not obey posted rules/laws. That said, if you are forbidden from legally carrying a weapon in a business/establishment which has a posted rule against employees and patrons from their right to self defense, and something bad happens like a shooting/stabbing......would you have the right to sue that business/establishment (assuming you have survived)?

The way I understand it, when a business/establishment posts rules forbidding you from carrying, aren't they automatically assuming the safety of employees and patrons. Am I wrong to see it that way?
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Old October 7, 2012, 10:33 PM   #19
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My employer prohibits weapons on their premises, so that's 5 days a week I am unarmed, unless I happen to need to go back out after having gone home.

There are businesses that I occasionally frequent that are posted with a "no guns" sign which carries weight of law in my state. I choose to continue to go to those places and I abide by their wishes (and the law) and don't carry in those places.

Beyond those limitations, I do tend to carry when I go out on weekends and such. I have a gun safe in the car for when I go into places where weapons are prohibited.

I guess I'm not a true believer.
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Old October 8, 2012, 12:31 AM   #20
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What little exercise I can still do is limited to walking. There's a 3 mile trail 100 yards from my house. Yes, I carry there, too. In summer in OWB w big t shirt. In other seasons OWB w appropriate cover.
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Old October 8, 2012, 04:59 AM   #21
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I guess people don't know how to use their fist any more? Most people that I encounter that carry can't even throw a decent punch.
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Old October 8, 2012, 05:17 AM   #22
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I guess people don't know how to use their fist any more?
When I was a younger man, I could certainly hold my own in that department. Age, injuries, and surgical procedures have removed that option from my toolbox.

I suspect quite a few of us here are in the same boat. A pistol equalizes the playing field for us.
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Old October 8, 2012, 05:48 AM   #23
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Using fists isn't generally recommended, since so many times the other guy pulls a knife or gun if he is losing the fist fight.

Also, most guys I know who were good with fists were the types who were likely to engage in what the law considers "mutual combat;" mutual combat undermines self-defense.

I'm not saying it's bad to have the skills; I'm not saying there aren't times when some sort of martial arts training may be more applicable than having a gun. (In fact, I frequently recommend that CCW types should learn at least some basic retention skills, if nothing else; and, I've trained over the years in wrestling, TKD, kempo, and, for the last sixteen years or so, in aikido.)

But I am saying that, even though I have a very good defensive skill set, and I'm in pretty decent shape, I would not attempt a knife disarm on somebody if I had a pistol on me, and the time to draw and employ it.

The martial arts stuff may be legally useful in a wider array of situations, but problems that justify the use of a gun are not problems where fists (or chokes, etc) would be the best tool to employ.
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Old October 8, 2012, 08:44 AM   #24
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I guess people don't know how to use their fist any more?
Dang, I wish I had arms that reached out to 30 feet!

Seriously, I remember two guys from my earlier workdays (many years ago) that were meaner than a junkyard dog when it came to a fight. Fast forward a few years and now one of them is dead (12 guage buckshot to center of mass by a guy that didn't want to fight) and the other is crippled up from a knife fight where only the other guy had a knife. He can still get around ok, but had serious nerve damage to one arm and would be seriously handicapped in a fist fight.

I guess the days of fair fights have passed my area by, or didn't ever exist except in school. I guess I was well-schooled by my old man. He taught me early on to stay out of other people's fights, avoid any of my own making, and when forced to fight, forget about fair and use whatever means necessary to put the odds in my favor. I guess I am a true believer.
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Old October 8, 2012, 10:01 AM   #25
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3 decades on the job, yea I carry 24/7 it's what I am.
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