Anyone conceal carry?

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  1. DJEtzel

    DJEtzel New Member

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    I was just wondering what type of people around here had a concealed weapons permit, and what do you carry and why did you choose that gun?

    My boyfriend and I are both huge gun enthusiasts, he's ex-marine and I grew up in a hunting area. Recently we both have been exposed to MORE guns at my family's house (my dad owns numerous rifles and hand guns) and we go shooting frequently (we bought a cheap .22 on black friday) for fun. We're both anticipating being able to get our permits when we turn 21 and each buy a hand gun; my dad just texted me this evening to tell me that he wants me to get started now and that he'd pay for all of it when I went through the process; the class, the permit, and the gun. So I am getting anxious now as my birthday is this July. I have a few friends that carry and we're always text-talking guns.

    I'd also like to see what the majority of females tend to carry. I have a few preferences as far as hand guns go for what I like, but I don't know what is most common, simple, or easy for most women.

    (not excluding men from this at all, btw!)

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    I don't. I like shooting, but don't carry. I don't foresee that changing anytime soon for me other than when we're out "in the wild" and not the concrete jungle :)
     
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    I dont need a permit, but only carry occasionally. Only time I really want to carry is when Im in Anchorage, and about the only time I go to Anchorage is right after work and Im not allowed to have my firearm on work property.

    Here in the Valley Im fairly sure more then 50% are carrying already. My carry pistol is a Glock Model 23.
     
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    I've toyed with the idea of getting my permit. My dad conceal carries and I've been around guns and shooting my whole life. The main reason I haven't gotten my permit has been my work situation; I have to wear a business suit and work in an office environment, where our company policy forbids firearms. I also never seem to have the time to take the class and the exam.

    I still carry on occasion (out hiking, for example) and I own several guns. My dad's gun collection would also go to me if anything were to happen to him. My favorite little gun is a .32 Beretta tomcat my dad bought me for my 16th birthday. I keep it handy in the house; it's usually on my nightstand or the coffee table.

    I can still own guns and defend my property without a carry permit, and that's another reason I really haven't gotten around to it. Any time I answer the door or go outside to check out a strange noise, I keep a gun handy, and don't make a secret of it either.
     
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    When I move, I will probably go ahead and get something. I like to hike and I am moderately nervous about mountain lions and coyotes out in the desert. I'll also be living by myself in a city, so home protection is a plus. I don't believe you need a conceal carry permit in AZ as long as you aren't around schools. I doubt I would bring it out to like the grocery store with me, though.

    I haven't really looked at guns per se but I remember a little red woman's revolver that I liked when I did. And just because it's red :rofl1:.
     
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    I don't conceal carry yet, but I'm working towards getting my permit. As of right now the gun I plan to conceal carry is a Bersa thunder series .380. I haven't owned it for super long though and its my first handgun since we mainly own shotguns and rifles. Switching from always shooting shotguns and rifles to shooting a handgun feels way different so I want to practice a LOT before getting my concealed carry. I love the way this gun feels in my hands though. It's nice for smaller hands.

    Should add... At home I have a nice 20 gauge shotgun sitting within close reach so not a concealed carry, but anyone who breaks into this home is going to have a lot more to worry about than running off with expensive goods.
     
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    A few women on I know carry the Springfield XDs 9mm. It's a smaller gun and easy to conceal. It also comes in 45 acp.
     
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    CharlieDog Rude and Not Ginger

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    I've got my permit. I carry depending on my mood, lol, but my gun is always in the Jeep with me, or in the house with me. We own several rifles, but the only handgun is mine. I carry a Glock 22, it's the full size .40 caliber for that model.

    If I can hide it on my frame, I think anyone can hide carrying a larger gun.

    Sometimes I don't bother to hide it. I have a hip holster and a drop leg holster, sometimes I just walk around like that lol. You get some strange looks if you're wearing civilian gear, but if you're wearing camo people tend to look away anyway :p
     
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    Sis and I are thinking about taking the conceal/carry class, a couple of women at work have already taken it. We went to a gun shop last week to check out what they had and could recommend. We're leaning towards .38 revolvers as opposed to semi-automatics, mostly from Dad's recommendation. His opinion is that revolvers won't jam and you always know if there is a round in the chamber. He has quite a few revolvers (was in law enforcement and holds a High Master rating in pistol shooting) but they're all rather large for our small hands.
     
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    I was thinking of a revolver for the same reason. I don't have a ton of knowledge on guns so I would need to talk to more professionals about it obviously, but I worry that working with dogs, there's just too much of a chance at guns getting dislodged/moved/knocked around on me. Which I've also been wonder, "Is it worth it?" I may decide not to carry when I'm working around dogs, but that is 80% of my time! I watch dogs in my home, work at a dog park, and assist in group training classes.

    Then again, I'm always a little more paranoid than I need to be.
     
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    Well, Dad has always kept the first chamber empty on his revolvers for safety reasons (dropping it accidentally, etc.) and Mom kept the first 2 chambers of her .38 empty for the same reason and also so she didn't accidentally shoot someone she didn't mean to (such as Dad coming back early from a trip unexpectedly).
     
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    Okay first, unless he got dishonorably discharged for a truly heinous crime, there is no such thing as an ex-Marine. And Marine must always be capitalized when used as a proper noun or an adjective in a proper noun. For example your boyfriend is a Marine, the POTUS helicopter is Marine One, and God bless the US Marine Corps.

    I don't generally carry and haven't for a long time. I do however maintain situational awareness, and as per James Mattis I am polite but I have a plan to kill pretty much everyone I meet. However I strongly support as many women as possible carrying.
     
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    Get a Ruger or other revolver with a transfer bar system, no firing pin on the hammer and the bar is down out of the way until the trigger is pulled. All of that means you could drop it directly on the hammer from 20, 50 or even 100 feet and it won't fire.
     
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    Rick plans on it as soon as he turns 21, I'd like to but I'm not sure if it's going to happen or not. Time will tell.
     
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    He was honorably discharged, but does not consider himself a Marine, therefore I do not either. It is really his preference, though I understand your thought. He WAS a Marine, and does not stand for a single thing he stood for then, or that the Marines stand for.

    Thank you for the recommendation! This is pretty much what my dad and I were talking about the other night, for the ability to not accidentally discharge easily.
     
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    I'd probably need to go to a few classes and get some experience before I decided to get a gun. I've shot on a range once in my life, that is as far as my experience with guns go.

    This might be a stupid question but I'm curious :). In a stressful situation, what are the odds of being able to get the gun drawn and shoot the aggressor? Is it really worth it? What if a wild animal or stray dog popped out and attacked me or my dog on a hike or something? If someone came into my house at night? Do you normally keep your gun on like..the nightstand? I think I need some gun safety/handling classes :D.
     
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    I'm honestly not sure about actual statistics... But typically, carrying classes go hand in hand with situational awareness. So 9 times out of 10, it's hoped that you can recognize a bad situation coming before you're put in it, so that you are prepared to react appropriately, basically.

    I'm not sure how quickly I would be able to pull a gun if a dog jumped out of the bushes on my unexpectedly, but honestly, I wouldn't be shooting a dog (or bear, or cougar) until AFTER it attacked me, for liability reasons and endangerment reasons. I would use it to defend myself, not to prevent things from happening. It is said that you should never draw your weapon unless you are prepared to kill with it.

    As for the house, yes! When we get handguns, they will stay on the night stands or in the living room by the computer. We keep our .22 laying at the foot of the bed. Many people have shotguns behind bedroom/front doors, etc. and it's surprisingly easy/quick to grab when you think something is going astray. I frequently dart into the bedroom for the gun and come out to open the front door and check. Scared the CRAP out of a UPS man a few weeks ago that was creeping around my house for idk what reason. And he deserved it. XD
     
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    I carry - Ruger LC9. Not the fanciest, but it's a good size and reliable. My biggest problem with anything bigger than my LC9 is that it's too difficult to effectively conceal unless I want to wear baggy clothing and/or mom jeans. Iowa is open carry so it doesn't really matter, but I still don't like to bring attention to it.

    As for home defense... we have much larger guns for that. :)
     
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    I posted to this before, but it got eaten by the spam filter I guess.

    I have my CCW license, and I carry a glock 22, the full size .40 glock. I love this gun. It's seriously the best one I shot/tested before buying, I have relatively weak hands and a bad wrist, and I can still rack the slide on it with no problems, in either hand. The only other gun I might want for CC is a sig .40

    I am allowed to coceal OR open carry with my license, and sometimes it just depends on my mood what I choose to do. I can conceal the full size frame of this gun, but only with a hoodie or a jacket on. The holster I use doesn't allow for carrying in the small of my back, or I could do it with just a baggy t-shirt. Which is what I wear anyway.

    I also have a drop leg holster that I carry with sometimes, simply for ease of access while driving vs the hip holster. It gets some strange looks if I'm wearing civilian clothing, but wearing camo it doesn't get a second look usually lol.

    I also like the Baretta px4 Storm my friend has, but it's a 9mm, and I prefer the .40 caliber. Purely personal preference, as knock-down power is a myth.

    I will add, stay away from Glock if you want a "real" safety. The Glock has a trigger safety, but as it uses a firing pin vs a hammer, there isn't a true safety on the gun. This can be an issue if you want to carry with a round in the chamber and you are around small children and/or stupid adults. Glock is safety tested against misfires with dropping the gun loaded though, I think from 2 meters onto a steel plate, so the danger isn't dropping it loaded, it's stupid people who don't clear the chamber before picking up a weapon and children who don't know any better.

    Part of owning a gun, any gun, is not allowing either category access to your weapon.
     

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