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Carrying 2 guns. Too much?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by BamaTrooper, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. BamaTrooper

    BamaTrooper Almost Done

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    I have read several threads that conatin phrases like "5 shots is enough" "Why carry a second gun?" "Why carry a spare mag?", etc...

    This is posted regarding a thread in GnG, but I thought it might be applicable here-

    http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2012/03/06/2699585/suspect-killed-during-robbery.html

    In particular "...The store owner shot at Deas until his pistol was empty, police said. Then he removed a second pistol from his belt and shot at Deas until he was on the ground and not moving, the report said. ..."

    Several things from this story stood out as appropriate for this forum-
    Situational awareness
    Shooting until the threat stopped
    Multiple attackers
    Carrying enough ammo
     
  2. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

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    That is why I carry a bug, and reloads for both my main gun and bug,
    I carry two extra mags for my 1911, and three speed strips for my 442

    [​IMG]
     


  3. eclark53520

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    2 is 1 and 1 is none.

    That said, i just carry an extra mag. I don't think carrying two guns is too much though.
     
  4. Rumbler_G20

    Rumbler_G20

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    Trooper, thank you.


    . . . I have the feeling you are about to get flamed so I want to sneak this in there before the &%^* starts flying.

    You know how people are about having their delusions shattered. ;)
     
  5. firefighter4215

    firefighter4215

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    That's interesting. I haven't seen many cases where a bug was actually used, except for law enforcement.

    Outdoor Hub mobile, the outdoor information engine
     
  6. whoflungdo

    whoflungdo

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    Clint, is that you? :wavey:
     
  7. O'Conner

    O'Conner

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    If I think two guns are a good idea I have a rifle with me.

    I know a couple guys with three guns. Pocket backup, ankle carry and a sidearm.
     
  8. ponders

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    so by that logic then 2 is also none:faint::wavey:
     
  9. saxconnection

    saxconnection Run 'n' Gunner

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    I always have a back-up, for four reasons.

    1. If my primary goes down.
    2. If for some reason, I am caught off-guard, and my firearm is wrestled away from me.
    3. When I'm in the car, my ankle piece is EXTREMELY easy to get to.
    4. The other person - I figure if SHTF while I'm out with someone, I've got one more pair of eyes and another gun with me. Also, it doesn't hurt to have one when you're in a bad area and you need to make a stop with someone in the car who is afraid (say maybe your wife who doesn't carry, but has been to the range).

    Just my $.02

    Adam
     
  10. ca survivor

    ca survivor

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    nice, simple and effective.
     
  11. fastbolt

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    I've always been more concerned about how well someone maintained their primary weapon, were able to properly (including SAFELY) manipulate & handle it, and were able to shoot it accurately & effectively (especially under at least induced range drills & qual conditions).

    As long as they complied with existing policies, regulations, restrictions, qualifications, etc ... I wasn't concerned with their choice to carry (or not carry) a secondary weapon on or off-duty.

    Now, if they indicated in some manner that they felt carrying a secondary weapon was in some way intended to compensate for lack-luster or neglected skills with their primary weapon? That concerned me.

    FWIW, I didn't carry a secondary weapon on-duty very often before retirement, and I've seldom carried one after retirement. That's me.
     
  12. xmanhockey7

    xmanhockey7

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    Whatever you prefer. If you want to carry 1,2,3,4 or even 5 guns is your choice. Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise.
     
  13. DScottHewitt

    DScottHewitt EMT-B

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    Fastest reload in the universe is usually a New York Reload.
     
  14. DScottHewitt

    DScottHewitt EMT-B

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    The AVERAGE gunfight is something like 1.3 rounds expended.



    But, since when is anyone around here AVERAGE?!?!?


    It's better to have a need not than to need a have not.
     
  15. redbaron007

    redbaron007 Some Dude Lifetime Member

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    My philosophy on carrying a pistol(s)......First, personal preference; then carry for the circumstances and the dress attire.

    :wavey:

    red
     
  16. 2740dmx

    2740dmx

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    [​IMG]

    (alright....I actually rarely carry them both...just wanted to post pics! :whistling:)
     
  17. CTfam

    CTfam DREAM BIG.

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    "He really was changing his life. He loved his family. His kids were his life," Shaeena Deas said her voice full of emotion. "He would sit with his kids and help them do their lessons. He was going to church and trying to do what was right."

    :upeyes:

    Interesting read. I don't carry a BUG but it's not a bad idea.
     
  18. yukon2004

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    I've carried two before. Haven't in a long time, but I have no objections to it.
     
  19. isis07734

    isis07734 Nice guy

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    I dont. I might if I lived in the ghetto or a winter wonderland where I could conceal em easily tho.
     
  20. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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    Nothing wrong with carrying a BUG. I always carry a BUG when on-duty.

    Off-duty I carry a P239 and a spare mag, no BUG. I have on many occasions carried a 442 on my ankle in place of the reload.