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How often do you carry?
At home and when out...in other words, if i'm AWAKE1738.64%
Whenever I leave the house, and sometimes at home1431.82%
Whenever I leave the house24.55%
Sometimes when I go out715.91%
Rarely12.27%
Haven't yet had the privilege36.82%
 

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I thought I'd try posting a POLL. I searched but didn't find one like this so here it goes.
 

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I voted "Whenever I leave the house, and sometimes at home." I think I've only left my house three or four times since I got my CFP (four years ago) without my handgun. One of those times I just plain forgot--it was in the first week after getting my CFP. The others were probably just a quick jaunt to the store and honestly I was just being lazy. :lol:
 

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I think it may be appropriate to add "All the time, even when I'm asleep." as an option. I have a very comfortable Smart Carry holster that holds my gun and a 12 round mag - have slept with it numerous times without any noticeable discomfort.
 

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I tried to add another section already but couldn't figure it out, I was going to add, "only while at home" 24/7 would be a good one too. I also tried to change the location of the poll to the CONCEALED CARRY section but couldn't figure it out. If anyone knows how, please let me know.
 

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Still waiting for my permit (another month or so), so I haven't had the privilege yet, but when I do, I don't anticipate carrying 24/7 mostly because I don't (yet) have a very carry friendly pistol (it's a Beretta 92FS). I'm looking at an XD-40 or 45 SC and when I get it, I'll probably carry most days. I keep a gun in the car and in several places in the house, so I'm never to far from one.
 

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Although I am prohibited from carrying at work, the moment I leave I am packing and do not remove the holstered weapon until I lay my pretty little head down at night. And even then it's only 1 step away.
 

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All the time (where legal of course). If I could figure out how to carry while swiming I would carry there too.
 

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Never leave home without it & even have it most times I'm out in the yard.

Plus there's always the AK-12ga in the truck in the event that a little heavier firepower might be required.

And it's also funny to see people notice it in the window while tailgating me, then see them back-off to a polite distance. :lol:
 

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The fact that I could be killed or injured ends up not being able to trump the fact that I must be employed to support my family... My place of employment has been extremely vocal about not allowing employees and others to possess any kind of weapon on threat of being fired or kicked out of school. Ok, now for 50 points, WHERE DO I WORK?! I'm sure most know from that...

Concealed means concealed, but is too likely where I am to be noticed enough to cause me problems.

That being said, I've been out around town and gotten a call and had to come into work. I didn't go home first. I will NEVER leave my firearms in the car in the parking lot (Which they also forbid.)

If at all possible I carry, but I spend almost all my time going to work, working, coming home from work, and going to church. That pretty much messes that up.

I do sometimes go to the U of U for one reason or another, and ALWAYS carry on those trips.

There was one time I got pulled over in a work truck with two folks from another department along. I had to tell the officer I was carrying... Luck for me they didn't care, and the officer let me off with a warning!
 

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concealedutah, where do you work?
 

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To me carrying a gun is a Mindset issue, it means you have taken a big step to not allow yourself, and loved ones, to be a helpless victim. You and your family are worth protecting ALL the time, not just sometimes. Make the decision to carry your gun wherever you can and as much as you can, then stick to it. Don't just carry it, but train with it. Live ammo training isn't the only form of practice or training.

Some of the best training is dry fire practice, just make sure you check and re-check to make sure the gun is empty, and use a back stop that can stop a bullet. Dry fire practice is free, and can be done in your own home whenever you want.

Practice your draw stroke, use the holster you normally carry, and wear the type of clothes you wear most. Practice proper grip, draw stroke, aim, and trigger control. Practice moving while you are drawing and shooting. Don't be a stationary target. You can mark a spot on the wall to aim at, or tape a target up on the wall. I personally prefer targets that have photos of people holding a gun, or some other weapon.

Know and stay current with Gun Laws and GET INVOLVED IN PROTECTING OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT!!! Take various Firearms Training Classes, read books and watch instructional videos/DVD's on the subject, and practice what you have learned.

As you learn more about Gun Laws and the more you practice, you will get better and more comfortable with your gun, you will want to carry your gun more, and have the confidence to do so. CARRY YOUR GUN ALL THE TIME!!! It is better to have it and never need it, than not have it and need it just one time.

Your gun isn't the only weapon, or even the best weapon you have. The best weapon you have is your Mind. Stay alert and sharp. Don't become oblivious to events and people around you, trust your instincts. Carry a cell phone, be a good witness, your first priority should be making sure you and your family are safe.

Talk about your decision with your family so they know and understand what you have decided and why. The family that trains and shoots together, stays together. :wink:
 

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I have a gun on me or within reach at all times. :D
 

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Lately, pretty often. I carry at school, at the store, and on the road. Oh yeah, I'm carrying as I'm writing this.
 

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If I'm awake, the gun is on my person. With a young child, I think it is the best solution (for me anyway) to keep the gun handy, and yet keep the children safe. Plus, I would like my son and any future kids to grow up seeing a gun on their dad, and knowing that good guys have guns too.

I think having a gun in a safe at your home won't do a whole lot of good if someone breaks in, I feel it's best to have it handy at a moments notice.
 

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Hunter said:
... The best weapon you have is your Mind. ...
Hear! Hear!

I like the phrase "I am the weapon."

Everything else is merely a tool for efficiency's sake.

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I recently finished renting the first two seasons of "24". (Great story telling!) It was easy to predict when a weapon was going to be taken from a person (usually the teen daughter).

The person was not the weapon, and was repeatedly disappointed that the tool was ineffective.
 

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Most of the time I wear my sidearm from the time I get dressed in the morning until I go to bed. If not on me, it's almost always within reaching distance.
 

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Since I work for the Federal Government on a military installation, I can't carry at work or on post. Otherwise I carry pretty much all the time.
 

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arniejen said:
Since I work for the Federal Government on a military installation, I can't carry at work or on post. Otherwise I carry pretty much all the time.
There are a few civillian jobs on military installations that allow open carry... Security/SRT (installation SWAT) is a good one!!!

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I found this article on the Tactical Response website and thought I would post it here... food for thought.

A Brother is Murdered

By James Yeager

One of our brothers, a student, is dead. We will call him Rob. Rob was murdered September 13th, 2003 about five miles from my home. While some details are sketchy we do know a few things at this point. One of the things I know for sure is that Rob, who was a Carry Permit holder, was shot to death, while unarmed, with his four-year-old daughter standing near him.

We have had many students including men, women, police, military, civilian, American, foreign and every nationality you can imagine. I have had a school since 1996 and quite a few folks have one of my certificates hanging on a wall or lining their birdcage. My students are my extended family, and I tell them that, and they stay in my home quite often. I get a constant flow of e-mails and phone calls from them with a myriad of questions and comments about every imaginable topic. My students are my brothers.

Rob was a "gun guy". He owned many guns, was a reloader, and has some suppressors for several of his guns. He apparently shot often although I had never met him before his class with me and hadn’t seen him since. We corresponded a few times via e-mail as he was applying for his Carry Permit but that was it.

This incident apparently happened because the murderer, a 70-year-old male, thought Rob had shot one of his dogs. This is a big deal in the southern United States. Many people let dogs run wild. Some are vicious, some tear up trash bags and some just walk aimlessly about. The fact is that many dogs run wild and many people don’t like it. Did Rob shoot one of his dogs? Who knows?

The incident essentially occurred like this: Rob went out on the lake with his daughter and two other adults, launching his boat from a public ramp. The murderer apparently waited all day at the ramp for Rob to return. The murderer approached, there was an altercation of sorts, and he fired two rounds from a .44 Magnum Ruger Redhawk and then walked in and did a contact shot to Rob’s head.

Rob, and a friend, took a Tactical Pistol course from us about two years ago. He took the course with a Stainless Para-Ordinance P-14. He was about to apply for his Carry Permit and wanted to get some training. I asked why he was shooting the P-14 instead of his "carry gun". He said he was going to carry the P-14. I expressed my opinions to him that not only are Para pistols too big for daily carry they are not rugged enough. He was content with his decision.

Like with all of our classes we talked about and did a lot of shooting. But our Tactical Pistol class goes into great details about Mindset and Tactics as well. If you Alumni will dig up your handout from my class you will see gunfight rule number one as being “Bring a gun.” Owning a gun doesn’t make you safe. Guns are not Talisman that will ward off evil spirits. To go about daily you must have a gun on your person and a serious attitude that you will be aware of what is going on in your environment.

As an Instructor I must, like all Instructors, unlock my students’ potential and in some cases even change the way they think. Many times the change is profound, even life altering, for some students. I have had students tell me after courses they have made serious life changes like making their personal connection with God, making a Will, buying life insurance and so on. They do this because I tell them you should not be encumbered by these thoughts while fighting for their life.

Firearms Instructors are not unlike motivational speakers. We must motivate and elevate our students to do things they may never do otherwise. One of them is getting them to actually carry their gun everyday. I know that sounds weird because these are students in firearms classes after all. It is true though that many shooters do not carry a gun everyday. There are certainly reasons not too, but I cannot think of one reason that is worth dieing over. Rob would have been carrying illegally. Was that why he wasn’t armed?

I know what the Warrior Spirit is. I know what people who have it look like. I cannot give it to you, you cannot buy it, and without it you are very likely to fail. Without it you are very likely to think carrying your gun is a burden, will get you in trouble, or won’t be needed.

What good is a fireman without water? All of that knowledge and skill goes to waste as the building burns in front of him. Guns are like fire extinguishers. You hope you never need one, but when you do you want the biggest **** fire extinguisher you can pick up.

I have lost sleep over this. I have cried over this. I have gotten angry over this. How do I reach people? How do I motivate them enough to save their own life? What can I do to unlock the Warrior that is locked deeply inside every man?

A good man is dead.

Be alert. Be armed.
 
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