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I recently discovered this forum and was impressed with the clean and unobtrusive material. Thanks for creating such a great web site!

As for me, I have been CFP holder for about the last 7 months in which time I have become very informed. I have a wife and two kids whom I intend to protect at all costs. I CC daily. I have not really OC'd, but I think it is admirable. Some of my extended family and in-laws would be shocked to know that I carry a concealed firearm (mostly my XD-45) just about everywhere. I always keep my firearm loaded except when I am playing with kids; then I unload it (in a safe and discreet location) "just in case". Anyone else do this for peace of mind?
 

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Welcome to the forum! :D Nice choice on the XD-45. I myself carry an XD-40 subcompact, and I love it.

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I always keep my firearm loaded except when I am playing with kids; then I unload it (in a safe and discreet location) "just in case". Anyone else do this for peace of mind?
I've never actually unloaded my handgun for this reason, but I have removed it from my belt (holster and all) and put it in my gun safe on certain occasions, such as when doing vigorous yard work or wrenching under my truck. As for playing with the kids (I've got two, ages 4 and 6), I've never worried about it because at their age, things don't get too rowdy. And, with the XD's safeties, I don't think it's much of an issue. Still, it's good to know that you're conscious of it and take precautions when you think it's necessary. :)
 

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Welcome aboard. There's quite a few of us here from Cache Valley. We ought to go shooting some time.

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Anyone else do this for peace of mind?
Not typically. I try to avoid loading/unloading as much as I can because that's when things are most likely to go bad. I will do as Udink does and put the entire loaded gun in a safe location if I'm worried or the environment isn't conducive to carry. Then again, I usually only play with my kids at home and my gun is usually in my safe when I'm home.
 

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Welcome. I also carry an XD45 Compact.

As for removing it...that's no worry for me because of the dual-safety mechanisms. I even run 3.5 miles each day with it in a DeSantis IWB holster. Doesn't move an inch, never has.
 

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Then again, I usually only play with my kids at home and my gun is usually in my safe when I'm home.
I typically do this as well. Exceptions are when I am at my extended family.
 

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Hunter said:
Welcome and Happy Carrying! Before you got your XD 45, did you get a chance to compare it with any other gun(s)?
I talked to alot of people and shot some different types of guns. I also compared the feel of them. In the end the guns I was considering were a beretta, a glock and an xd. I liked the feel of the xd and beretta best. I liked the weight of the glock and the xd best. I thought the xd was the best option with the number of safeties that I wanted. I also liked the compact 45 with the option for the extended magazine.
 

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apollosmith said:
....I usually only play with my kids at home and my gun is usually in my safe when I'm home.
My kids are all grown so NOW I play with my guns when I am at home.

I might add that you need to keep your HOME DEFENSE weapons handy and loaded (No more than 5 seconds from you at all times) All five of my children grew up and did just fine. It takes a little effort, but it is best to gun safe the kids and not kid safe the guns.

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I often carry when I am around family. I have a large family and I have been very good with explaining my position on fire arms and concealed carry to my nieces & nephews. I have no problems at all playing with them, or doing anything else with them. They are aware of the fact I carry, and they are respectful of this. They also make sure they are cautious.
I have found that reasonable explanations dissolve any problems and makes carrying around children a good thing. The worst thing we could do is not educate our children, or for that matter other children when necessary. Educating children not only encourages constitutional knowledge, but it also helps to bring them to a knowledge of guns and their proper role in society, or their necessity in defense of self, family or state/country--as well as for hunting or border protection--you name it. Anyhow, welcome to the forum!
 

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Cinhil said:
I often carry when I am around family. I have a large family and I have been very good with explaining my position on fire arms and concealed carry to my nieces & nephews. I have no problems at all playing with them, or doing anything else with them. They are aware of the fact I carry, and they are respectful of this. They also make sure they are cautious.
I have found that reasonable explanations dissolve any problems and makes carrying around children a good thing. The worst thing we could do is not educate our children, or for that matter other children when necessary. Educating children not only encourages constitutional knowledge, but it also helps to bring them to a knowledge of guns and their proper role in society, or their necessity in defense of self, family or state/country--as well as for hunting or border protection--you name it. Anyhow, welcome to the forum!
Well Said!

It has gotten so that every year large numbers of my nieces & nephews & brothers and sisters bring a plethora of weapons to the family reunion and other family gatherings and we have a wounderful time shooting while we are there.

I have also taken the oppertunity to teach some of my less fortunate nieces & nephews about guns and gun rights. I am glad to hear that you do the same.

Tarzan
 
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