Who here carries a pistol for personal protection?

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Who here carries a pistol for personal protection?

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Hello Rangers and other interested parties.

As you know, I am 'new' on this site and thank you very much for the many warm welcomes.

I have been carrying a pistol for personal protection since I was 21 years old (am 52 now), even when living in the barracks at HAAF. At 21, I got my first CCW (in Georgia, go to the Probate Court and get finger printed and get the permit--that is how it was then) and have been legally (except in NPE) carrying for all these years.

I have drawn on bad guys several times while carrying CCW but did not have to shoot (including once in Savannah, while a Ranger). Sometimes, a gun in the hand is the right tool for the task in front of us.

So, my question: How many of you carry on a daily basis as CCW (non - LEO) or in uniform (CCW)?

I am sure there are many instructive stories to tell of gun deployment to PREVENT killing or crime (and I have a few, too). There are likely many stories of gun deployment to save one's self, family, or others by having to shoot the bad guys.

Bring it on, men and ladies, this is going to be an educational thread and is not necessarily a 'gun' thread but a thinking and ideas thread.
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Good idea...I'm LEO though. I never leave my house without a handgun, work or off.
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I tend to keep one close by, but not necessarily on my person. I do always attempt to maintain situational awareness.
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Flesh Thorn wrote: I do always attempt to maintain situational awareness.

My wife calls me a freak for that one.
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Guns are evil-bad, and according the those in office I don't really have the right to defend myself anyway without trying to escape first.

That is my story and I am sticking to it.

Of course, I might be carrying a gun for things other than personal protection, such as signaling Mexicans that they have reached a safe haven, letting criminals know that I am out of ammo and they can now feel safe to rob me, allowing self righteous left wing douche nozzles to feel justified in their anti-gun smugness, etc.
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I almost got fired for carrying a pocket knife in my liberal ass engineering firm offices! I'm of the FleshThorn school of carry when you aren't sure if you need it, just to be safe.
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I carry. I have pulled it 3 times in life. I am still here.
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Carry all the time except where and when illegal of course. Have Texas CHL and Utah CFP these two cover most states.
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Rock Island Ranger wrote: I have pulled it 3 times in life.
I pull mine at least once a day. Sometimes more. I haven't been caught since I was kid ..... :shock:
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The first time that I 'produced' a pistol for close personal protection (not in uniform) was when I as a 21 year old Ranger and on a first date with a hot-looking young lady (human, this time). While walking along Abercorn Street one evening and nearby a 'Buy Me Drinkee' bar on the way to River Street, this really big guy comes walking out of the bar and swearing at the people inside the place (he must have just figured out the game they play inside). I see the trouble potential about this upcoming situation. I move from the street-side to the danger-side of my lady-friend and this drunk guy finally sees me and starts swearing at me and telling me what he wants my friend to do to him. I could not get my lady-friend out of the way quickly enough to be unnoticed and, while this guy is ranting at my somewhat polite deflecting talk, he makes the potentially fatal comment and move.

At this time, I am 5'9" and about 155 pounds of healthy Ranger and wearing blue jeans, a nice shirt and a Levi's denim jacket (under which is my LW Colt's Commander in .45 ACP in my Milt Sparks Summer Special holster on my right-hand side, extra ammo on the left side, too). The big guy is an overweight dude that is at least a foot taller than me (or so it seemed at that moment in time). As I am explaining to the big guy that I don't want any "trouble", the dude is closing and says, "Well, I'll show you ...!" as he makes a reach for something behind his back (as if drawing a gun, same motions).

I suppose that he intended to finish his sentence with the word "trouble" but as he made his draw-motion, I was ready for him and out-drew him. At the point where he would have said "trouble", I was clicking-off the thumb-safety of my pistol and applying about 2 pounds on the 5-pound trigger, aiming up at the underside of his nose (at a distance of about 24 inches). The big guy was not too drunk to realize he 'mis-underestimated' the situation. You could have read a newspaper with the 'white' that was showing from his wide-open eyes!

I loudly instructed this dude to stop and slowly reach for the sky, then step back three steps. Once he did this, I instructed him to slowly turn around; that's when I saw the sheathed bowie-looking knife that he was reaching for. Since I wanted to continue my 'fun evening' with my lady-friend, I told the dude to 'go away'. He did . Note that this was way back in the days before instant comms of cellular telephones.

I turned to my lady-friend and said something lame like, "How are you doing", she says, "take me home, right now!". She never would go out with me again. Silly wench didn't understand that I was the safest person to be with and really a lot of fun. Ahh, the story of my life!

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*Situational Awareness--See things as they are. No going into 'denial' as to what is taking place. Check for automobile traffic, maneuver directions and escape routes.
*Start 'What-iffing' immediately and watch the bad guy's hands and body language.
*Never turn your back on a living potential adversary.
*Always carry a gun to a knife fight.
*Always carry a gun, period.
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Guns are bad
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Interesting story...I think the funniest gun story I ever had was in my POV on my way home around 0200 one morning. I pulled to a red light in a less than favorable neighborhood and observed a tall "crack-head" type walking toward my car from the side walk. He walked up the driver's side toward my door. Seeing this and knowing where I was I had already broken leather on my Glock 27 and was pointing it at my door, kind of cradled in my lap. When he opened the door to either rob or car jack me I just dropped my left arm exposing my pistols business end. "Let me tell you what kind of bad day you're having..."

I proned him on the road, and since I am a youngin' in the technology age...I called my buddies who were working the road. He was whisked away to Anderson County's bed and breakfast, and ended up pleading guilty to some drug and firearm charges. He was too stupid to use the Hi-Point (ghetto fabulous) 9mm he had in his hoodie pocket. Maybe he should have looked at my cars specialty tag that says SC Law Enforcement Officer.
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IEDmagnet,
That is a funny one, thanks for sharing.
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I carry randomly, although I shouldn't leave the house without it. When I work in a bad area I carry two, but now that I got a derringer make that three :wink:
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