Whats your environment?
There seems to be a lot of discussion that goes back and forth about best guns to carry, etc. Some people come back with cannon recommendations and others come back with mousegun recommendations. I bet we could see an interesting divide knowing what environment people live and carry in.
If I lived in a rural area on 3000 acres of forest I would naturally have a different opinion than a city-slicker stopping at 7-Eleven for a Slurpee.
I voted City, although I actually live within the city limits of a small town. My town is settled right at the crossroads of I-95 and I-40, which is the main route for drug trafficking along the east coast. We have a huge problem with drugs and crime around here. I carry either a Glock19 or SigP220 currently. The Leo's carry Glock 22's. In my town, anything you see on the news can happen here just as easily. Our Police Department building is also shared by the Highway Patrol, Troop C division, which is a little comforting to know should anything go down here in town. I just couldn't see carrying a pocket gun around here. At least a compact for me.
I live in the country but I carry everywhere...
My Tarus PT111 or my Colt Magnum Carry
I live in the burbs. My normal carry gun is a full-size 1911 .45 in a Summer Special. Sometimes I have to drive into the city. Then I carry a full-size 1911 .45 in a Summer Special. My last hunting trip, out in the boondocks, I carried a full-size 1911 .45 in a Nelson #1 scabbard.
Originally Posted by Dynamik1
OTOH, whether city or suburbs, I may carry a smaller gun depending on clothing/weather. Sometimes when I am camping/hunting, I will carry a .44 or .357 revolver, not for any tactical reason, but just to get them out of the safe and take them for a walk.
I am on the Space Coast and it's about like one big sub-divison around here. I carry a M-36 with a + load and a mouse KT-3AT everywhere I go over here. Now if I got to go to Orlando I strap on my old .45. I practice with all three as much as possible.
I guess I live in the boonies, 1 mile up the side of a mountian. I carry a full size 45 where ever I go.
"Ritzie" Orlando suburbia... Subdivision after subdivision of homes from 1800-5000 sqft. Mostly gated communities. Some subdivisions even have guards.
But even in the nicest areas, there are those who aren't there to help anyone but themselves.
We still have burgleries, robberies, car-jackings, and drug-related crime.
The idle rich kids finance a HUGE portion of the drug trade around here, and where there are drugs, there is violence.
I don't wander into trouble, looking to start something, and I choose to pay more to live where I'm safer... but like thay say... better to have it and not need it...
I live in a suburb of Phoenix. I go to the city a lot, but also camp and hike. Unless I am wearing clothing that prevents it, like swim trucks or a tailored suit, I generally have a Glock with me. I don't have special "outdoor" guns, though I generally will take a long gun when camping.
I work in the city (small) but live in the country. I carry everywhere I can just because my crystal ball, which helps me see the future, is too heavy to carry and/or conceal.
I live in Phoenix. I carry a 4 1/4" 1911 most times. My holster varies between up in front of my body to my kiney area. Usually in an IWB holster.
I am experimenting with revolvers right now.
I live in a small town, however Fort Worth I just across the street. The sub-devision I live is new ( still being built up ) but Fort Worths' second biggest hooker/pimp area is just 2 miles south of me and the biggest gang problems are just 3 miles north of me. I have to go to or through all these places daily so give me a gun with lots of bullets and a spare mag. I also go hiking quite a bit and sleep with the coyotes, jags, and sometimes black bears. I have almost always carried 9mm but just switched to a 357sig. and often carry an extra mag. Oh yeah, I also have an NAA guardian .32 in my front pocket.
Suburbs sort of...
I live in Carrollton, a small suburb sandwiched between north Dallas and Plano. I think we are November's home invasion capitol.
In 2006 Dallas was awarded the highest crime rate.
In receiving this award, I just want to thank everyone that helped make that possible: Gangs, Drugs, a string of ineffectual mayors, a corrupt city council, and a really shitty public school system.
I am getting my CHL in February or March, so right now my guns are for home defense. shotgun in the hall closet by the door (one elderly lady in another lovely suburb of Dallas called North Richland Hills answered the doorbell and was gunned down - completely random/ gang initiation) and 2 nightstand guns. a 40 cal S&W sigma and my wife has a S&W 38 airweight revolver, which she has named "Bubbles"
When I get my CHL -i'll probably get a Walther P99, Baby Glock or a Stoeger. Cougar.
I live in the country. Being forced to move to the burbs this month. Spend more time than I want to in the city. I carry EVERYWHERE! Usually an XD40SC IWB 4:00. S&W 640 in the pocket or IWB 1:00. Sometimes a G23 IWB 4:00 or SOB. Most times I have more than one immediately available. The carry piece(s) decision is dictated by climate and wardrobe.
I live in the 'burbs in a great town with very little crime, however, in NJ I can't carry. My girlfriend is in vet school and lives in Philadelphia where she attends school. In Philadelphia it's my XD40SC for now, until my other permits come in from NJ..then who knows what I will add to my collection.
I live in a small town in Paragould A.R. but there are alot of drugs here i was carrying a glock23 on the side 2 extra mags but i got 1911 5' inch kimber .45 so thats what i carry plus two 8rd mags on the side till my custom holster and mags pouch comes :smt068
I live in a small town next to I-10.(major drug traffic) their are only two roads in and one is I-10. We have no police so it's pretty much Mob Rules. (eye for an eye) everyone gets along good and no bullsh t. I spend most of days off out in the swamps of South La. but no matter where I go it's a 45 1911 or XD.
Boonies. The nearest police Station is 40 miles away. We have a Deputy Sherriff that covers a 30 by 60 mile area.
I usualy have an M&P40 or GP-100 strapped on and an extra 18 or more rounds in pocket. Long guns are not far away.
We call 911 to report what has taken place, not to get help.
In my state you can carry openly in most places with a hip holster but I don't believe I've ever seen it. You can get busted for having a gun in your backpack though and I've seen that! The lesson here is, if you're hiking in Colorado and you carry a gun....PUT IT ON YOUR HIP and DON'T stick it in your backpack when you walk in to town! Yeh you'll get looks but it's legal like that. I don't have a CC permit so I don't carry. I've been thinking about it just to be able to if I want to. My son inlaw lives in Denver and has a CC permit and carries most of the time. Things are a lot diffrent in Denver. Funny....That's one of the places you can't carry openly. Denver is a bit like California....Gun in the trunk unloaded kinda place.
I live within two miles of the geographic center of Colorado Springs (some 350,000 pop) and see this kind of things in our back yard.
There are some 20 or so acres of wooded area there that will never be developed - "open space" designition. I was on the north edge of town when I bought this house in 1975.
Burbs, kinda . . . . .
I live in a little lake community 45-50 miles north of downtown Atlanta. Business takes me down town and my territory stretches from Savannah to Hunstville, AL and north into the Carolinas. I carry a Beretta 96 in a Gould & Goodrich Belt slide or a Galco S.O.B. with a two mag spare pouch. In the winter I carry a Galco shoulder rig with an offside mag pouch. A Stoeger Cougar 8000 lives in my truck as a BUG and a Mossberg shotgun resides under the rear seat of my Supercrew. I have seen inner city Atlanta at it's worst and rural jacka--es who try to run you off the road while going to a north Georgia or South Carolina mountain lot. I sell construction products. While an narcotics/homocide investigator years ago, I carried a Browning HP in the small of my back without a holster or used an early belt slide. Generally the criminal element you had to become familiar with recognizes that a law abiding citizen or LEO carries in a holster and a perp used his beltline or pocket. Doesn't have a carry permit either. 98° today so it's an underarmor t-shirt with a "Hawiian Flowerdy Shirt" untucked over the SOB. No one has ever seen it or gotten alarmed by the weapon that way. Carry careful and keep your head on a swivel so that you can avoid needing the tool you trust your and your family's life to.