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Hello forum,

Been tossing around at some point getting a pistol I can carry. The only way that will happen is when I get my LTC (even though Texas doesn’t need it) and I am super comfortable with the operation of my current firearm.

Have any of you been in a position where you were glad you were carrying, but didn’t actually have to use it…it was more of a “peace of mind and glad you have it for that situation” type of scenario.

I only encountered one situation a long time ago that I can think of where just having it in my person would have given me a piece of mind…but it worked out.

Just curious, and if this is in appropriate to ask apologies.

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Stephen
 

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Glad to have it. More glad I never was in need of it.
I guess a couple times in the past 20something years It came to the front of my mind, but that was about it.
 
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I had a skunk aiming a revolver at my face at approximately 10 inches.
Had I been armed at the time it wouldn't have done me any good. I was a dumb kid in the Air Force at the time. I could have easily avoided the encounter.
These days I am prepared. Sometimes I wear suspenders to go with my belt.
 

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I had a skunk aiming a revolver at my face at approximately 10 inches.
Had I been armed at the time it wouldn't have done me any good. I was a dumb kid in the Air Force at the time. I could have easily avoided the encounter.
These days I am prepared. Sometimes I wear suspenders to go with my belt.
Not getting into the former life. It was terrifying for the most part.
 

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Yes, I have found it reassuring to have a sidearm available at times when it wasn’t needed. Only had to point a firearm at a person one time in my life, but that was not in average civilian American life.

As to getting a firearm to carry, there are lots of things to consider.
-Picking something you WILL carry. Light enough, small enough, potent enough, easy enough to use and practice with, comfortable to shoot and practice with. Easy to operate under an adrenaline dump, but safe enough to operate under an adrenaline dump without being prone to discharging when you don’t want to or aren’t quite ready for.

My two most carried handguns right now are:

A Beretta Px4 compact or a S&W J frame revolver. The Beretta because it is a Double action first pull for ensuring that first shot is deliberate. It is decocker only, so there is no safety to have to manipulate to get a shot off And the decocker let’s me safely lower the hammer when shooting is done And resets the trigger to DA for holstering. It has an exposed hammer for checking manually when holstering to ensure it is down and the trigger isn’t snagging anything on the way into the holster (by placing the thumb behind the hammer on return to holster).

An Airweight .38 Special is light, small, and easy to carry and conceal in lightweight clothing. It features a double action trigger and no safeties to have to deactivate in order to employ. (So, some of the same reasons for picking the Px4, and basic initial employment is the same without having to train or practice a different safety. Draw, point/aim, shoot.)

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Hello forum,

Been tossing around at some point getting a pistol I can carry. The only way that will happen is when I get my LTC (even though Texas doesn’t need it) and I am super comfortable with the operation of my current firearm.
One of the main reasons for getting a LTC in states that don't require it is to be in compliance with the "Gun Free School Zones act of 1990" which makes it a federal crime to carry a loaded firearm within 1000 ft. of a school zone. The large number of K-12 schools in developed areas makes it difficult for an individual to travel any distance without entering a Gun Free School Zone. It's one of thee most asinine acts that congress ever passed and only serves to entrap and criminalize unsuspecting law abiding citizens.

GUN FREE ZONES GOTTA' GO as they serve no useful purpose whatsoever. But unfortunately until the laws are changed we're stuck with them. This just goes to show how stupid some of our legislators are and those who voted for them. Do they really think that some deranged individual hell bent on committing mass murder will be deterred by them?
 

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I've had a permit since 1996. There were two times in the 90s where a crowd of drunk college kids harassed me and my wife at the time, as we were walking the neighborhood. I thought for sure I would have to draw my gun, but I kept my cool, didn't react to escalate the situation, and it worked out.
 
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