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Old 09-13-2011, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Defensive Carry while Riding?

Just curious who else carries a side arm while riding.
I typically carry my Sig P229 when I'm on trips longer than just going to work or a trip to the local 7 day store.

And, one day, I got to thinking "who else carries?". Which then led me to " I wonder what most riders carry if they do carry and what type of holster systems do they use?"

So, Do you carry?
Do you ever feel uncomfortable that you might make others uncomfortable?
What do you typically carry if you do?
What holster set ups do you use when you ride?

Anyway, just curious.
Oh, for my holster. I have an IWB that I usually use with the Sig, but it's not a very secure restraint system for use will riding and I'm always scared a nice bump will pop it out. So I now open carry with a SERPA holster from Blackhawk, which is extremely comfortable and secure.




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Old 09-13-2011, 12:48 PM
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In CT I need to conceal… So I use a holster stile. I ALWAYS have my gun on me (I must have a little PEEPEE)… HAHAHA
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Old 09-13-2011, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Not a small sidearm at all. I thought my P229 was pushing the cusp of concealment size. What holster are you using if you don't mind me asking?

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Old 09-13-2011, 12:56 PM
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Yes I do.

Colt .45 Gold Cup. Standard Bianchi form fit left handed holster.

I always make sure the other riders are aware that I am packing. I don't think I have made anyone uncomfortable?

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Old 09-13-2011, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, now I definitely don't think my 229 is a large CCW option any more and will never complain about it's heft again.
Are you open carrying or concealed carrying?

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Old 09-13-2011, 01:43 PM
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I carry a Ruger .380 LCP loaded with the 90-grain Hornady Critical Defense rounds wherever I go. I just use a little Uncle Mike's pocket holster so I can put it wherever works at the time. I have one of those paddle holsters for it, but rarely use it.

It's nice, because if you stop somewhere and go in a store, etc., you can easily transfer it from, say, your riding jacket pocket to your front pants pocket without anybody noticing. It's tough or impossible to do that with a larger handgun.

It looks almost like a large billfold if you hold it right and you can store and pull it out from a lot of places nobody is ever going to expect a handgun to be coming from if you need to use it.

If I'm out in the country, I augment the LCP with a Ruger GP100 .357 in a generic black nylon shoulder holster under my jacket.

When I first started carrying, it was kind of weird to be in public places where you'd never carried a firearm before, but you get used to it.

It becomes second nature to scan the front doors of a place for a "No Guns Allowed" sign, and here in Missouri it's not like you're going to get arrested for carrying there: it's just a misdemeanor. Talking stores, etc. here, not the airport, police station, etc. You have to know the laws and keep abreast of them.

I get a lot of ribbing about carrying the little "James Bond Gun," but I practice with it a lot and it's a capable little defense gun, especially with the CD ammo. I sure as hell wouldn't want somebody shooting me with it.

It doesn't have much of an intimidation factor, but that doesn't concern me because if I have to draw, I'm not attempting to scare somebody, I'm attempting to kill them.



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Old 09-13-2011, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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I have noticed when I'm in the far left lane of the free way and open carrying, I end up with a much larger "buffer zone" around me.

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Open carry is legal here but I don't do it unless I'm out fishing or something because I feel like a big target whenever I do.

I was up eating at the local truck stop the other day and some guy came in wearing some kind of big hogleg on his side.

I was just sitting there thinking, "Well, if I were going to hold this place up or freak out and go on a shooting rampage, I know who I'd shoot first."

But, I suppose if I couldn't carry concealed, I'd take my chances with an exposed firearm over none at all, even if it did make me a target.




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Old 09-13-2011, 02:07 PM
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Just as a side note, I was talking to an inmate one day who was in a gang. At one point, it was his "assignment" to teach a class to the other gang members about how to figure out if somebody is carrying concealed or not, all the way from what means they might be using to carry, to how they act, move, look around, etc. He actually researched ways to carry, psychology, etc. on the Internet to make his presentation. Kinda scary, huh? He said he and most of his cronies could tell if somebody was carrying or not and I believe him. Got some good tips from him, though.

With the advent of CC here in Missouri a few years ago, the old "Don't Let Anybody Know You're Carrying" mantra is kind of a waste of time. The bad guys just automatically assume most everybody is and plan accordingly, so you have to be even more on your toes than ever.



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