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Old 08-01-2009, 03:24 AM   #1
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Just thought I'd relay my experience in changing my carry firearm. I have been carrying my .38 special in a fanny pack (I'm old and no one would guess I'm packing) for about 3 months now. I just got my Velcro holster for my XDcompact and began carrying that. It was really strange to switch from the double action revolver to a cocked and chambered semi automatic. I know safety features of the XD, but the immediacy of the XD ratcheted up my awareness of safety requirements of carrying. I cannot explain the impact of this switch. Two weeks ago I shot both guns and realized that shooting the .38 as a single action had that same immediacy, so I think it's the trigger pull that has such an impact. The rule of "never put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot" has a completely new meaning to me. Also acquiring more training in moving and shooting in different scenarios is a must.

Maybe I'm being oversensitive. What do you think?



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Safety should always be first and foremost. I see no problem with your new train of thought.



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Just thought I'd relay my experience in changing my carry firearm. I have been carrying my .38 special in a fanny pack (I'm old and no one would guess I'm packing) for about 3 months now. I just got my Velcro holster for my XDcompact and began carrying that. It was really strange to switch from the double action revolver to a cocked and chambered semi automatic. I know safety features of the XD, but the immediacy of the XD ratcheted up my awareness of safety requirements of carrying. I cannot explain the impact of this switch. Two weeks ago I shot both guns and realized that shooting the .38 as a single action had that same immediacy, so I think it's the trigger pull that has such an impact. The rule of "never put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot" has a completely new meaning to me. Also acquiring more training in moving and shooting in different scenarios is a must.

Maybe I'm being oversensitive. What do you think?
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Every time I carry my XD to or from the car, or every time I pick it up. I always check that the thumb safety is engaged, in fact I do it automatically now without a conscious effort. That is one thing I like about the XD. I also got my Taurus sub compact last Thursday, but wouldn't you know it, I am once again waiting on the approval, and it also has a thumb safety on it.I cannot carry on my person, still waiting on the license, but it is in the car with me when I go some where all the time now. It sits on a shelf atmy desk and when I get up to go some where, I automatically carry it with me, getting almost 2nd nature now.


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Mark,
Your not being oversensitive, I carry a S&W M&P 45 in condition one (ready to fire). The pistol has no external safety. As always finger on the trigger means you are about to fire no matter how many/few external safeties on the firearm.

As always it comes down to practice, practice and even more practice. Carrying a firearm comes with huge responsibility. I think you are on track in understanding the inportance of firearm change. Different pistol and different carry style.

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Due to an earlier admonishment on this forum which went something like "If you don't feel confident carrying a firearm ready to fire, you have no business carrying in the first place", I now carry Mexican (In a holster) in Condition 1.
I still haven't shot my Johnson off, so it seems to be working.

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Every time I carry my XD to or from the car, or every time I pick it up. I always check that the thumb safety is engaged, in fact I do it automatically now without a conscious effort. That is one thing I like about the XD. I also got my Taurus sub compact last Thursday, but wouldn't you know it, I am once again waiting on the approval, and it also has a thumb safety on it.I cannot carry on my person, still waiting on the license, but it is in the car with me when I go some where all the time now. It sits on a shelf atmy desk and when I get up to go some where, I automatically carry it with me, getting almost 2nd nature now.


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That's the way its got to be Layton. Because the ONE TIME you don't have your gun... will be the one time you'll NEED IT.

I have my CHL, and it's nice... but when I didn't have it, it certainly didn't keep me from protecting myself or family. All my CHL did was allow me to "legally" carry inside appropriate places.


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