new carry firearm

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by markhk, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. markhk

    markhk New Member

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    Hi,
    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?
     
  2. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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

  3. Mark F

    Mark F Active Member Supporter

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    You can never be "too" ready. I beleive you are doing the right thing....
     
  4. layton

    layton New Member

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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.


    Layton
     
  5. WDB

    WDB New Member

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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.

    Good post
     
  6. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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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.
     
  7. Mark F

    Mark F Active Member Supporter

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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.