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  1. Taking the Plunge

    So today I went down to my local cop shop and got the ball rolling on my License to Carry Handgun permit. Filled out my forms, and got finger-printed (they didn't have any wipes naturally). Now I get to play the waiting game! Any idea how fast Indiana moves on permits?

    I joined this forum a few months ago inquiring about the Crossbreed Supertuck for my CZ75. Since that time I have purchased the Supertuck and I've been wearing the gun at home to get it broken in and find where it fit me best. I'm really happy that I went ahead and got the Supertuck! Really comfortable when sitting and moving around. Granted I'll know more when I'm able to carry all day anywhere I go.

    Anyway, I had a couple of questions I was hoping you fine folks would be able to help me out with. I've got the Supertuck holster but, what about an extra magazine? I have a 16+1 magazine from MecGar and a 15+1 round that I'm assuming came from the factory since it has no markings. Is the 16+1 all that's needed or should I look into a mag carrier?

    My other question is, these carry restricted areas. What to do with my weapon when I've no other choice but to be in one? Can I just lock the pistol in the glove box? What about carrying in the post office? I haven't read anything about it being a carry restricted area but maybe I'm just looking in the wrong area.

    -Thanks!

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  3. First off, congrats on getting the ball rolling! The more responsible armed citizens on the street, the better off everybody is.

    I'm not sure how fast Indiana gets their permits done, but if I recall correctly, a lot of states are beginning to use electronic fingerprinting. If you had your fingerprints taken on a computer using a touch pad, then you can likely expect a faster processing time. If not, it'll likely be longer. *Note, it also depends on how many applications your licensing division is currently processing.

    Regarding magazines and ammunition capacity, I say carry as much as you can comfortably, but definitely at least 2-3 magazines total. You should be training to fire from different positions, weak arm, and other possible scenarios you could be in, including weapon emergency procedures. Work on your own physical fitness, get plenty of sleep, and stay focused, always striving to learn more about the law, your weapon, and tactics. I have 2 magazines of 8 right now, which is pretty pathetic, so my total carrying capacity is 17. I'm a fairly decent shot, but I want to get at least 2 more magazines, and a carrier. If you're in a situation where you have to fire over 30 rounds, you're either firing blanks, a bad shot, or in a really bad situation, in which you should be firing rounds just to get the hell out of there as fast as possible!

    Every state has it's own areas where carrying is unauthorized. This site is a good place to start, but your state's website will have the most up-to-date information. In Florida, as long as it's not a state or federal, "gun-free" area, private businesses, stores, and other places displaying a no-firearms sign, are generally authorized to carry in, unless they say you can't. In that case if you continue to carry in there, or lie about carrying, you can face serious trespassing with a firearm charges. As I've said, this is FL though. Check this site, and your state's site for the best information. I'm also pretty sure carrying into a post office is illegal, but I can't recall for sure at this time.

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    Check out the resources area for Indiana. Here's a link Indiana Concealed Carry Permit Information If you need further information, contact the Indiana State Police, or your local LE agency where you applied for your permit.

    Federal property (including post offices) are prohibited areas in every state unless you have specific written permission (for example, if you live on a military base and have a permit or other written authorization from the post commander).

    Your permit should come with information regarding state and county laws, or information as to where you can find the applicable laws. If you don't receive any information with your permit, or are still unclear as to what is allowed, and what isn't allowed, I strongly recommend requesting the information IN WRITING from the Indiana State Police ISP: Contact Us



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    well i'm in the same boat you are i just renewed my permit for a lifetime one in northwest IN. and from what i've heard it usually takes about three to five weeks to get the permit.........and as for carrying extra ammo do what ever you feel comfortable with...........

  6. Thank you for the replies. I'll look into a mag carrier when I get some extra income.

  7. When I carry a semi auto (and that's most of the time recently) I always carry 1 spare mag on my person and 1 in the center console of my truck. Why? Because I am not comfortable betting my life on the fact that the mag in the gun will always work reliably when my life is on the line. The one on me is the #1 backup but in a vehicle, it's easier to get to the one in the console than to reach down between the seat and the console for it. It would make much more sense to me to dump, rack repeatedly to clear and load a fresh, full mag if there's a malfunction with the primary magazine than go through the rack and tap drill and rely on that magazine that just had a failure. I don't think I'm going to need that much ammunition (if I run through 14 shots of .45 and still am under threat, I've really screwed up) but a malfunction is always an outside possibility.

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    I agree...seems to me if you find you're grinding through 14, 15, 16 rounds of ammo and you're still at a deficit, you're wading in deeper poop than you bargained for. I guess it's better to have more than less, but...Geez! How much warfare should one guy be prepared for?!?
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    Depending on what the attire allows for, I'll carry between 1 and 2 extra mags (10 rounds per mag). I do carry a BUG whenever possible, so that would add an additional 9 rounds in the BUG if it's a Glock 27 or 10 rounds if it's a Glock 23. Weather or not I carry the 2nd BUG would depend on what I was doing, where I was going, and how long I planned to be away from home/hotel.



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  10. From what I've read from you guys I think I'll get along fine with the single 16+1 magazine. I might just stick the second magazine in one of my pockets/bag.

    What is the school of thought on carrying reloads? I can get 500 count box of Remington Gold Sabers for $66.00 compared to $20.00 for a 20 round box of Speer Gold Dots. Using my reloads I'd be able to practice with what I carry. It just seems to make more sense to me but maybe I'm missing something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Crow View Post
    From what I've read from you guys I think I'll get along fine with the single 16+1 magazine. I might just stick the second magazine in one of my pockets/bag.

    What is the school of thought on carrying reloads? I can get 500 count box of Remington Gold Sabers for $66.00 compared to $20.00 for a 20 round box of Speer Gold Dots. Using my reloads I'd be able to practice with what I carry. It just seems to make more sense to me but maybe I'm missing something.
    Reloads are great for practice, but be sure to fire up a couple of boxes of your SD ammo as well. This will ensure that it feeds properly in your firearm, and will help you gain confidence in the round. I personally wouldn't carry reloads for SD, but there are various schools of thought.

    I personally use Speer Gold Dot ammo for my SD needs.



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