Should i get a conceal carry permit?
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  1. Should i get a conceal carry permit?

    My cousin just recently got his and he encouraged me to get mine. If i do decide to get mine what would be the best conceal carry weapon?

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  3. #2
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    You've asked two very big questions... the first is a very personal matter, and no one can make that decision for you. I would argue that the second is similar. You will get a variety of opinions from all of the members here about what to carry and why, but a common theme in all of the responses will be that you have to carry what is right for you.

    Do yourself a favor and browse the forums. There are many excellent threads that should be helpful in providing some guidance for you to be able to come to a decision regarding both questions.

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    As far as a ccw it depends in the state you live in. In the state I live you Really do not need a ccw. But the only reason I applied for one is when I go to other states. That do not have the same laws my state does. The only two states that are very close are Alaska and Arizona. And Arizona is better. Now my eldest son lives in a southern state where it is legal to "carry" a firearm in the glove box of your car. Which does not do Any good if you are away from your car. So he received his last week. And that is another reason why I applied for my ccw when I go visit him and my other children in that state.

    As far as a personal carry it is what you may think you are comfortable with. Typically some gun stores will rent you different guns so you can try them. I carry a Springfield Amory XD-357 SIG Full size service pistol with a 4" barrel. Have so for years. The wife on the other hand carries a XD Sub-Compact 9mm. My eldest son carries a firearm like mine but in a 40 cal. One of my cousin in laws carries a five shot revolver 357 in the summer but loaded with 38 special and a Glock 9mm in the winter. So my person belief is carry the largest firearm you are comfortable with. If I had the money I would move up to a full size 10mm like a Glock 20. Or a EAA Witness 10mm. But I like and I am used to a full size firearm on my hip and I do carry it in the summer with shorts and a t-shirt. So good luck and read/learn the laws in your state.

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    I absolutely agree with BUmmedic, only you can decide if you should carry a weapon. Think about it very seriously, not just "yeah, I think it would be a good idea" (you didn't say that was your reason, I'm just saying that it needs more thought than that). Make sure you understand ALL that carrying a weapon means. I truly, truly hope that I never have to use my weapon, but I am prepared to do so if necessary, and I am aware of the repercussions if I do.

    As for what to carry, if there was agreement on that there'd be a whole lot fewer gun options offered! My son-in-law carries a full size 1911 in an inside the waistband holster, I carry a "mouse gun" in a pocket holster, or occasionally open carry a larger gun. You have to consider how you dress and a bunch of other things. I'm a pretty new member here but I've been reading a lot of the older posts; there's lots of good information here in the forums.

    Personally, I usually ignore any 'advice' from anyone who basically says "You have to do it my way or you're an idiot". But that's just my free opinion, and no doubt worth every cent.
    Last edited by TrapperBob; 10-09-2013 at 09:07 AM. Reason: spelling. Jeesh! I've got to type more carefully!

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    Taking your state's CC class might be a good experience, and help you decide if you want the cc permit.

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    Getting your CWP is not a decision for your cousin or anyone else. It is yours alone. The correct firearm to carry is the one you are comfortable using. Now the allure is gone. You've made the choice to carry. If you are not willing to use that weapon, leave it at home! Advertising that you are carrying without the predetermined decision to defend yourself and fellow citizens will get you a large can of whup ass dumped all over you.

    Are you ready and confident that you will use your firearm in a safe and lawful manner to defend yourself and your fellow citizens. If not forget about it.

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    I would take the class, Submit the paperwork and get that plastic. Doesn't mean you have to carry all the time. None of the time if you wish is fine but your decision. I would invest the money and get it anyway. If your cousin is an experienced shooter ask him to show you what you need to know and tryout his firearms. I am sure he would be flattered.

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    I always recommend people to get their permit when asked. Having a permit does not mean that you have to carry, but it does give you the option should you decide to. Of course this assumes that you are in a state that requires you to have a permit to carry concealed, or visiting a state that recognizes the permit from your home state or whatever state you are planning on getting a permit from.

    Having the permit gives you options that you would not otherwise have. I like options.

    As to your question regarding the best concealed carry weapon... That is a much more personal, and difficult, question to me. It depends on what you shoot best, what you are most comfortable with, what you will carry and not just leave at home because it is too big, too heavy, too small, too light, wrong color or whatever. A Concealed Carry Weapon does you no good if you do not have it with you, or if you can not hit what you are aiming at, when you need it.

    In any case, whatever you decide, I strongly recommend training and practice regardless of how much you do, or don't, carry. If you are not well versed with firearms, start with basic safety and familiarization. The NRA Pistol course is a good one for this. But, don't stop there. There are many good training facilities and instructors out there and the more training and practice you get the better you will be at handling yourself and your firearm whether it be at the range or in an emergency situation.

    Best of luck to you

  10. Yep, I agree with all that have been said, I would at less try for your CCL.

  11. Wow, thanks for all the suggestions and advice.

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