I can imagine some of you reading the headline of today’s blog post, saying “What the expletive, Ranger Man? You don’t carry concealed? You ain’t no survivalist. You a preppin’ poser!”
Yeah, whatever. I’ve been called worse.
Why I Rarely Carry Concealed Weapons
I don’t see the need. I carried briefly right after getting my permit and the novelty wore off fast. I didn’t like having a loaded handgun inside my belt whenever I went out. It’s one thing in the woods, something other when I’m at the grocery store buying milk. I didn’t like making sure it stayed concealed so the random anti-gun person wouldn’t freak out if they saw it. Yes, I know, get the right gun, holster and belt and no one will ever notice. I don’t care.
I don’t live in a high crime area or state. Yeah, the random gun toting lunatic might hold up a convenience store the same time I’m buying gas, but c’mon – very unlikely.
Some preppers might argue that carrying concealed reinforces a preparedness mindset, which is probably true; but I don’t care. If I’m strapping a handgun on every morning I’m saying to myself, if even on a subconscious level, “Hey, you might get attacked today – watch out!”
That’s not the way I want or need to see my day. I’m not a cop. If I lived in a high crime area, or had a sketchy job, I might think differently about it …. but I don’t.
Why I Have a Concealed Weapons Permit
Years ago, my father told me to get one. “Why?” I said. “You have one and don’t even use it.” He said that if the government further regulated (or ban altogether) the average’s citizen’s right to carry concealed, they would probably grandfather existing permit holders to make it politically acceptable. He thought I should get one just in case the ability to get one was taken away at some future date. “Get it before you need it” was the thinking.
I agreed with that. I knew there COULD be an instance where I’d feel threatened and want to carry a gun. Someone could threaten me or my family, I could be carrying a large wad of cash (highly unlikely), or any other hypothetical, unforeseen reason. I wanted to know that if I needed to, I could carry. I see a concealed weapons permit like an insurance card. If I need it – it’s there.
The last time I actually carried concealed was about a year ago and I did it for all of 20 minutes. Without going into too much detail, there was a somewhat mentally unstable person with whom I had a contractual relationship (before I realized he was so sketchy). He was extremely upset with someone else and was yelling to me over the phone, using threatening language toward the 3rd person. I contacted the police and they (of course) knew the guy and suggested I end my relationship with him ASAP. The next day I went to see him, handgun concealed, and gave him the paperwork that ended our agreement.
I think the last time I carried “concealed” before that was bird/rabbit hunting in Maine’s North Woods. Did I feel threatened? No, but I had a.22 handgun in the truck that I didn’t want anyone passing by to see. If I didn’t have a permit and a police officer found it, I’d have been in trouble. Insurance card.
Do I think YOU should get a concealed carry permit if you don’t already have one?
Yes, I do.
Do I think you need to use it every day?
No, I don’t.
Do I like knowing that some people DO carry all the time?
Yes, I do – and I hope you’re in the convenience store with me when that hypothetical gun toting lunatic tries to rob the place.
– Ranger Man
BTW: Lockheed Martin is working on a new “self-aiming” sniper rifle for the military, built on the M-14 platform. Technology is advancing. If you’re obscenely rich, marksmanship challenged and technology dependent, maybe it’ll be available for civilians and you can spend too much on one. Read about it here.