robb wrote:My sister does....Ruger .380 LCP and my brother in law carries a Ruger P345 .45 cal. I have been considering getting the right to crry permit here in PA...deciding on pistol...I think I want a Taurus.
I carry both concealed and open. I'm carrying now having just returned home. VA lets you carry open anywhere but has restrictions when carrying concealed. I wish I could carry at work but schools are one of the places that are restricted to all guns. That makes them a sitting duck. I carry about 80% of the my non-work time. We store our guns in a gun vault and train our kids from a young age how to handle them. Once they reach 18 if they have completed an NRA basic gun course we give them the combination to the vault. We figure if we can trust them to drive a car safely at 16, we should be able to trust their judgment with a gun.
I have a Taurus .38 cal and I really like it. I carry it in a waist holster inside my jeans. The lump is covered by my shirt or my jacket and my arm sort of drapes over it. It's a small five shot that has exhaust ports on the end of barrel so it is loud and spits fire when fired. I always get a lot of attention at the range with it. I always go to the local gun shows and who knows what I'll bring home. Last year it was a 20 gauge shot gun. Right now I'm looking at a Sig Sauer 9mm. I'll rent one the next time I go to the range and see how it feels. Oh and I store ammo for them all; the more the better.
I have several pro-gun bumper stickers - "I carry a gun because a Police officer is too Heavy", one with a pink 9mm that says, "The first choice in feminine protection," and "I believe in gun control and I practice a lot." These are on 3 different cars. They are good conversation starters at traffic lights.
I carry because I can and firmly believe if "we, the people" don't exercise the rights acknowledged in the Constitution, we will lose them. Also I carry because those states that allow concealed carry have fewer crimes than those that don't. Just look at Maryland or DC. By carrying concealed I am playing an active role in keeping crime down in my neighborhood. The bad guys bother us less because they don't know who is carrying and who isn't. They head to Maryland and the District where the citizens are defenseless. I always say there are reasons I don't live in Maryland.
Have great evening, Lisa