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Old 08-10-2009, 04:02 PM   #1
 
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My .357 SIG HP is back as CCW!

Forgive me! I had moved to a GLOCK G19 for CCW when the thought of my custom BHP .357 SIG getting "carry-worn" began to bother me. Mrs. Ghost Tracker now has her CDWL & has exercised her Right of Eminent Domain claiming my CT laser-equipped G19 as her own! Oh nooo! Now my favorite fighting handgun is back pulling CCW duty .



Do y'all ever have any hesitation about exposing your custom ($$$$) handguns to the rigors of daily carry? I mean, I'm wild about the pistol...but I've got so much money, gun smithing (wait time) & emotional capital invested in the gun "I always wanted" that I (almost) want to save it for special occasions. What do y'all think?
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Old 08-10-2009, 04:16 PM   #2
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Personally, I have a hard time getting my mind around the idea of my high dollar custom firearm sitting in an evidence locker, being subjected to handling and testing by non-caring techs, etc, all for some unknown amount of time, in the event I ever had to use it "socially".



I certainly understand the concept of "carry the best you can (afford)". Good insurance is expensive. But at the same time, if you're of the "firearm as a tool" school, it seems more practical to carry something you're less emotionally invested in. I think this is one reason Glocks are so popular.



In the end it comes down to a personal decision. But you have to carry what you're comfortable with.



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Old 08-10-2009, 04:17 PM   #3
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While I like my guns, and would probably cry a river if forced to turn it over to the "Evidence Room" I did select it because it is a fine, reliable and dependable handgun.



I look at the handgun as a tool and a work of art. While I may mourn the loss of the art I will be happy that the tool functioned to do it's job. In short, I don't worry about it much because if it keeps me alive then I can go buy another one.



With all that said, If I knew I was going into a Katrina like situation I would carry a plastic gun. For day to day carry I carry something a little nicer than a Glock. To me a Glock is what I consider a "disposable" pistol.



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Old 08-10-2009, 04:56 PM   #4
 
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My Glocks (one G17 for the house and two G26s that alternate for daily carry) get a lot of respect from me. Glocks are the ultimate in a simple, utilitarian pistol for SHTF situations.



But I have to admit that my recently acquired 69C Belgian BHP steals the show when it comes to exotic looks and feel. I could never take this pistol out of the house unless I were going to the range.



Glocks are ugly, reliable bricks that go boom every time you pull the trigger. My Hi-Power is a beautiful, reliable sports car that goes boom every time you pull the trigger. Ugly gets to serve daily duty. Beauty gets to stay in the safe.



I know that wasn't the BHP's intended purpose, but what can I say?
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:10 PM   #5
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I don't "get" you guys. I carry and shoot my browning hi-power. I wore the blue down once. I just had it redone. I'll wear it down again. Then I'll just wear it down again. I have no emotional investment in it, just appreciation for it's deep blue finish, walnut grips, and incredible history. There are no safe queens at my house.
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:19 PM   #6
 
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Pretty much everything I do to any of my guns is to make it shoot better for me. Of course mine was a rust bucket to start with and has since been restored but to me holster wear is a badge of honor. Sort of like the stickers some guys put on their Harleys. "IF YOU SEE THIS BIKE ON A TRAILER CALL 911. IT'S STOLEN". I don't even own a gun safe.
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:25 PM   #7
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I had one of my guns worked over by a true artist (long since retired), Lance Martini, specifically for carry. There was a brief hesitation about holster wear, etc. once I got it back from its six plus makeover.



That lasted all of about five seconds.



It's been out and about for the past 15 years. Yes, it shows holster wear, but it still ranks number one in the pecking order.
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:45 AM   #8
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I'm with Dutch. I can't afford to buy a safe queen. I can't afford to buy a gun that can't be carried. I wince when I go through a doorframe and smack a Nill's grip. Oh well, that's how character starts to build. As far as guns ending up in evidence or worked over at a crime lab, that's the risk we all take. Saw a pristine SW 39 used in a shooting a couple of weeks back. It crossed my mind that it was history but so what, another one can be found. Don't get me wrong, I am very fond of my guns and modify them to suit me. However, most guns do not fall into the irreplaceable category of Picasso paintings. This is a long way of saying carry your .357 Sig HP, enjoy it and, if you mess it up, fix it.
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:44 AM   #9
 
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In review of my original post a glaring truth occured to me. What more "special occasion" is there for a serious fight-gun...than a FIGHT? Sorry Gents, I think my panties were previously showing. Thanks for your unabashed clarity. I have plenty of other CCW options, but moving back from a GLOCK 19 to my own version of a "perfect" HP is a Special Occasion all by itself!
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Old 08-11-2009, 12:50 PM   #10
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Howdy folks,



While I am very attached to all of my firearms, put me in the crowd that still considers them to be tools as well. I simply don't own safe queens by choice. Any and all of my firearms are working weapons when needed.



When I have purchased a Sig P226 as a duty weapon, I have thought nothing of adding nightsights, spare mags, the short curved trigger, etc to each pistol, bringing the cost up to over $1000.00 per pistol. Frankly I think I am worth it. Every CZ75B .40 I have purchased has had action magic done to it by a well known CZ smith, before I drove to his store and do the paperwork and bring it home. Trijicons get installed along with the short/curved (P01/SP01 trigger). That brings their costs up to the $900 range (he gives me a great price on the pistol itself, since he knows he will be doing his magic on them).



I spend that money so if needed, hopefully in a gunfight I will have an edge over the badguy and be around afterwards. Again, to me I am worth it. While I have had all of my handguns seized as evidence and ballistically examined in the past, I have also been lucky. As a LEO the forensic folks respected them, and even marked them as evidence under the grips where those markings would not normally show.



But once I become a retired LEO/civilian, if they mark them otherwise, oh well, it will just add a bit more character to the handgun in my view. As long as I am aware to look at those markings, quite frankly I will not care they are there. These are my survival tools, that I both maintain and respect, but use as intended.



I am glad you have decided to carry your HP in 357 Sig, as I think they are an excellent combo. All pistols that I carry these days have that barrel installed as it is my defense round of choice for right now anyway. But that said, if you had elected to turn it into a range gun/safe queen, it would have been your right to do so. I am just glad you did not.



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