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Why I Carry

Joe from recently contacted me and asked me to contribute to his “Why I Carry Wednesday” series, a weekly series where different people answer the question “why do you carry?”

My answer to this question is usually pretty short – I carry in case I need to shoot someone. If you carry a gun, hopefully that’s your reason as well.

I mean, my handgun isn’t going to do me any good locked up at home if I’m faced with an armed threat, right? Having said that, there is a bit of a back story of why I carry, and I decided to share part of it with Joe’s readers.

SIG P228

By Rama (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.0-fr (], via Wikimedia Commons

I still have my first handgun, a SIG P228 like the one pictured above. I should get it out of the safe more often.

When many (most?) of my friends turned 21, they celebrated the day as the day they could legally drink and get into bars without resorting to less than legal methods, of which I would know nothing about. I wasn’t like most of my friends however. I celebrated my 21st birthday as the day I could purchase a handgun and apply for a concealed carry permit. I walked into my local gun shop, having done a fair amount of research, and bought a SIG P228. I also went to my local Sheriff’s office to complete the concealed carry permit process.

You can read the rest of the post here.

6 Responses to Why I Carry

  1. mark gilbert August 7, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    I carry because i am responceable to protect myself nobody elsewill

  2. Jake August 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Well said Brandon. I too carry for the same reason. People decide to carry for different reasons, but at the end of the day we carry to protect life, and for some that means potentially taking a life.

    Now about that P228… 🙂

  3. Angel Feliciano August 7, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    I carry to make sure that my loved ones as well as myself are protected when we go out. With the world being what it is self protection is a must. Since I live in Florida which weapon I carry is selected by what I am wearing that day, but my normal selection is Springfield Armory Custom Shop 1911, Glock 22 40SW, Sig Sauer P226 EE 40SW, or Glock 19 9mm. My normal EDC is one of the pistol, 2 mags, Streamlight 88040 Pro Tac HL 600 light, Gerber 06 Auto Knife, Leatherman Multi-tool and tactical aluminum pen. I try to be ready for any situation. My time in the US Navy taught me that being prepared is a must.

  4. TK August 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Amen brother.

  5. rcpylon August 7, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    the story is almost mine to a tee. I also bought bullets instead of beer for my 21st! it was to feed my Sig 226 that I got for my birthday. still have it too.

  6. Matthew Kressley August 7, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    I carry to protect myself and my family. That’s why I strap on all this crap everyday. Hopefully I will never have to use any of it but I have it on me if I do.