jor-el wrote: Izaya wrote:
Michael2007 wrote:The advantages of concealed carry are far outweighed by some situational awareness and a good rifle. Under pressure you pistol will be useless after 25 yards for the average person. If I'm bugging out on foot I'm keeping my AR slung across my chest and accessible a roving band of baddies might just decide im not worth the effort especially if they are low on rounds. Have you ever tried to draw from your concealment holster when a guns pointed at you? I haven't and would rather never cause its a lot easier to bring your rifle up from a low ready.
I don't know if it's just my thinking, but if a bandit sees me walking down the road with my AR and chest rig on, he's probably thinking, that guy had some money before the disaster, he probably has some nice stuff in the backpack, why don't we hide and shoot him in the back while he's not looking. I'd much rather be walking around not strutting off my nice expensive things and giving out unneaded attention. That's just my thinking though. But hey I could be wrong who knows!
By this logic cops here should be getting mugged every day; ESU trucks would be broken into at least as often as ambulances around here. Top cop pay is averaging 90K. I typically carry 3-400 in cash all the time. Oddly, I haven't been mugged lately. Why do you suppose that is?
There is a difference between an apparently lone individual, or small group of civilians, and a member of a large and well equipped law enforcement agency. It's not justthe single cop and his arms BGs fear. It's the weight of retaliation from that huge body, if the BG kills or harms one of their own. Not as many people will have the armed citizen-prepper's back, and if they do, BG's won't necessarily perceive them to have such support.
My concern about OCing a rifle is the likely response I'd get from law enforcement in my AO. It is legal to open carry, but in a disaster situation I would be very nervous about the response it would garner from stressed out local authorities, more than bandits or bad guys. I believe that they would treat anyone openly carrying a rifle as a threat. It only just recently became legal to carry a weapon in a declared state of emergency in my AO. Until this year there was a statute in place that made it illegal to buy, sell, or transport a firearm whenever the governor declared a state of emergency. Note that I'm not calling my local PD bad guys or bad people, but I'm quite confident that if I left my house on foot with an AR slung over my shoulder during a civil disturbance or other disruption of the social order (aftermath of a hurricane, etc.) local PD's initial response would be dangerous to me.
Bad guys? I'd rather look like a hard target than an easy one, and rifle trumps pistol easily. But the rifle is also a tempting item to steal, by ambush or other means, both for it's monetary value and utility to the BG who sees me carrying it. I can also imagine jittery fellow survivors deciding I'm a threat because I'm walking by their home with a rifle, and popping off shots at me just in case.
A lot of those problems can be ameliorated if you have the skills and opportunity to move unseen, ie, at night, off main roads, etc. I don't really possess that kind of skillset.
This all assumes that you waited until the disaster had descended upon you and were then forced to bug out on foot. That's just sub-optimal, though it might become necessary. I'd much rather
a) gtfo before the disaster hits if possible (ie, leave before the storm hits) and if that isn't possible,
b)bug in and stay in until things get better or I'm forced back out by exigent circumstances. Walking through a disaster zone with a rifle isn't so much a problem because of the rifle
, it's a problem because you're walking through a disaster zone,
which will be full of suck no matter what you choose to carry.