PoliceOne reader survey results: Off duty carry

Throughout December 2008, PoliceOne asked our readers (in the P1 homepage poll) a series of five questions about off duty carry. Here are the results.

We were very pleased to see that two thirds of the LEOs who responded to our first question indicated that they always (43 percent) or usually (26 percent) carry off duty. Fewer than five percent of our members choose to never carry off duty.

Most P1 members choose to carry at the belt line while off duty.   Interestingly, the second question in our poll helps to also veryify the veracity of our initial results that about one in ten PoliceOne readers choose to rarely or never carry while off duty. 

The overwhelming majority of PoliceOne readers responding to part three of our poll say they carry a pistol, with only 10 percent of readers going with a wheel gun.

A full 40 percent of readers choose to carry a .40 cal, and in addition to the calibers we listed in part four of our survey, we heard from readers that they carry: .38 +p, .38 special, 340, and .357.

As we had expected, there were dozens of emails on this question, “Who makes your off duty gun?” from members who carry something other than a gun made by the five firearms manufacturers we were able to list on the site.

Among the most popular models that our readers emailed about were:

  • Browning BDM 9mm
  • Colt Lightweight .45 ACP
  • Glock mod. 22
  • H&K P2000
  • Kahr Arms PM-9
  • Kel-Tec PF9
  • Kimber 1911
  • Kimber Pro Carry .45 ACP
  • Kimber Ultra Carry II
  • Kimber Ultra Elite
  • Les Baer, Thunder Ranch .45 ACP
  • Paraordnance Carry 12 LDA .45ACP
  • Ruger p97
  • Springfield Armory Champion .45ACP
  • Springfield XD .45 ACP
  • Springfield XD .40
  • Springfield XD 9mm
  • Taurus model PT140
  • Walther PPK/S

No matter what you carry, where you carry, we at PoliceOne want you to be safe, always.

About the author

Doug Wyllie is Editor at Large for PoliceOne, responsible for providing police training content and expert analysis on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 900 feature articles and tactical tips. Doug is also responsible for planning and recording the PoliceOne Podcast, Policing Matters, as well as being the on-air host for PoliceOne Video interviews. Doug also works closely with the PoliceOne Academy to develop training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

Doug regularly represents PoliceOne as a public speaker in a variety of forums and is available for media interviews — he has appeared on numerous local and national radio and television news programs, and has been quoted in a host of print publications. 

Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).

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