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January 28, 2009
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Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief 10-43: Be Advised...
with Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief

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
  • REMINGTON RAND 1911A1
  • 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 in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. 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 750 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. 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). Even in his "spare" time, he is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

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