What are you guys carrying and WHY? We are being issued Smith & Wesson M&P .45s but can carry pretty much anything we want within reason. I've never had any formal handgun courses until now. Our POST Academy is gonna run us through 68 hours of Firearms training, and with that I'll put about 1,800 rounds through my gun. So to a huge degree it makes sense to stick with what I will have practiced the most with, but I'm open to anything. If we go 1911 or revolver, our instructors will give us another 20 hours on each of those, and I'm tempted to threaten to carry both for the extra training.
For backup guns (we still have to qualify with it), do you bother with another gun, or do you see it as redundant?
What about off duty/concealed carry guns? Use your duty piece? Something smaller? Different? Our instructors are trying to encourage us to carry something similar to our duty guns, and in my case the M&P compact makes a lot of sense, but for whatever reason it doesn't move me. I'll have a small arsenal with me when on duty, but most of it will be in the truck. We get issued .308 Rem 700s, and 12 Gauge 870s, plus have the option of adding an AR (20 more hours to qualify with one of those, plus 50 something more hours with shotgun and .308 after POST and to break up the wildlife law classes), then most everyone has at least a .22 rifle, sometimes a .22 handgun also. So, any point to having a backup piece on my person? I kinda want an excuse for a little J frame, but am uncertain if I want to carry it in addition to the duty gun.
Any other philosophies you adhere to?