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Old March 11th, 2018, 03:46 PM #1
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Carrying: 100% pure factory stock? Stock-ish?

I hope the moderators will summarily move this to another forum if I've picked the wrong spot. But as it relates to carrying and staying out of hot water in MD...

One often reads admonishments against carrying, for SD, a piece that's been in any way pimped out. The idea being that on the remote chance you're ever before a jury because of the need to use it, a prosecutor or civil suit go-getter will use that to demonstrate your gun-nuttery and thus your obvious guilt in spoiling for a fight, etc.

I get it. That makes sense. Why provide any leverage one doesn't have to. But ... would one consider a set of improved ("night") sights to be dipping one's toes in that dangerous water? I've become quite enamored with the XD-E I've been carrying and feel precisely zero urge to fiddle with its behavior. But I installed some TruGlo TFX Pro sights (their combo fiber/tritium arrangement). My practical motivation: they really are easier to see in both bright light and in the dark. But my armchair legal theory: they're entirely about improving the safety of using the gun in a marginally lit environment.

Anybody with more than just my same level of internet-powered conjecture to offer up on this topic? Thanks in advance.
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Old March 11th, 2018, 04:08 PM #2
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Another angle on this that I have seen before is if the authorities decide to hold your weapon for a while as evidence or whatever, is it something that you are willing to be without?
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There has been no succesful criminal prosecution of a DGU predicated solely on the modifications of a firearm.

That said one should always test their modifications for reliability and base their modifications on reason and not "it looks cool and everyone on Instagram is doing it".
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Hows your eye sight ? Do have a prescription for eye glasses. My 2 cents
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Another angle on this that I have seen before is if the authorities decide to hold your weapon for a while as evidence or whatever, is it something that you are willing to be without?
Again, the odds of that ever happening are very slim indeed. But if I actually pull it out, it's because I truly apprehended real danger. If that means, as a consequence, giving up that particular gun for a spell, that's the breaks. I'd be perfectly happy with my G43 as a plan B, if it came to that. But here's to hoping the entire issue never, ever comes up.
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A 'good shoot' is a 'good shoot', be it done with a tricked out STI, or a Hi-Point.

Simple sight upgrade? I don't think the vast majority of Prosecutors (even in the most hostile of areas) would either recognize the upgrade, or think to try to use it to turn a good shoot against someone.

When in America, one of my carry pieces - aftermarket sights, tuned trigger. If the worst ever happens, the least of my worries is a over-eager Prosecutor trying to crucify me. Survival first. Prosecution doesn't mean jack to a dead person.
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Hows your eye sight ? Do have a prescription for eye glasses. My 2 cents
In my fifties, now. Eyes are still pretty good, but readers are handy sometimes up close. A little bit of an astigmatism that manifests itself more at night. No question these aftermarket sights are a nice improvement for me.
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If you have to shoot someone, the gun will be in an evidence locker for a long time. A mostly plain pistol can be easily replaced. Losing a custom would be a drag. And it might be in awful shape when you get it back.

I don't think I'd worry about a mod like night sights but you never know what outlandish argument a liberal prosecutor will come up with. I'd steer away from mods like an AR dust cover with an offensive slogan. Or grips with some comic-book hero (ie Punisher) on them. That's gonna look bad to everyone, including the first cops that see it. You want them to write a sympathetic report, not view you as a suspect. Anything you can do to give them the right impression is a good idea. A 'Kill Them All' T-shirt may be amusing, but do you want to be wearing it right after a defensive shooting? Maybe not.
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http://modernserviceweapons.com/?p=6896 pretty good reading
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Yes, good reading - and pretty much in keeping with my instincts. Good to see that reinforced. Thanks.
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