|The Quiet Man|
For years, my gold standard of CCW was the Glock 19. Good balance of size, capacity, and shootability. I never felt undergunned however on days when either dress or circumstances dictated that I just drop a j frame and a speed strip in my pockets.
These days however the p365 has pretty much dominated both roles. I've got other guns that I carry occasionally just because I like them, but that little Sig pretty much fits my definition of the perfect carry gun.
I do own a LCP for those days when discretion is an absolute necessity...
When I see pictures like this I question the utility of snubbies (note that the snubbie in question here is a .357. A .38 would be slightly shorter.)
Yeah, that......plus the P365 is thinner and carries 6 more rounds in factory form.
I dumped my revolvers years ago when I realized that most of the bad guys carried something with more capacity. So I went to a Sig 239. Then I realized that while I love the 239, it also didn't really have good capacity and that I was still under gunned if I encountered a determined bad guy or multiple offenders. So now I carry a 226 or a 228. I love it when people say things like " 5 is enough or if I can't stop them with 6 I'll throw it at them". The reality is that almost all handgun rounds really do suck. Sometimes you will hear of a guy being stopped with one round but most of the time people will take multiple hits and keep on going. For help in understanding this, watch the recent police shooting in IIRC, California in which the Police responded to a man with a knife call. The bad guy backed them up what seemed like 5 or 6 blocks till he finally charged them. One of the Officers shot him 7 times. He went down but then got right back up and did it again only this time he was able to get one of the Officers in a head lock and almost killed him. That Officer is alive today only by the grace of God and his partners shooting ability. A revolver is a great bug but as far as being a primary, I would vote a resounding no. What's the old adage, carrying a gun should be comforting, not comfortable. Bu of course, YMMV.
10 times out of 10 I choose semi-automatic.
In my opinion, this image graphically shows exactly why spur-less-hammer and “fast-back” revolvers are better, in deep concealment, than most pocket autos. The more-protruding and more-squared-off the rear of the slide, the worse it gets, for smoothly clearing the weapon from a pocket, or some other esoterically-deep concealment.
Once upon a time, some cars were termed “fastbacks,” and the S&W Centennial revolvers have a shape reminiscent of fastback automobiles. Mas Ayoob used this term, in his articles, so I have just borrowed it from him.
I am not hating on small autos, just stating a limitation.
Have Colts, will travel
“Simplicity.” In and of itself, simplicity is a good thing.
I make no claim to being a martial artist. My combatives training has been spotty, and widely/sporadically occasional. I lived through almost 34 years of night shift patrol, working for Houston PD. Personally, my take is that if you are comfortable with realistic, street-relevant combatives, have an alert mind, carry a stout blade, and a five-shot revolver, plus, a powerful light, if it is dark, you will be quite well-prepared, for most scenarios.
Having said that, I worked a robbery, in my neighborhood, a “nice” neighborhood in Houston, involving five suspects, at least one 9mm pistol, and at least one 12-gauge shotgun. The complainant ran, and scaled an amazingly high fence, to successfully get away. Of course, the complainant might have been shot, had he tried to produce a weapon. (The suspect’s guns were real; they fired them, and missed.)
At the time of that robbery, I was normally carrying two SP101 revolvers, during personal time. Occasionally, I added a third SP101, or substituted a larger revolver for one SP101. (My duty pistol was a G22, a weapon I never really liked, so I never bought concealment leather for it. I switched to a P229R DAK, soon after DAK was introduced.)
When I carried two SP101 revolvers, 2002-2006, I had a “duty to respond,” 24/7/365. Plus, I have been functionally ambidextrous with DA revolvers, since the mid-Eighties, so, while 0300 is, technically, my primary weapon location, I have long favored having a weapon accessible to each hand.
Now, in retirement, I am almost comfortable, to again carry two SP101 revolvers, or one SP101 and one J-snub, at least some of the time, in some places. (The Houston, Texas metro area can be an amazingly violent place, lately.)
I should add, however, that in my skinny hands, an SP101 behaves more like a larger gun, than a pocket gun.
I should also add that I feel more comfortable, with a small gun, when I have a very stout blade on my person.
Have Colts, will travel
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