A great comment to the page “Sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs” brought us an issue I’d like to expand on. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from people all across this country the complaint that this pistol or that is too big or too heavy for carry. What a load of crap. All of these “girlie men” are looking at the smallest polymer .32 or even .25acp’s they can find. If they are feeling Hardy that day they might look at a 9mm.
This is one of those things I will say only once so take heed; you should be worried about too little gun, not too much. If you have too little gun you might as well be carrying a BB-gun because there isn’t much difference between the two. For instance, did you know that a .22lr has more energy than a .25acp? I wouldn’t recommend a .22lr for defence…at all. The .25acp is worse than the smaller caliber. If your life is in danger and you pull out either one of those calibers you are a dead man.
One of my favorite things to do, when these full grown men are whining that they won’t own a certain pistol because it’s too heavy, is to pull up my shirt and show them my Springfield Armory 5″ 1911 on my hip. They didn’t know it was here until I lifted up my shirt. Then they see my .45acp hand cannon of a gun and they’re all of a sudden humble. In that moment they went from being the authority on the subject to realizing that they don’t know a darn thing about what they’re talking about.
Then I politely explain to them that I am more confident because I have enough gun to take care of any situation. I don’t have to wonder if I can save myself and my family because the gun itself strikes fear into those it is drawn against. Then I cast my shirt back over the gun and it disappears again.
If you are going to take on the responsibility of concealed carry then carry a gun big enough for the job. This isn’t a “mine’s bigger than yours” issue. You simply need something with enough power to stop illegal aggressions towards you and your family. You will look back without regret at all those long days of inconveniencing yourself with a little heavier gun if you ever have to defend your family. However you will regret not carrying enough of a gun and some dirt bag ends up harming your family even after being shot up with a wimpy caliber. Which would you rather have? A heavy gun or a harmed family?
Now there are lighter guns out there with big enough calibers. Glock, Springfield XD, FNP are all polymer pistols that have .40 or .45 calibers. Both are good choices. Heck I will even through 9mm in there as long as you have good quality hollow points.
So, go forth with a man’s gun and join those of us that dare to proudly carry our guns ready to defend our selves, our family, and out neighbors.