Showing posts with label concealed carry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label concealed carry. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

From Around The Web

Tam is about halfway through her now standard 2k with no lube or cleaning test with her sweet 1911. So far there are two failures (one of which might well be attributed to questionable random ammo she had) which is pretty solid. Without doing math in public that is well under .01%. Also it looks good.

This has me really wanting to do some sort of 1911 project. I wanted a cool pistol to go with my FAL and have been thinking about different ideas. A nice 1911 would fit the bill. I kind of want to build a cool old school (well to me anyway) 80's era Colt 1911 with Pachmyr rubber grips and Novak low profile sights. Or I could go with the Longmire and get a plane jane one with Elk grips.

[Don't have a clue how I would fund it. Also it would not be the best way to spend that money which if I shopped hard could get a serviceable but budget M4 pattern AR-15 for a truck gun and another Glock for a rainy day but I digress. Thinking about what we want to buy/ build is half the fun anyway and 2-3 times a year money has a way of appearing so who knows. On a serious note I will get a case each of 5.56, 7.62 ball AND a truck gun M4, though maybe not in that exact order, before thinking about it.]

Oleg Volk talks about Selecting Handgun Pairs for Carry and Home Defense. My thoughts on the subject:
-Oleg makes a good point about similar methods of operation, especially for an inexperienced shooter. Commonality is good as one system is easier to become proficient with.
-The two guns need to be different enough in size to really be distinguishable. A full sized handgun and a gun on the top end of the compact range (I'm talking to you G19 and Commander Sized 1911's) do not really offer much in terms of different options.
-Magazine and caliber commonality is good if you can get it. 
- Modern upwards compatible handgun systems (Glock, M&P, XD, etc) that offer sub compact if not quite pocket sized models as well as larger compact to service sized handguns offer really good possibilities in this area. A G26 to carry and a G17 at home with a light on it by your bed is a heck of a set up.
-If wheel guns are your thing the classic combo of a little j frame .38 and a big ole .357 mag is a great option.
-I know a couple guys who have a full sized .45 for a house/ woods/ range gun and a little .380 pocket rocket to carry. This is a pretty decent set up; the only criticism I could bring of it is that they probably carry the .380 when they should have a real gun.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Real World Self Defense and Weapons Retention

I have recently seen a couple of videos that merited sharing. In the first a man is attacked then robbed of his CCW pistol. I feel like we need to be reminded that in a significant number of cases, maybe even a majority, some amount of  movement/ fighting is going to be necessary to create the time and distance to bring a pistol into play. Everyone wants to be a cool guy and shoot fast at targets up close as well as quote some variation of the '3 seconds, 3 shots, 3 feet' thing. However folks don't seem to want to accept this means a fist fight or dirty boxing/ standing grappling/ wrestling match.

 Tam noted this guy who got beat up and had his gun stolen. Seriously a holster with decent retention would have gone a long way in helping the probably decent guy not get gun jacked. The pistol fell out when Goblin threw him on the ground. It isn't even an economic thing. The Blade Tech AIWB holster I use costs like $25. So for the price of a frozen pizza an a half rack of decent beer or bottle of Jim Beam you can have a serviceable holster with adequate retention. Even the most basic Uncle Mikes nylon holster will be like $15.

This is yet another reason I favor appendix carry. Nobody is going to sneak up and grab a pistol I am carrying at 12:15. Also that is an area where I can apply a lot of power and I can easily protect.  Here folks like to envision some sort of boxing match and their pistol safely at 4 o'clock. It ain't likely to happen that way. The person is either going to attack the gun strait away of when they become aware of its presence change angles and go for it. Now the person is fighting someone at their side or behind them which is not good. By default a person trying to grab for my gun is right in the danger zone. Taking a gun off someone carrying appendix is going to be about impossible without strait beating them into unconsciousness.

Additionally I am a big fan of knives for close in work. Some folks carry a dedicated blade just for that but I just have the one knife in my EDC system. I want one of those cool finger knife things but haven't gotten around to it yet.

This is also a fairly rare instance where breaking just one of the three cardinal rules (Don't do stupid things in stupid places with stupid people) got a guy into a problem. Usually you can get away with fudging one of the three and it is when you get to two that trouble comes. Except this time. This happened around 1 AM. I cannot say for certain it couldn't have happened at 8 pm but I doubt it.

Like Tam ECQC is definitely on my short list. In fact it is the only specifically named class (vs a generic field like 'precision rifle course')

Onto the next video.
This is worthwhile because a guy comes from a position of serious disadvantage to win. When bad guys try to decrease your mobility, restrain you or take you elsewhere they want more than money.

Also whatever they plan to do is going to make the situation better for them and worse for you. Better to fight it out, even against terrible odds, on the sidewalk or in this case in your office than decide to fight when you are tied up in a closet in a shack or abandoned building in the middle of nowhere.  I sort of figure if a bad guy plans to maim/ kill me anyway then I have nowhere to go but up by fighting in that situation.

Of course having  weapon on you helps a lot. Still this guy did great. It wasn't pretty but he went from on the ground at gun point to having a gun and engaging the bad guys and as a prize got to live.


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Range Report 23 Aug 2015

Took my trusty Glock 19 out to the range today. For the first time I brought my phone with the handy shot timer app.

My primary focus was on 1 shot from holster (concealed). Had the par time set at 1.5.
Extreme low: 1.4
General cluster: 1.45-1.6
Extreme high: 2 flat

Notes: I kept them all within a normal piece of paper (8x11?) as my ghetto convenience vital zone at 7 yards. The overall times were a bit slower than dry fire but I think the actual mechanics of the shot are under represented in dry fire. Since I didn't get any outside of the paper maybe I didn't push speed enough.

Next I practiced shooting single hand both strong and weak. That went fine.

After that I decided to try 2 shots from holster (concealed). It seemed like a good way to incorporate recoil management/ reacquiring sight picture but still keep pushing the core point of the draw.
Extreme low: 1.8
General cluster: 1.85-2.1
Extreme high: 2.5

After that I shot at some (fat) man sized steel at 75 meters. Went 50/50 or a touch better. Not too bad. Honestly instead of taking pistol shots at 75 meters I'm probably just going to run away.

Shot some probably 4" steel at about 15 yards. Was very happy with the results. Lets say I have shot that same set up in the same place before and been very humbled. Today I went probably 2 hits to 1 miss. The misses were modest (low and hitting the frame). For me that is awesome.

After that I did some more 2 shot from the holster.

Closed out with a couple sets of 4 to the body 1 to the head. I smoked the body getting 4 shots in or very near the (ghetto convenience) vital zone inside 2.3. The head shots were both good but I was slow with them at a full second after the last body shot. Too slow. The accuracy was there with the first shot going in the right eye and the second a half inch up right between the eyes its just that they were slow. Will work on it.

Now I have some stuff to work on. Next time I am going to come back and push times for improvement,

Shooting is fun

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pocket Pistol Rules

A few months back I was able to have dinner with Chris and Heather. The topic of very small pocket sized handguns came up. They had recently purchased a pair of them, which they were judiciously carrying. He said more or less "be careful you might end up carrying one all the time [instead of a larger more potent pistol] as they are so convenient."

Well I purchased the LCP not too long ago. It is darn convenient. However I decided that I need some rules to limit when it is used as it's certainly not ideal for every situation.

-I carry the LCP in my immediate area as it is boringly safe. This covers most of my outings.

-I also carry the LCP in non permissive (socially if not legally) enviornments.

-When I go to the bigger town I carry the G19. Not that any violent confrontation is ideal but the G19 gives me a lot more capabilities should there be 2 or more Goblins trying to accost me. It also gives me a lot more range and more rounds if we get caught up in a mass shooter situation.

Do you have a pocket pistol? Under what circumstances do you carry it? When do you leave it behind (or as a BUG) in favor of a larger pistol.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Friday Randomness

As the weather gets better the chickens seem to be averaging an egg per- so 6 eggs a day. We are awash with eggs. Discussing this with Wifey, the master of household and culinary affairs, we are thinking about working a couple of egg n something meals into our dinner rotation. Eggs n hashbrowns, eggs n pancakes, that sort of thing. Since we already feed the chicks might as well use the eggs.

On a training note I just sent a goodly sized check to a man who is very experienced in the use of defensive/ tactical pistols. This is the weakest link in my combative/ personal defense situation. I tried to address it some time ago but things didn't work out. Anyway now I'm trying to make this training goal happen. In terms of pistol stuff honestly I am not a total newb but far from where I want to be. Not saying I completely suck but the weakest link is such all the same. While I have some ammo stashed I hope things will work out so I can get a fresh case of 9mm to take out there.

Also I spent a good chunk of time today sharpening my knives. Got to have the EDC working well.

Anyway that is what's going on here today.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Kahr is Gone, The Kahr is Gone Away.

Sold my Kahr CW9 today. The S&W 642 is also on dangerous ground waiting for the right sale or trade. If things go right it will be gone inside the week. A couple of things drove that decision.

Primarily I have gotten back to packing around my Glock 19 a whole lot more. How did I do this? Well I had to get some new pants. A couple pair of my pants were just plain worn out. So when I replaced them I bought pants 2 inches bigger around than I am around. Actually brought my Glock to the store when I purchased them to try them on with it. After that I went into the closet and threw out my shirts that were not sufficiently sized to let me wear the Glock 19 at 3 o'clock discretely. That combined with my blade tech belt and Bianchi professional 100 and I'm back to packing the G19 a lot.

So how does this relate to the Kahr? Well given these, not entirely insignificant accommodations the concealability of my Glock 19 is not very different from the Kahr CW9.  Since they fall into the same general footprint if I could carry one I could carry the other. Why would I carry a gun with half the bullets that I do not shoot as well? Meister was right to carry a bigger gun and dress around it a little bit. Still there are some situations where you just can't carry that much of a pistol. Or maybe you are running to the corner store for milk in a sleepy, safe area. Or it is August in Louisiana and 100 degrees with sauna like humidity and blazing sun. A smaller gun does have a role.

Looking hard at getting a pocket sized .380. It is true this is another caliber but it is the quint essential carry a lot, shoot a little gun. The kind of gun where you get 4 or so mags, 150 or so rounds of good JHP ammo, 250 rounds of FMJ for practice and call it good.

Specifically I am looking at the Ruger LCP. The price difference between them and the Kel Tec is negligible and well, Ruger makes better guns than Kel Tec. Also Kel Tec's business model of making guns with an enormous lemon rate and offering a lifetime warranty knowing they sell a price point gun to people who, on average shoot very little bothers me. A defensive firearm should work out of the box, not after being sent back to the factory twice, you doing an internal polish job and racking the slide 10,000 times to smooth out all the manufacturing mistakes. It would take a lot to convince me that Kel Tec guns to a professional standard with any consistence. I know some KT's work but many do not. Also KT's seem to have gone up in price considerably. The difference between a Kel Tec P3AT and a Ruger LCP in my AO is about $50. That is the price of a decent bottle of Scotch or a meal out for the family. If it was $100+ that would be a different discussion but for such a small difference I see no reason to settle, especially since I have the money.

So those are my thoughts on that. What do you think? Personal experiences with the Ruger LCP?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Quote of the Day and Video

"I never planned on getting in a gun fight. I'm the first one to tell you that anyone who does involve them self in a gun fight usually made a mistake somewhere along the line."
-Bob Stash,
Lieutenant Chicago PD

The lessons of this interview are worthwhile. In his first shooting Mr Stasch's partner dumped a cylinder of .45 long colt in the goblins chest then a couple rounds of .38 special. Mr Stasch put 2 rounds of .44 mag in his chest then went for the pelvis and hit low putting one in the thigh and another in the knee which dropped him. It was a total of 13 rounds most of which were big bore revolver rounds and the man didn't die for days. Mindset was key there. This is something I learned in another place but mentality is key. Have the mindset that if someone shoots you, you will shoot them, or cram that gun down their throat. This mentality and the unwillingness to quit is very important.

Training to shoot at close distances with one hand was my other big take away.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Carry Update, Life and the Scenario: 1k Cache Challenge at T Blog

Over the past several years I have pretty regularly blogged once a day. Recently I have not felt the need to write if nothing strikes my fancy or I am busy. Part of that is spending more time on my own fitness and preparations and just not forcing it when I am busy. Also I'm trying to focus more on quality. Would rather do 2 good posts, a 'what did you do to prepare' and an 'around the web' than 1 good post, 2 slapped together ones and a random thought. Sure I'll post a link or a quote or a cute little story if one jumps out at me but I am not going to push to make it happen.

Late last night I looked and the last time I had posted was Sunday. OOPS!!!

The Kangaroo carry holster showed up. It arrived 4 days or so after my order in a nice package. I put it on and it was comfortable. However unfortunately it did not work for me. With the horizontal method of carry used in the Kangaroo carry system I had two choices. 1) The holster is ready to grasp but prints. Not a little bit but definitely prints. Given that my concept of use for this holster is deep concealment for legal but less than permissive environments that is obviously a problem. 2) It is adjustable, highly so, to carry the pistol further around ( more armpit than pectoral) the body but that makes it harder to draw. My flexibility in getting a hand that deep to my weak side in a hurry is bad. Basically for me, while set way back, the Kangaroo carry might conceal a pistol the draw is pushing sun dial range pretty hard to the point where ankle carry looks good and sprinting back to my glove box doesn't seem like such a bad option.

The service was good and it was a nice product. I will not speak ill of them or their wares but this holster but it does not seem to work for me. The owner of this company seems to have pistols vanish with the holster but I've probably got 40 or 50 pounds on him. Maybe it is a build thing. I'm a decent sized guy who lifts weights and could maybe stand to lose a couple of pounds. [Am working on it and making measurable progress. Have 10 or maybe 15 to go.] The point is it ain't working. Thankfully they have a very liberal return policy which I plan to exercise. Again I do not have anything bad to say about those folks or their products; it just didn't work for me and as always YMMV.

TEOTWAWKI Blog threw out the Scenario: 1k Cache. A very interesting prospect. My first thought was, well my operational cache would be a darn good option.. However after looking at it even with pretty outdated prices and poor arithmetic there is no way that is a 1k cache.

My second thought is this is a pretty well thought out scenario. The topic is totally valid.  Caches are an incredibly valid topic  far too often talked about but not acted on in preparedness oriented crowds.

I thought about this for a couple days. Alexander's take on his ideal 1k cache is worth looking at. I do not entirely agree but he is a lot closer to right than wrong, at least within that concept of use. As to the dollar amount at first I thought it was an arbitrary, if conveniently round, dollar amount. Upon consideration I realized it was, while still conveniently round, a very valid dollar amount.

The reason it is a very valid dollar amount is that it is an amount that is both attainable and on the other hand meaningful. A grand is a reasonably attainable dollar amount for most people that, given some planning, they could realistically free up for an important purpose to secure their well being. For all but the lowest income people with some planning a a grand could be put back for an important reason.

I am not for a second saying anybody is a bad person because they genuinely can't throw real money at a cache. A guy with a stay at home wife and a couple little ones making 25 or 30 k probably can't throw a grand at a cache. That family are trying to keep a roof over their heads and food in bellies. If they are right minded and preparing I'm sure they are doing the best they can to work on that.

A grand is enough to have some options but not enough to get into unrealistic for most and almost silly "I'll stash a bug out bag, a few cases of MRE's, a tent, a couple glocks, three AR's plus a few dozen ounces of gold ready to go in my jeep territory,"

Will talk more about the cache discussion tomorrow or maybe in a few days the way I have been going lately. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

No New Guns; Just Different Concealment Methods?

Every once in awhile a post gets a comment that makes me realize something significant. The best of these are what Jim Rawles calls "blind flashes of the obvious". I had one of these last night. Was going back through recent posts and saw the number of comments on my Pocket Pistol post had increased by one. Alexander Wolfe of TEOTWAWKI Blog left a comment that was a blind flash of the obvious for me.
TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf said...
Snubbies are considered the classic pocket gun. With the right grips / stocks, they do pocket fairly well, though they are on the big side for that purpose.
I'd explore carry options, too--ankle carry, tuck-in holsters, belly bands, "ThunderWear' and similar are common options for less-permissive carry and would work well with the snubbie or the Kahr, while giving you better stopping power than a 380. 
Ryan says: Why the heck didn't I think of this? I'm rather disappointed with myself to be honest. I decided to pursue this course of action. It had a couple major benefits. First it is always smart to start with the easiest cheapest options which for carry are definitely holsters. I can try out a couple different 'deep concealment' type methods for a fraction of the cost of a new firearm. Second I could keep carrying one of my current weapons which means a more potent caliber as well as no further logistic complications.

Ordered a Kangaroo Carry Air Marshal 3 this morning. I am hoping it works well with the Kahr CW9. In due time you will hear more about this system and potentially others. If this works out in a way that I can postpone, maybe indefinitely, getting another small pistol that would be great.

What sort of system(s) do you use for deep concealment?

Edited to include: I don't know why some of the text is tabbed in. Tried to fix it but that didn't work. You'll have to deal.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Pocket Pistol?

Recently I realized that with minimal changes my Glock 19 can be carried in pretty much any situation where a single stack 9mm such as my Kahr CW9 will. Given that the Glock holds twice the bullets and is well, a Glock the answer is easy on that one. Also while slightly less comfortable the Glock is the right answer. For the last couple weeks my Kahr has just been sitting around at home.

Also I was recently in a situation where I wanted to carry a gun but it was a less than permissive environment. My Kahr just wouldn't cut it and neither would the J frame.

I needed a pocket pistol. The answer to that is pretty simple, get a pocket pistol. However that means another cartridge (.380) as the smallest 9mm's are probably a bit on the large side for a real pocket gun. Obviously mags, holsters, etc would be needed as well.

My current centerfire pistol battery consists of .38/.357, 9mm Glock and the Kahr. I stock stuff deep for the Glock and didn't really see the need to for the Kahr. A .380 would be the same way. Still this would be a complication.

I worked hard to streamline my logistical footprint in terms of different gun stuff. Having A pistol that doesn't fit the wider plan is in my mind not too bad but since it has a valid role AND I wouldn't be stocking stuff too deep for it that isn't a huge deal. However it is a slippery slope. Let in a second oddball and pretty soon there will be a complete mess of different guns in the safe. Also considering my recent Kahr/ Glock revelation the Kahr's continued role in my battery is at best uncertain. It is a solidly decent handgun but just not one I'm so sure I need.

So anyway I am thinking of selling the Kahr. Thankfully guns hold their value pretty well so worst case I'll lose a couple percentage points on the whole thing. I would use the proceeds to purchase a .380 pocket pistol.  Something in the Bodyguard/ P3AT/ LCP/ CW380 size range. Haven't really narrowed it down beyond that though. Then again, especially at the bottom end of the price range I could pick up a pocket pistol then see where the Kahr sits.

So I guess we'll do an informal poll:
Buy a pocket pistol?
Sell the Kahr?

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Dream and Maybe a Message...

Last night I woke up at 2am, totally awake and scared.

I was on some sort of a road trip alone, in a car I owned a few years ago. Was pulling into some little Podunk southern town and wanted food. The town was pretty quiet and hard scrabble, obviously low in economic status, but that is normal for many little towns in the middle of nowhere so I didn't think much of it. Pulled up to a house turned into some sort of diner/ sandwich shop to grab some food before continuing on.

I got in the door and was immediately braced by about 5 locals. They gathered around me and were talking about how they do not like different (clearly inferring non whites which didn't make much sense because I'm definitely a honky.) people or new ideas and how I'd better be a good customer at the restaurant then get back on the road. Thought things were going to go bad but they didn't. After saying their piece those guys broke off and went back to whatever they were doing.

Thought that was weird but went to get my food. It was like a redneck knock off subway but whatever. I ordered a sandwich with turkey and Swiss plus some chips. The gal who rung me up was Rachel from Justified but a few years younger, like early 20's. Thought that was odd, her being a black woman and the guys outside clearly being on team hate and all. Paid for my sandwich with cash. After Rachel took my money she dumped my sandwich into a trash can right by the register. I was a bit perplexed by this. She said "You ain't getting your money back so you'd best go."

I was confused and just wanted to leave. Somehow I got turned around in the place and went out a different door. I got outside and was in the back, not by my car. I walked around to my car and as soon as I turned the corner two of the guys who braced me before were waiting in ambush outside the door (I should have walked out of) with a wrench and some other impact weapon. They saw me and I took off running.

I was not carrying a gun despite there being a Glock and an AR in my vehicle.

The best plan I could come up with was to try and lose them then circle back to grab my guns and or car then leave or to just walk the heck out of there. As I got a block away it became apparent the whole town was empty except these guys. Amazing what you don't see when driving.

All of a sudden a bunch of them were chasing me on foot and in a couple vehicles. I was definitely cornered by a bunch of them. One came out front. He had a sort of weapon that looked like a long leaf spring was cut in half hotdog style and both ends were welded to a sword handle. Kind of a really nasty whip. He came at me with that. I figured I'd do my best but the odds were not good. Last thing I remember was him swinging it at me.

Woke up right then.

What was the message? I'd say consistent carry. Am already doing about as much of that as is possible but it is a darn good reminder. Note this could have been influenced by the trailer to the new Mad Max movie I saw recently.

What do you make of this?

Friday, January 2, 2015

Different Considerations for Preparedness

Peter's Advice to a Missouri Correspondent stuck in my head. I shared my thoughts then but there was something that didn't quite fit but was still meaningful. Peter mentioned warm clothes in terms of jackets and such.

What popped into my head was that for hanging out at home most people like comfortable clothes. In a cold house what you really want are warm comfortable clothes. Stuff like fleece pajama's, bathrobes, throw blankets (Peter mentioned these), hats and such. Thankfully as I noted in a recent post on Winter Clothing the cost of fleece has come down considerably in recent years. Something to think about if you are worried about having a colder than usual house in the near future.

Another consideration is carrying a weapon in your home. Of course if you wear the same pants from morning to when you go to bed it's not an issue but I like the option of  nice comfortable set of clothes at the end of the day. A nice light gun like a 642 or a little polymer .380 that can ride via a clip (or thin/ light holster) in your dress down clothes is a good option. Another option is a shoulder holster like the Galco Miami Classic which has the advantages of being a much more substantial gun and on board reload(s).

Do you have the clothes to be comfortable at home in temperatures above freezing but below comfortable?

Do you have a way to carry a gun at home that is comfortable enough you will actually use it consistently instead of disarming when you dress down for the evening?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

A Discussion of Single Stack 9mm Utility and Applications

Everyday Carry Solutions brought up 'The Case for the 9mm Micro Pistol' which I caught via Defensive Training Group.This is a discussion I wanted to have anyway so it seemed like as good of a time as any.

We talked about single stack 9mm's not too long ago. I also did a decent, if brief, round up of different single stack 9mm options. After considerable deliberation I ended up purchasing a Kahr CW9.

Those experiences as well as several years of very consistent carry are the foundation from which I write this post.

I do have a bone to pick with the Everyday Carry Solutions post. The categorization used thereon is solely focused on barrel length which is unnecessarily simplistic and thus inaccurate. By the barrel length only method of categorization the enormous Ruger Alaska with it's 2.5in barrel is a 'Micro Pistol'. That example, while obviously intentionally picked to make a point, illustrates the weakness of this method. I would humbly submit that height (bottom of grip to top of gun) as well as width definitely matter and weight is a consideration also. Additionally since these guns tend to be carried inside the waistband an extra half inch of barrel is probably not an issue. Generally speaking height makes a gun print more and thickness (width) makes it harder to carry comfortably without purposefully buying clothes to do so.

The weakness of the method used by EDC Solutions is that some of the guns shown in the photo with the article are actually taller and thus by one dimension harder to conceal than the G26.

Personally I would say all the guns being discussed here are in the subcompact range. To me it breaks down about like this:
Full sized- Service pistols like the Glock 17 and S&W Model 19. 4-5in barrels and grips that extend below the average sized hand giving enough room to comfortably connect with the off hand in a normal grip.
Compact- Glock 19 and similarly sized weapons. Grip fills average sized hand though off hand probably does not have purchase. Roughly 3.5-4in barrels
Subcompact-The S&W Shield and my Kahr CW9 are pushing the top end of the size range pretty hard on the top end. Average sized hand will have partial pinky contact on this end. G26 and J frames are pretty standard.On the bottom end I arbitrarily cut off around the Kahr CM/ PM 9, and Sig P290. These guns are generally considered not small enough to pocket carry at the top end but work into it when we get to J frame and smaller. The Sig P238/938 is kind of on the fence for the bottom end of this category and the top of the next.
Tiny- These range from your little .380's like the Kel Tech P3AT, Kahr P380 through the Beretta Mouse guns in .22-.32 all the way down to the uuber tiny NAA revolvers. These are guns you could put in a shirt pocket and forget about.

Anyway now that my slightly different take on the matter from that otherwise excellent article is covered let us get back to the topic of the single stack 9mm.

The combination of modern engineering/ materials with the rise of concealed carry laws across the US have made for an explosion of new guns in the subcompact to tiny range.

The most obvious application for the single stack 9mm in the subcompact size range is concealed carry. One must do their own risk assessment but I think an 8-9rd 9mm is going to be plenty for most scenarios.

I'm not in love with these for home defense weapons due to round capacity and the inability (except oddly the Kel Tech PF9) to mount a light. As such for the 'one tool' spiral I don't favor these pistols. That being said one could make an argument for a handgun they WILL carry and the larger guns in this range like the Kahr CW9 and S&W Shield are large enough to manipulate in a reasonable manner.

For a back up type weapon there could be options, especially when we get to the J frame to Kahr PM/CM 9 size range. Personally I rarely carry 2 pistols but I guess the option could be useful for some.

Anyway I think that about wraps it up. Thoughts?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tueler Drill Revisited and AMERC's Thought on Condition Three Carry

AMERC talks the Tueler Drill. I spoke about the Tueler Drill and it's various associated misconceptions some time ago. To rehash the major take away is not knife vs gun but action vs reaction. Before getting to the main point of condition three (empty chamber, loaded mag) carry we should hit a key point. At the initial jump action has an advantage, every single time. There is a reason the person who swings first wins the majority, probably the vast majority, of fights.

The way around this is to use your understanding of the dynamics of personal violence and crime to act appropriately. This is, within reason, probably more important than sheer draw (or whatever other movement) speed. Let me explain with a hypothetical scenario as fought through by two people.

Scenario: Walking out of a grocery store at 10pm on a week night. In the dark parking lot two individuals approach you and go for the classic talk to close distance 'can I bum a light/ get a jump, etc all'. They intend to rob you and are armed.

[I made them both LEO's not because it really matters but to even out the potential argument that a cop will act more aggressively since they are dripping qualified immunity. Just makes for an easier scenario to explain Old Guy's situational awareness without the immunity argument.]

Timmy Tactical is a young LEO in his mid to late 20's and a competitive shooter. He is in good shape and works out regularly. He is part of the small departments part time SWAT team and goes to a variety of different shooting/ tactical type classes for work and on his own time. Timmy carries a Glock 23 off duty and can draw it from concealment (Kydex IWB holster with open cover garment) in 1.7 seconds.

Bob is an older LEO. He started in patrol, spent a few years doing drug stuff then went to robbery. Bob is now in the last couple years of his career training young officers in the finer points of filling out various administrative documents. It is a simple job and he likes it that way. Bob has never been a big shooter. He goes to the range bi monthly at work and once or twice a year with his now young adult children. Bob has a bad back and knee from various injuries which are compounded by being 50 pounds overweight. Bob carries a Model 60 stainless steel S&W J Frame .357 in a pocket holster. During the summer that holster goes in his Levi's pocket and in the fall/ winter in the pocket of his jacket. His draws are in the 4 second range.

Let us run Timmy Tactical through this scenario. Timmy might or might not see what is happening and the bad guys might or might not peg him for having a piece or being a cop. However since Timmy is thinking more about the girl he met the other night and his new copy of "Sh&t to Bolt on a Piccany Rail Magazine" than the parking lot lets say the robbery goes down. Around cigarette time Timmy draws. It was touch and go but the guys ran instead of getting into a fight.

Bob has all the usual thoughts but is pretty decent at shutting the off during more dangerous times like moving from a store to his truck in a dark parking lot at night. When he sees the two guys 50 feet away Bobs hand went into his jacket. He didn't know these guys but knew enough like them to have a fair guess what might be happening. Thirty feet away Bobs hand came out of his pocket with the .357. Suddenly our two bad guys had something else to do.

The point I am trying to make is that despite Timmy being able to draw a full 1.3 seconds faster than Bob, that Bob drew 5 seconds earlier meant he was in a much better place and avoided a fight all together. One could argue a weekend worth of South Narc combined with a little bit of research on criminal behavior in your AO and paying attention are more important than pure gun handling.

To speak tacticool if you PWN Observe, Orient and Decide you have a lot of space to develop the Act part. Conversely all the Act in the world will not make up for waiting too long to get going. 

So I do agree that situational awareness is, within reason, more important than the specific gun you are carrying or the holster it is in.

Now to the discussion of not chambering a round in your handgun. Here are some of AMERC's thoughts, and here are some more

Without arguing we can look at two facts of empty chamber carry that are both negative:
-Your time to draw and prepare to fire the weapon WILL BE SLOWER. Simply put you are adding an additional movement at some point between grasping the firearm and being ready to fire. Adding the additional movement of racking the slide to the draw means it will take more time than simply drawing the firearm.

-Second and more concerning to me you need two hands to rack the slide of a firearm. Carrying a handgun loaded and ready to go you could in theory have one hand occupied but still draw and employ your firearm. Carrying a semi loaded firearm you need two hands to get it into play. Sure one can try to snag the sight on a belt or something and rack it one handed but A) that is a fairly advanced maneuver designed as a last ditch option and B) it is still another motion. [Additionally there is the subjective C) that the population carrying a handgun without a round in the chamber are probably not the kind who will get special higher metal sights put on their handgun and practice the ole snag the slide to rack the slide thing a lot.]

On the subjective side I will humbly submit that if there is a well recognized legitimate defensive firearm instructor of the .mil/ LEO or serious (vs mandatory CCW class type stuff) defensive instructor who recommends carrying your handgun with an empty chamber I have not heard of them.

My opinion is that as a general rule if you are not comfortable carrying a pistol with a round in the chamber you either need to get a different gun, a different holster or some training (or maybe all 3). Some folks psychologically need a physically accessible safety to be comfortable actually carrying their gun loaded. If that is what folks like then I say rock on.

To combat the finger F then the gun goes boom problem I would get a holster with positive retention (thumb strap most likely, you can get them on IWB holsters) then keep the gun in it. Take the gun off, in its holster then put it away. Take it out, put it on and repeat as needed.

The exception I can see to this is some sort of carry where the trigger is arguably exposed, either to being obstructed or unintentionally touched. The odd time you end up slipping a handgun into a back pocket or off body carry like a backpack is what I am thinking about. With anything short of a DA revolver, which ain't gonna fire by accident, I would keep the chamber empty for these odd events.

Additionally the defensive weapons I store ready to go do not have their chambers loaded. My G19 sits on a shelf in the Home Defender. Since it wouldn't work to keep it in the holster I have chosen there I keep the chamber empty. When I take it out I rack the slide and either go check on whatever or put it in the holster. Honestly of I need that extra quarter second in the bedroom I'm probably hosed anyway.

So that is what I think of that. Thoughts?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Single Stack 9mm Winner Is..................

The Kahr CW9. There has been a lot of discussion about this. I have spent tons of time watching and reading reviews as well as combing over data points on different handguns.

So why this one?

As to caliber- I did  consider a .380 but given the proliferation of decent to good single stack 9mm's into the Walther PPK size range that used to be .380 domain something like a PPK or a Bersa did not make a ton of sense. The micro (KT P3AT, S&W Body Guard, Kahr P/C 380, etc) sized .380's are, aside from being chambered in .380 not typically guns most people shoot real well. I see them more as a non permissive environment/ deep carry type gun than a regular all the time carry piece.

Since the option was available I chose 9mm because it is a cartridge already on inventory and sufficiently potent for the task at hand.

As to size- This is about as small of a handgun as I can really get a good grip on. For shorter pistols you can get larger extended mags but the idea of getting one knowing you will use an extended mag all the time is kinda missing the point.

Quite a lot of guns fall really close to the specs of this one. The Kel Tek PF9 is very close though slightly (.88 to .9) thinner and considerably lighter (12 ounces to 15.8). The Shield is little bit thicker at .95 (due to a more curved grip vs the slab side Gen 1 Glock like Kahr. Both of these guns have 3in or close barrels while the Kahr has a 3.5in. Of all the ways I was going to be going the guns were really close in dimensions.

Why Kahr?- The three guns that showed real promise were the Kel Tek PF9, the S&W Shield and the Kahr CW9 (CM9). For the Kel Tek the lemon rate comparable to a bad used car lot was a real problem. In my mind the Kel Tek PF 9 is a price point gun. Given the modest difference between it and other offerings (a hundred bucks or a bit more) I pretty much eliminated it as an option. That is a shame because it manages to be very nice in the hand while still being a smaller package than the other options.

As to the Kahr vs Shield that is a more complicated conversation. I prefer the grip angle as well as ergonomics and controls of the Kahr; probably because they are very Glock like. Could give or take the Shield safety but do not like the big take down lever and am not in love with the trigger.

Kahr's QA/QC is not quite up to the level of S&W and they produce some guns that have issues. However worst case once those issues are addressed they seem to be good guns. This somewhat higher than it should be lemon rate [Though still probably better than Kel Tek which is probably better than Diamondback which is probably better than Jimenez Arms.] was initially off putting to me. However I realized that this isn't my first/ only handgun. Heck it isn't my first/ only CCW type handgun. I'll do some shooting and if it has issues get it fixed.

Also I could get a CW9 today for $50 less than an M&P Shield.

So far I am pleased with the purchase. Fit and finish are great and it is a a pretty little gun, well at least as pretty as a polymer striker fired pistol can be. It carries very well.

I hope to take it shooting tomorrow to make sure the thing goes bang.

So that ends the quest of the week. Maybe this winter I'll be in the market for a little .380.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Single Stack 9mm Rabbit Hole, General CCW and Random Thoughts

I talked a good bit about this recently and it has been on my mind for awhile. Recently I came to a realization on the topic. The type of firearm dimensions I am talking simply do not support the concept of use I had in mind. The combination of enough grip (height) to handle decently yet quite short to theoretically allow pocket carry in 9mm from a company that builds to a decently professional standard is a bridge too far. Granted it isn't looking for a 20 round 10mm the size of a Beretta .22 Bobcat but it's still a bit too aggressive all the same.

The truth in the back of my head that it took some time for me to admit is that I have actually been talking about two pistols. The first pistol is a single stack 9mm with enough grip to get a decent grip and thus be reasonably accurate. Rough stats would be about a 3in barrel and height over 4 in but under 5, probably in the 4.5in range. Weight dictates a polymer frame and anything in that class is plenty light. The second pistol is a tiny pocket sized .380 acp. Something in the Kahr P380/ S&W Bodyguard W/O laser/ Kel Tek P3AT size range.

I then stumbled into the 'what to buy first' train of thought. After looking at both options I took a deep breath and got back to my original intent. My original intent was to acquire a thin subcompact (if narrowly) single stack 9mm that would be comfortable to carry IWB and be more accurate with a higher round count than the S&W 642.

So it is pretty apparent to me the 9mm needs to come first and potentially down the road maybe a .380 will come into play.

So where does that leave me? The Kahr CW9 is a viable option though it's Shield sized. Of the two I prefer the Shield. The Kel Tek fits well in my hand and is a nice balance of size but well I would be lying if I said Kel Tek makes consistently reliable guns to a profession standard. Certainly some of them work, Archer Garret loves his F9 and P3AT. However I do not feel like rolling the lemon dice, especially since I have the additional $50-100 to buy a well built weapon with a nominal couple percentage point dud rate (that exists with any good product it is just life).

Anyway I am looking hard at the Shield. Honestly all roads seem to keep coming back there anyway. I really wanted one maybe two years ago but they were brand new, untested which concerned me and unobtanium. Fast forward a couple years and whatever minor issues existed then have long been addressed. Availability is pretty much full and correspondingly prices are down a little bit. Seems like a good time to snag one.

So that is where I am with this today. I'm leaning hard towards the Shield though I might just get a .380 or bin the whole damn thing due to confusion.

What do you think?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Single Stack Compact 9mm Round Up

I do not mean this to be comprehensive. Instead it is going to be a brief and totally subjective view on some of the single stack 9mm's out there. For background I have been anecdotally in that market for awhile and recently put away the cash to do it so the looking has gotten serious.

-Beretta Nano. Very small but odd looking. Does not feel good in my hand.

-Sig 938. Has a lot to offer but a $700+ subcompact 9mm carry piece is a hard sell for me in a land full of very good $300-450 options.

-S&W Shield. Definitely the big boy on the block. Aside from initial minor issues which exist in all guns it's reputation is rock solid including some serious shooters. Feels good in my hand. Cost is pretty fair at around 4 bills. The downside is that for me it is a little big. Honestly I think it handles more like a very thin compact single stack 9mm than a subcompact. Probably the perfect IWB solution for a lot of people but I am not sure that I am one of them.

-Kahr CW9. Basically the same dimensions as the Shield. Ever so slightly thinner (than the Shield) due to a flat grip. Basically it is a single stack rendition of a Gen 1 Glock 19 (actually it is 4.5 in tall while the G19 is 4.9 but I digress).

-Kahr CM9. Basically a single stack G26.

As of right now I am mulling hard on a Kahr CM9. The grip is definitely a 2  finger job but you can get extensions if that is desired. Personally, without getting into specifics, I think for small guns it is better to have a shorter frame and add a longer mag/ mag extension when you want. A lot more versatile to slap in a +1 mag which has room for the pinky when you need to than to try and make a bigger gun fit a smaller role

Or honestly I am seriously just considering buying a little .380 either a Kahr or an S&W Bodyguard (w/o laser).

Am open to your thoughts and experiences on the subject. Comments that do not apply to the post such as 'Carry a 1911/ Glock 17 every day' or 'buy a J frame' will be ignored. What do you think?

Monday, August 25, 2014

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

We picked up a large Coleman family sized car camping type tent

I am actively shopping for a single stack 9mm pistol

Over the last week or two I have been refocusing on physical fitness and
diet. Let a few pounds slip on and now it is time to eat less and move more
to lose them.

What did you do to prepare this week?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Family Tent, Single Stack 9mm's and a Saturday Night ER Trip

Awhile back our larger tent finally kicked the bucket. Since, IIRC, my Dad bought it for me as a Freshmen in highschool it stopped owing us anything years ago but it still left a vacuum. Also honestly we needed a bigger tent. The one I had technically slept three which actually means it sleeps two unless 2 of the 3 are small children or all three are very intimately close.

Walker has been asking about it and since the budget was looking OK this month we decided to go get a tent. So we went to Academy in the nearest decent sized town and walked down to the tent aisle. Ended up with a big ole Coleman. Honestly it is a bit bigger than we want/ need but there is sort of a size gap in options and we'd rather be on the big end. It is like 12x7. Definitely a car or other mode of conveyance type tent.

We set it up in the living room so kiddo and I can sleep in it. Honestly sleeping outside when the low is 80 or so sucks so we are doing it inside.

On the door of the tent there is about an 8 inch lip at the bottom. Walker tripped on it and slammed his face into the floor biting his lip pretty bad in the process. Of course there was some blood and lots of crying. His sister joined in with some sympathy crying for good measure.

We got him cleaned up and the cut was pretty good, solidly in the 'maybe it needs stitches' range. So we hopped in the family hauler and went off to the ER. Just what everyone wants to do at 6pm on a Saturday. The injury was more in the 'urgent care' range but with our medical coverage it is ER, a few rare same day appointments (M-F of course) or waiting several days to a month for an appointment. Consequently in addition to relatively minor issues like Walkers there are always lots of moms with kids who have the snivels.

I dropped Wifey and Walker off then went to do a couple things with Princess.

Walker got checked out and the verdict was since the deep cut is inside his mouth (vs the lip) they would not do stitches due to infection concerns (and I think the mouth cures pretty well plus a scar there is not an issue).  The advice was to feed him lots of popsicles and keep an eye on it.

We had a quick drive thru dinner on the way back. After getting home we let him watch a tv show then it was bed time. Read stories in the tent and he passed out shortly after.

I have been doing some more thinking and research on Single Stack 9mm's. I have been looking at the S&W Shield for awhile but recently came to a revelation. I think the Shield is a tiny bit too big to really be a meaningful difference from other guns on the inventory.

The Shield is 4.5in tall which for reference is roughly in the middle between a Glock 26 (4.1in) and a Glock 19 (4.99in). Honestly (and interestingly my initial observation from the first time I handled it) the Shield is sort of closer to a single stack COMPACT pistol in terms of height and grip length than a true subcompact.

As I have learned with small guns you can always get a bit more grip (and usually an extra round) with a mag extension but if you want a gun to be smaller, to say fit in a pocket, you cannot remove a half inch off the grip of a larger handgun.
Now I want to get my hands on a couple other guns to see if they might better suit my needs.

Going to read some junk on the net, watch a bit more TV then go to sleep in a tent that's in my living room.

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