"To be honest, being young and stupid as I was I shouldn't have made it this far."
Great handguns and holsters. I enjoy carrying Detective Special's my favorite holsters for the cobra and det. spl. are from Alessi. The hammer cover has pull through snaps. That is an outstanding feature that I really like. The Cobra is in the owb holster the Detective Special in the iwb Lately I have been carrying the Cobra nice lightweight 6 shooter
My Father passed away when I was sixteen years old. He had a bad heart valve. After that ordeal I never thought I would live past my thirties. When I was young,dumb and full of C*m. I made damn sure I had a good time. Plus I was plenty stupid. However it was fun.
I have been shot a couple times looking back I did plenty of stupid things. Sometimes I wonder how I made it into my forties. From time to time I have to tell my buddies that I grew up with to shut up around my children. And keep the stories between us.
For 1911's I like this owb holster. As long as I use a good stiff holster belt this holster works great.
My 1911 is my favorite carry piece. I always carry mine with a round up, hammer back and the thumb safety in place.
I'm comfortable carrying this way because of the additional grip safety.
Prior to Colt's 80 series there was an issue if the pistol fell with the hammer back a round could discharge. No more
I used to carry a Kimber compact CDP this way, in an Alessi talon holster. I switched not due to safety concerns of cocked and locked, but because I couldn't get some of my family to be clear on how my single action cocked and locked firearms were different from my double action firearms.
I didn't want to be down or unavailable and have them pick up my firearm in a crisis, and not know about the safety or need to be cocked on one and not the other - so I switched everything to DA on the first shot (whether striker fired or Sig and Beretta DA/SA with hammer down). Now if there is a fight they can pick it up and pull the trigger without thinking about what kind of firearm they have.
But that still leaves the issue of them getting confused after the fight, with my Sig 229 and the hammer de-cocking lever, my Beretta DA/SA 21A with thumb safety and hammer, or my FNS-9 with striker and thumb safety. So those are usually locked up and I only carry my Glock, Kahr, Sig P365, or a revolver.
The reasons you mentioned about handgun operation. Around my home I use the KISS theory. Everyone of my family members knows how to use a revolver. that is the handgun of choice for them. Hey if something would to ever happen “God forbid” at least they know how to operate the handgun and are proficient shooting them.
Pistols are another ballgame safety’s, de cockers, de cocker only and such leave a lot to be desired for someone that does not know or understand the functions and operation of the firearm. It complicates the sitsuation.
Like I said, all my carry guns are the ones around the house that they can access, and they are all DA first shot - either striker fired Glock, Kahr, Sig P365 or a revolver such as my 360 PD or S&W 637. No safety or de-cocker to deal with, that's to KISS, and why I got rid of my SA pistols like 1911 models. They all know how to shoot a DA pistol or revolver.
I keep the Sig and Beretta and FNS-9 hidden away and unloaded, but if they needed to use them at least they are all DA first shot, so the main concern would be how they would make them safe after the shooting is over (de-cock or thumb safety). I ask them to always keep their finger out of the trigger guard when not shooting.
Sounds like we are brothers. Due to various family health issues, I didn't expect to make it to 40, at least in any way of a good life. So I compressed a whole life into a very short time. It was a hell of a time and alot of fun, though at many points (usually after the fact), I paused and thought...whoa that was stupid. Anyway, now I am well past that point and beginning to suffer those family issues, so I am very very glad to have experienced what I did and still be here, as from now til the day I die I have a full storybook to look back on and smile (and shake my head). I sometimes wish I had more pictures, but then again maybe its better not to have evidence.....
Yes - Have a few in the safe...HK P2000, Ruger Single Six, Remington 1187 Police, Marlin 39, 30.06...
Safeties on a weapon are double edged sword I would.
Have the experience of “getting it on” and mates more than once forgot about the safety thought their weapon was malfunctioning. Scary stuff when all you need is a flick of a lever and you panicked. Not enjoyable. That is why a prefer Glock as a sidearm.
I just got my Springfield Armory XD 9mm. California makes getting a firearm a lengthy and somewhat cumbersome process. Fortunately I found a dealer that did a great job of walking me through the process.
Ooooh, show and tell. I'll play.
There's an argument that unless you've experienced being shot at then maybe you shouldn't carry a gun.
I don't necessarily agree with that, but I vividly remember the first time I was fired on. Viet Nam 1969.
Firing at a person is so much different that firing at a target. God forbid you need to use your gun - Shoot to Kill!
Speaking for myself I feel double action revolvers are the best choice for my family members to use to protect our loved ones and home. My choice in DA revolvers is the S&W K frame stoked with 38spl wad cutters. Up close the 38spl will do the job it’s intended to do which is stop the aggressors.
Pistols for an inexperienced shooter is not a good choice IMHO. Even though DA pistols can really complicate matters. Things like the magazine may be fully loaded.
However, is a round in the tube/chamber? Under high stress situations even the magazine release may be depressed. Then all bets are off I try to keep things simple. From time to time I may leave an unattended pistol with a full magazine and no round in the chamber. But I always safety check a firearm to find out if it’s loaded or not.
We all have different thoughts on how to best protect our loved ones. Or at the very least give them the tools to protect them self. I would much rather have them dial 911 and not have to resort to firearms for protection. Sometimes that may not be possible. Training is key several times per year we all go out to our family range for safe firearms handling and target shooting.
Have not really shot since getting out of the Navy 25+ years ago. Had a blast shooting with friends yesterday.
Respectfully, I disagree 100%. Calling 911 is a death sentence. An hour to arrive means your dead by 55 minutes. It is ALL about self preservation. Police are only obligated to write the report. In the US, the supreme court has validated that police have no obligation to protect your life (or even tell you the truth). It is up to YOU, and your loved ones to protect themselves...primarily by avoiding the situation in the first place, but when your back is against the wall, you better have the ability to fight fiercely than call police. In the end, let them hear your side, not the dead rapist or murderer.
Training at a gun range for safe handling? Are you kidding?
What might be considered "Old School" thought is bad guys are everywhere, but the fact is it is true. Are you going to lay down and call police, or are you going to do what is morally, ethically just in protecting yourself, your family, and your community? What is more worthy? The below is NOT old school thought. It is REAL WORLD thought.
This may be the most important post I've ever put out, period.
Lessons from life about self protection:
You cannot claim the value of something if you are not willing to defend it.
“Make decisions now, even if it is for the future. A decision reviewed is better than one reached at the last minute” – William Given Jr
You cannot surrender your way to safety.
Any unarmed combat technique requires years of practice and discipline to have a chance of being employed successfully, and is therefore irrelevant when it comes to the self defense of the average citizen.
“They that are on their guard and ready to receive their adversaries are in much less danger of being attacked” – Benjamin Franklin
A commonly held view today is that there is no such thing as a totally bad person. I’m here to tell you different. Not only are there totally bad people, there are more around than you think. Many are just plain evil due to the wiring in their brain. Some have no boundaries. Some have internal boundaries but may be crossed at any moment due to their lack of control. Therefore, you WILL NOT be able to tell the difference between a temporarily angry person and a seasoned killer.
Know that some people are just wired differently…“I would do the same thing again knowing that death row is waiting for me” – convicted murderer Jack Trawick
Once you have accepted the fact that there are bad people in the world, you must further accept that nothing justifies their actions.
There is no nice way to have a fight, so don’t try to be nice.
“It is fatal to enter a war without the will to win it” – Douglas McArthur
There are not 50 ways to fight. There is only one, and that is to win.
Fighting effectively means that you are able to inflict a level of injury on your opponent that he is no longer physically able to continue the battle. It means doing some really extreme things….severe blood loss, unconsciousness, major bone injury. It doesn’t mean whacking him once, but enough till he is permanently no longer a threat. Temporarily disabling an attacker is unreliable and will get you killed.
Using deadly force against another person is not a pleasant experience but this is not a time to consider your core values, for the criminal has already made his decision and will stick by it. The hardened criminal does not wrestle with a moral dilemma. He has made up his mind on the issue, and you need to do the same if you want to survive.
Your attacker is willing to do what it takes. There are no ethical lines in a fight for your life.
Surviving is the only goal in a fight for your life. You owe it to yourself, your family, your community.
Nearly all weapons require training and expertise, and then only have limited effect. For the average person, a gun is the only reasonable weapon to use in a life fight. Martial arts can be outforced, bats are unwieldy, mace is unreliable, knives require closeness and contact. A bullet has a surprising impact on the body, more than any other weapon can do quickly or effectively.
Allowing yourself to get a little hurt will only get you killed.
When faced with a deadly encounter, denial of reality will get you killed.
Whatever happens, do not quit. No politician, no policeman, no saving grace is there to help you. It’s just you and him. Who deserves to win?
“When force is necessary, it must be applied boldly, decisively, and completely” – Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary
Think! Be ready to defend yourself but do not provoke a confrontation. If you can see it coming, get out of the way. Don’t hang around to get killed….retreat is an option! Distance diffuses opportunity.
Plenty of real truths in the above post, but this is maybe the most real...Shoot to Kill!
The discussion about carrying a gun can certainly invoke very strong feelings. Therefore I only speak for myself. I am now retired from my primary profession, but when I was working, it included 22 years as a principal firearms instructor for a federal law enforcement agency. I have been carrying one (or more) guns more or less every day for the last 39 years. My preferred method of carry has always been strong side carry in either a belt slide holster or a paddle holster when possible. These days I prefer a kydex paddle holster. In those situations where that is impractical I resort to either an ankle holster or (less preferred) a pocket holster. I've never used an IWB holster. These choices have evolved over time as my mode of dress (suit and sport coats) and the size and weight of the weapons I've carried has changed. Today for my trip to the bank and the hardware store it is an ankle holster.
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