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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pittsburgh, PA 2B
Re: Smal CC gun
north american arms makes a 5 shot 22mag pocket pistol that is nothing to shake a stick at. when my buddy showed it to me i thought "yeah right..that thing won't get the velocity necessary to make a difference" but to be BRUTALLY honest, the CCI MaxiMag+V's explode watermelons. They will completely penetrate a whole 12" watermelon from end to end and strike the plywoood behind it with authority.
in the end, there are 2 thoughts on a carry gun. In that brief instant a situation goes from elevated risk level to defcon 5, the perp isn't going to notice whether the hole in the end of the barrel is a quarter inch or a half inch. If it goes bang, and it has the ability to shut them down, then it's suitable. If it is easily concealable, but even MORE important it must be retrievable.
Here's a quick story about a pocket gun and how it did not help to have a gun.
I was working at McD on rt 65 on the closing shift in bellevue about 10 years ago or so. Fred, my night manager (short black man, very stocky, level headed ex marine) was confronted by a man in the parking lot who tried to come thru the drive thru window. Fred got the guy to calm down a bit and everyone went about their business. 20 mins later, Fred was walking the lot, doing the pre-close checklist and cleaning the lot. previous dude approaches fred and they get into it verbally. then dude gets ticked off, reaches into his pocket and says he's gonna shoot fred. the next instant, fred grabbed dudes hand (which is in his pocket fumbling for the pistol) and fred clamped the guys hand with his own, holding his wrist and the top of his jeans. the guy could not get his hand back out of his pocket, and fred OBLITERATED the guys face with his free hand. I've NEVER seen such fury but the guy had no chance. had he successfully pulled the gun from his pocket this would have ended differently. with one quick easy move, the pocket gun was removed from the equation. This one event shaped my thoughts on "pocket carry" weapons forever. I'd sooner carry a wallet holster than a front pocket carry,PERIOD. fumbling in your trousers for a pistol is not the way to meet your maker. use a holster, or maybe even a back pocket carry holster (i think they are called wallet holsters) and make sure you can get to your weapon faster than the guy can get to you. if you have any doubt at all if this can be done, get one of the kids toy guns, and let your buddy run at you as fast as he can while you try to retreive your weapon and put it in a firing position. It ain't easy man...not even close.
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