Tactical Target Analysis
Top target: shooting too slow or to
When choosing a concealed carry handgun, most features apply to both a semi-auto and revolver, such as , how does it fit and feel in your hand, however, some considerations apply to just semi-autos.
How easy is it to rack (pull back and release) the slide? Some have very tight slide springs which may be difficult for those with limited grip and wrist strength.
How easy is it to load the magazine? Some can be loaded by hand, others require a magazine loader. (Some guns with high capacity magazines come with a loader.)
In the last newsletter we mentioned the pros and cons of a laser for your gun. Just wanted to add another pro: Intimidation; when the bad guy sees a red dot on his chest he tends to give up quickly.
If you like the idea of a laser, Smith & Wesson has a .38 Special revolver and a .380 semi-auto with an integrated laser.
As you know, barrel length affects accuracy, it also affects muzzle energy.
Example: a .38 Spcl. Federal 125 gr. Hydra-shok from a 2" barrel has a
velocity of 700 feet per second, out of a 5" barrel, 1029 fps or an increase of
One nice addition to your range bag is a devise to measure distance. For indoor ranges an ultrasonic range finder should be fine, usually available at building supply stores, cost is about $25. For longer distances a laser range finder is a good choice, cost is $150-$250.
Tip: Before pressing the button on a range finder, guess the distance, soon you may not need a range finder.
Media tidbit: Has any
reporter editor at the Denver Post ever fired a gun?
Historical tidbit: Concealed carry in the old west: We usually think of the classic gun belt but pocket holsters and shoulder holsters were often used for a back up gun or for covert protection in towns where guns were not allowed. "Doc" Holliday was said to favor a shoulder holster or a pocket sewn to the inside of a vest because of the faster draw while seated at a card table.