Why you need a pocket gun

Yes, I know, bigger is better right? Well not necessarily when it come to firearms. It’s been said that the best gun is the one you will use and that’s true. Your AR-15 sitting in your gun safe at home won’t do you any good during a car jacking. Your Glock 17 won’t do you much good under the seat of your car during a church shooting. Working in a gun store/range I hear people say some crazy things, but the most glaring to me is those who take our permit class, but say they really don’t plan to carry a gun, they just want it ‘just in case.’ Really? Here in TN you can possess a firearm and/or carry it in your car without a permit, so if you’re not going to carry what’s the point? (Check your State Gun Laws here.)

Lot’s of excuses: bulky, uncomfortable, too much of a hassle or even fear of an accidental discharge. First of all, if you’re worrying about firing ‘accidentally’ you need more training and practice. Carrying a firearm is serious business, but it isn’t dangerous if you obtain good training and practice regularly. I open carry at work (its part of the job) but the rest of the time I carry concealed as I don’t think it’s necessarily a good idea to advertise. Picking the right gun (or guns) to carry concealed will be determined by several factors primarily your size and type of clothing. Face it; it’s hard to conceal a full size auto in 90 degree heat. Enter the lowly pocket gun.

LCPII Target

Pocket guns, sometime referred to as ‘get off me guns’ clearly don’t pack as much punch as larger caliber weapons, but a small caliber gun is better than no gun at all. A small .380 or 9mm auto (or even small revolver) can easily fit in a pocket or purse without being visible to others. I really don’t recommend buying a 22 auto for carry as they tend to have more malfunctions (in my experience), but that wouldn’t be much of an issue with a revolver. No, I am not opposed to carrying a full size auto if that’s what works for you. My favorite gun to shoot is my Colt 1911 that I’ve owned for over 25 years, but using it as a daily carry (I’m not a real big guy) is like dragging an anchor around all day. I have a Glock 19 9mm as my everyday carry, but it too can feel bulky after a while. Following a recent incident on a hiking trip (you can read bout that here) I decided I needed a small, light weight gun for such adventures. I purchased a Ruger LCPII (my wife already carried the LCPI) and now I’m never without it. No it is not a fun gun to shoot and it’s certainly not a target pistol, but it is well made, light weight and extremely compact and with a little practice can be shot with reasonable accuracy. There are several great pocket guns on the market, I suggest you head down to the range and rent a couple. As always, stick to a trusted manufacturer, your life is worth more than the few bucks you might save on a cheap one.

In our current climate of BLM and Antifa attacking police and crazies shooting up churches, it’s time we all make the commitment to take responsibility for our on security. No, a .380 does not have the stopping power of a .45, but I still wouldn’t want to get shot with one!

Note: never carry the gun in your pocket without using a pocket holster to protect the weapon and ensure the trigger doesn’t snag on your clothing when you pull it from your pocket.

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.


Can You Access Your Gun When You Actually Need It?

A firearm is just a tool, and like any tool, it’s useless unless you can get to it when you need it. I’m sure many of you have felt that frustration of knowing you have a tool but just can’t find it; can you imagine the frustration of being unable to access your firearm in a crisis situation? Are your firearms safe from children or nosy neighbors while also being accessible?

Practicing your preps is undoubtedly the best why to stay sharp and practicing intrusion prevention/self-defense is no different. So try running through a few scenarios and in each one ask yourself: how would I or could I respond? What could I change to improve my level of preparedness?

  • You’re in the middle of dinner when 2 individuals attempt to kick in your door.
  • You’re relaxing in front of the TV when you hear a noise in the back yard.
  • You pull in your driveway and notice that your front door appears broken.
  • You’re lying in bed when you hear a suspicious noise coming from the kitchen.
  • You’re walking your dog when a suspicious person approaches you.
  • You’re fueling up your vehicle when you realize the gas station is being robbed.
  • You’re shopping with your family when a flash mob begins ransacking the store.
  • You’re in the shower (home alone) when you hear someone in the house.
  • You’re broke down on the side of the road when some rough characters stop to ‘help?’
  • You answer a knock at the door and the person tries to force their way in.

The possibilities are endless, but as you run through each scenario, ask yourself am I prepared or could I be better prepared? What could I do to improve my chances of survival? Can I stage my firearms better while still keeping them safe from others? I think most will find that if they actually follow through on this exercise they will make at least some changes and probably order a couple of small gun safes. Police are reactionary and can only do so much, it’s your job to protect yourself, your family and your property from those who would do them harm.

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.