One of the first questions people ask when they get their concealed carry permit is, “Which gun should I carry?” Really, it’s a compromise, right, Benny?
Absolutely, Ryan. It comes down to shot size, capacity—
Depending on how you’re going to carry. I thought we’d start from real small and work our way up to bigger guns. Kind of talk about the pros and cons of them.
Benny, this is the one we like to call the noisy cricket.
This is actually a North American Arms revolver. It’s a .22, and it’s a single-action. Super easy to carry. It just disappears, really, in whatever you’re wearing, but maybe not a lot of power, maybe not as much capacity as you want.
I thought we’d just shoot it and kind of show people what this looks like.
Okay, five shots. Not fast to deploy. Not fast to reload, certainly.
You have to sacrifice your grip on that little gun, too. I’d rather have that than a knife at least, you know?
By a little bit.
Yeah, by a little bit.
Yeah, this is a 638 Smith & Wesson five shot revolver. It has a bobbed hammer. About a 2 ½ inch barrel.
It’s still compact. Allows you to conceal it in various types of clothing. The best thing is they also shoot plus P ammunition, so it has a little bit more knock down power.
People love to say that’s the gun that every woman should carry, but really, sometimes that’s a hard gun for a woman to shoot, because it’s a small gun, you got to really hold onto it tight. It’s a matter of they got to get out and try it for themselves and see what works.
A lot of women—small stature women, may not be able to control that recoil.
Small guns, smaller capacity. You’ve got five shots.
Yeah, Ryan, that’s one of the only downfalls is five shots. Once again, this is for concealed carry. This is for worst case scenario, if you’re being attacked, you need to protect your life, or the life of your significant others, and hopefully allow you time to get away.
What’s your gunfight going to look like? That’s the point. You don’t know. When you take your concealed carry class, there’s a lot of things your instructor can tell you.
Your trainers can teach you a lot of things. How to run your gun, how to clear malfunction drills, all that kind of stuff, but there are some things they cannot tell you.
They can’t tell you about your gunfight. We don’t know if the threat you’re going to face is going to be old or young. Male or female. Clothed or naked. We don’t know if your threat is going to be black, white, yellow, brown, blue, polka dotted—we don’t know.
If you have an image in your head of what that threat’s going to be, you better get it out of your head. It’s going to slow down your reaction time. You don’t know what that threat’s going to be.
You don’t know what your fight’s going to be. It could be up close, it could be at 50 yards. Are you prepared for that? What if your gunfight requires 10 shots to put the guy down and you decide to carry a gun that only has five rounds in it?
The simple fact is we don’t know what that threat’s going to be, and neither do you. Think about this stuff and get that image of what your gunfight’s going to be out of your head and be open to everything.
That will increase your situation awareness. It will help you stay alive.