Ever since the first repeating handguns hit the market, the debate has ensued on carrying said hog leg on a loaded chamber
Most will say that carrying with an empty chamber is like saying you will have enough time to put on a seat belt in the second before you get in a car crash.
But in some cases, it may be a good idea…
The subject from both sides of the argument in my column at Tac44.com.
Here we have a S&W Model 642 Airweight in a leather Bianchi #6 waistband holster loaded with five rounds of 130-grain Federal HST +P that altogether weighs 19.6-ounces. Sure, accuracy past 15 yards is not as tight as a full-sized handgun with a nice long sight radius, but I can still keep it center mass out to 25– and with a little practice so can anyone. As there are only five rounds in the cylinder, I carry a pair of Bianchi Speed Strips with another 10 rounds loaded and ready inside a repurposed Altoids tin for an additional 5.9-ounces. Why the tin? It is actually lighter than any speed strip wallet I have come across and holds the reloads securely and rattle-free. On the downside, if someone catches a glimpse and wants an Altoid they are SOL.
The light is a Streamlight Microstream which is just 1.2-ounces with the battery and the wallet is a Magpul Daka minimalist which, even when loaded with the same stuff as the regular leather pocket rider, only weighs 1.8-ounces. Finally, for those moments when something sharp is needed, a Leatherman Skeletool KBx multi tool joins the crowd for a downright skinny 1.4-ounces and haves the benefit of a bottle opener, which is handy for those craft beer emergencies. All up weight for a gun, light, holster, 15 rounds of ammo, knife, and wallet is 29.9-ounces.
A new company in North Carolina debuted what they call the LifeCard last week, set for shipments later this month.
The appeal is that it is 7-ounces and about the same dimensions (length and height) when folded as a credit card. Width is a half-inch. Interesting concept if the price was right.
James with TFB TV plays some pocket pool with the use of a tiny purple coat and a Ruger LCRx (with an external hammer) and a Kel-Tec P3AT to see if it is a realistic option for self-defense.
Taking the idea of a “pocket pistol” to the extreme, he tries to see if the concept of firing *through* a jacket pocket if needed is really a thing.
With a revolver, it’s a reasonable prospect, but hoping that the slide of a semi-auto will cycle inside a tight space is wishful thinking. Especially with the women’s medium coat that James is going to war with.
One thing not broached when dealing with pocket carry sans holster is the aspect that you are never really sure where the muzzle is until you reach into said pocket– and the trigger well is open to random key chains, pocket change, and boogers, so there is that.
On the bright side, at least the gun didn’t catch on fire. I did a similar thing with a Charter Arms Bulldog in .44SPL several years ago and wound up having to stop, drop and roll.
Glock 19 Gen 3 with InforceAPL, Streamlight Stylus, SAK 2015 limited edition officer, CRKT Obake skoshi, SnagMag concealable carrier with spare OE mag, Leatherman Rev multitool, Rite in Rain notebook, all atop a Tac.44 armorer’s table pad. Not shown: lightbearing holster, wallet, keys
On the reasons why for each, check out my article over at Tac44.com
Marketed to those on the Best Coast who want to home build their own Glock style 9mm/.40S&W pistol from a kit, here is a bolt-action for the slide to keep it California-compliant.
The manually-operated Inlander $149 Easy Bolt and extended 9-inch barrel bring compliance to the game. The kit, when added to a “zero-shot” magazine that is not readily detachable (see = bullet button demise) gives you a bolt-action Glock.
This abomination is due to recent changes in state law while taking into account the deletion of the single-shot exemption allowance. As Glocks are not on the state’s increasingly constricting approved handgun roster, many in Cally are using 80 percent frame kits (Polymer80’s PF940C comes to mind) and trying to do the right thing.
Fundamental in the carry and use of a modern handgun is an effective holster and we are here to cut through the gimmicks to bring you a few tips on what will work best.
Why a holster?
In the days of the first effective pistols, the single-shot handguns were still too large for practical carry, being relegated to saddle-mounted leather holders on the horses of the cavilers of the day. Bulky and slow to reload, the gunfighter of yesteryear would carry a brace of such guns to ensure a rapid follow-up shot against multiple adversaries. By the 19th Century and the introduction of the revolver, the first recognizable holsters became widespread and the leather-sheathed wheel gun replaced the sword of yesteryear on the belts of gentlemen.
Today, the holster remains a solid standby for the armed citizen and the use of one separates the professional and responsible gun owner from the Hollywood thug. One of the most unsafe things a handgun user can do is carry their pistol or revolver sans holster. Simple carry methods such as stuffing a smaller gun– such as a Glock 43– in a pants pocket, or a larger framed pistol such as a Glock 17 in a waistband, allows the handgun to rotate as the carrier walks and moves.
This “floating” firearm can twist and move away from its original position, making quick deployment harder. Worse, with the trigger exposed, a potentially deadly negligent discharge can result if a foreign object as simple as a shirt tail or jacket pull string works its way into the trigger well. Finally, an unsecured handgun is prone to skitter away at the worst of times, causing embarrassment at the least, and potential criminal charges in some jurisdictions.