So, maybe you have to travel and you are concerned about losing your good knife or flashlight. Or maybe you are new to the concept of EveryDay Carry (EDC) but are limited on funds and don’t want to spend the next month eating ramen. I’m leaving guns out of this discussion partly because legality varies by state.
I’m sure most of us already carry our ID, phone, and keys. Whether you use a wallet or not is up to you. Lately I haven’t been. I have a gorgeous Stingray wallet but it’s kind of bulky.
There are a number of guns on the market that aren’t suitable for concealed carry. Whether it is because of the build quality, the ergonomics, or something else, they exist. Sometimes the quality can be good but they just don’t fit the role except maybe as an absolute last ditch option.
Today, I have something a bit different from what I usually post. The incident used as an example is from about 3 years ago. Now, let me preface this by saying I am not now nor have I ever been in law enforcement.
I come from a background of management. My former employer put a lot of emphasis on effectively communicating. So with that understanding, this incident has stood out to me as a shining example of piss poor communication. And I’m not blaming the officer 100 percent for this. The stopee (as I will call him) also fails to communicate effectively. More officer training in the area of effective communication could help. Instead of asking the stopee to get his wallet, he could have asked him where his ID was located. The stopee, instead of just going for it assuming the officer knew what he was doing, could have said to the officer, “Hey no problem. It’s in my glove compartment. How would you like to proceed?” Craig gets into this in his post as well. This incident was also a topic of discussion in a class I took with Travis Haley.
With the gun enthusiast mainstream wholesale transitioning to 9mm for self defense use, we hear cries that any other cartridges are unsuitable. Most don’t bother to consider the context behind this. Right now, we’re seeing Gen 3 Glock 22 police trade in guns. They tend to be very affordable. Many may be tempted to pass them up in favor of a Glock 17 or 19. Or maybe even some other manufacturers offering. The question is, are the former worth considering for self defense?
Recently, Steve Fisher (aka the Yeti) of Sentinel Concepts shared, in a video, whether or not one should look at the magazine well during the reload. As he pointed out, it has been extremely rare for a civilian to have to reload during a self defense encounter. That said, I wanted to add a couple of things.
So just for the fun of it, I decided to do something different today. So, in the comments, I want readers to name the most obscure ammunition they can think of. I’ll go first. Let’s have some fun. Maybe we’ll even learn something.
One of my commenters here pointed out that the Mini-14 doesn’t wobble like an AR does. My response to him included the wording of the title of this post. I couldn’t help my urge to turn it into a title. I have heard that I have impulse control issues. Anyway, no matter.
Recently I saw the general discussion come up on why someone doesn’t trust the 1911 for self defense. I found it interesting in that it seems many people trust guns based on manufacturer or model reputation rather than individual firearm itself. Nonetheless, hate for the 1911 has seemed to be growing.
Today is going to be a bit of departure from the usual content here on Bores and Blades. The GFU (girlfriend unit) and I elected to drive down and hike the Ape Cave on the south side of Mount Saint Helens. Clearly this is what one should do when out of shape, right?!?!