This guest post is by John B and entry in our non-fiction writing contest .
This is a topic often discussed, yet there is no clear answer as to what is best. While I was in a local gun store I happened to hear a conversation between a customer and a sales associate on which hand gun to buy as a self-defense weapon. The customer was looking at various models of semi auto hand guns ranging from the 1911 to the Smith and Wesson Body guard.
As I was listening, I saw the customer put aside the Ruger LCP and the Smith and Wesson Body guard. He told the sales associate that he wanted a gun with a little more punch, and one he could easily carry and conceal secondary to his Glock .45 cal that he carries on his hip. The sales associate (no doubt, trying to make a larger sale) agreed and suggested the Baby Glock .40. This can be an excellent suggestion and it is a fantastic gun. (I own one myself along with the Ruger LCP, and S&W J frame .38 as back up weapons).
What I have found to be true is that for the purpose of self-defense in combination with ease of carry, the pocket pistol LCP, Body Guard, Kahr Ect. Should not be dismissed so easily. Sure you are giving up some knock down power, but the human body does not like to add holes to it. In a true self-defense scenario one has to put themselves in a position where you are fighting for your life.
The goal is to get a weapon in your hand as quickly as possible, and inflict damage that will allow you to either retreat or give you enough time to place an accurate shot into an area of the body that will stop the threat. For me, there is nothing better than the pocket pistol in a left-handed ankle holster on my left ankle (that would mean the holster is on the outside of my left ankle.) I choose this for two reasons. 1) I am a police officer who carries a weapon on my right side hip 40 plus hours a week.
If I need to go to my back up weapon that means my duty weapon is damaged, my right arm or hand is damaged, OR I am trying to keep my duty weapon in my holster with my right hand while someone else is trying to remove it. 2) I have tried multiple weapons and rigging systems as backups. Some work better than others, but all have a down side. Usually it’s the weight of the larger caliber (walking miles with it bouncing on my ankle or attached to my vest in some way causing irritation to the inside of my arm.)
After 17 years I have found what works best for me. That is a Ruger LCP in a left-handed ankle holster. A right-handed ankle holster will put the weapon on the inside of your left ankle, that would mean the easiest and quickest way to draw your weapon would be with your right hand. If it comes to me drawing that weapon you have to assume one of the above mentioned circumstances has occurred. Basically the right hand for whatever reason is not available.
It only makes sense to put the weapon where I can access it with my left hand. As far as the caliber goes, yes a .380 is a smaller round. But if you pump one or two .380 rounds into someone or something, it will cause hesitation, if not kill said thing. If it does not kill said thing it will give it pause, allowing you to put several more rounds into a vital area or allow you to retreat.
Bottom line is that in a true self-defense situation, you are up close and personal. You do not care if you can hit the rings of a target at 50 yards, you care about getting the threat away from you. If you are looking to hit something and stop it at more than a few yards than it’s not a defense weapon it is an offensive weapon and the choices become endless.
This contest will end on June 5 2012 – prizes include:
Third Prize) Winner will receive copies of both of my books “31 Days to Survival: A Complete Plan for Emergency Preparedness” and “Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: One Man’s Solution” and a Katadyn Siphon Water Filter courtesy of Mayflower Trading Company. A total prize value of $107.
Contest ends on June 5 2012.