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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

My Constant Companion

Did anyone by chance see the article in the June 2005 issue of American Rifleman by Daniel T. McElrath called "Constant Companions"? It's an absolutely brilliant piece of work, and one of the better articles I've seen in that publication in several years.

Among my gun aficionado friends, I'm often ridiculed about my decision to carry a P-11 as my primary carry gun. The jabs tun the gamut from "It's ugly" to "What a hunk of CRAP!". Everything from the general shape of the handgun to the method of disassembly (using the rim of a bullet casing to remove the retention pin) is fair game to the heckling of my friends. But when I read the article, it made a point that I've been trying to prove for a couple of years... Let me quote from the article:

Want to have some fun? When someone insists that you have to get a certain carry gun, try this: Assuming you are in a place where it is legal to carry and in an area where his compliance with your request would not constitute "brandishing," simply ask to see his carry gun. Don't excuse him to go to his truck to retrieve it. Don't let him tell you that he'll bring it in tomorrow. Make him squirm. Demand to see it right then and there. If he hasn't got it on him (and chances are he doesn't), he's picked the wrong carry gun.

This dude is right on the money, IMHO. I don't know how many times I've been told that my P-11 is a POS, compared to his/her Glock. But when I ask where the Glock is, I get a rather sheepish "It's under the front seat of my truck" or a self-assured "Well, it's at home. I won't NEED it here." When an off duty police officer I work with told me that he wouldn't trust his life with my P-11 in a minute, and I asked where his duty weapon was, the answer was "in the trunk of my car, where I can get to it." Mr. McElrath covered that in the article as well.

They leave the gun locked in the car, cabinet, desk, or briefcase, deciding they'll carry it only when going somewhere they think they might need it. (Well, if we could predict crises, wouldn't we just avoid them in the first place?) These people carry only rarely, and come to believe that -- for them -- concealed carry was better in theory than in practice.

They believe that until the moment they need a firearm.

You won't see Tommy Lee Jones or Steven Segal brandishing a Kel-Tec in their next movie, nor will the U.S. Special Forces be adopting the P-11 as its next defensive weapon system. But as a citizen who believes in the practice of concealed carry in his everyday life, I'll take my P-11 over a Glock or a 1911 type pistol any day. Kudos to Mr. McElrath for the excellent article, and to the editors of American Rifleman for getting it to print.

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