Firearms for Women

It’s interesting to me that so many “knowledgeable” men so often recommend revolvers to women as defense guns. They’ll go through the whole list of horrible things that can happen with semi-automatics, how revolvers are fool-proof, and how the revolver really is the woman’s gun because they say so.

Ladies, next time you’re in a gun shop and some guy tries to peddle a revolver on you over a semi, just ask them a question: “What do you carry and why?”

If he answers with anything other than “A revolver and this is why…” followed by a well-stated, logical argument as to why the revolver is the best defense firearm for him, then he’s an idiot. And here’s why:

Illogical Argument: Revolvers don’t jam and they don’t malfunction like semi-autos do!

Reality: Revolvers can and do malfunction. They have clockwork-like internals and any mishandling — like cylinder spinning and slamming the cylinder closed — will greatly decrease the reliability of the firearm.

Illogical Argument: Revolvers are easier to reload.

Reality: Clearly, anyone who says this has never tried to quickly extract a cylinder full of expanded cases from a revolver. Nor have they spent much time trying to position a speed-loader full of cartridges into a cylinder under pressure.

Illogical Argument: There’s no safeties to fiddle with on a revolver! Just point and click.

Reality: Lots of concealed-carry compact semi-autos don’t have any manual safeties other than a stout trigger pull just like a revolver does.

Illogical Argument: Revolvers are easier to operate than a semi!

Reality: This depends entirely on what your definition of “easier” is. Once you learn how to function something and spend a reasonable amount of time training with it, it’ll become second nature. There’s no “easier” or “harder” — it’s a learning thing.

Illogical Argument: A hammerless revolver won’t snag in your little designer purse!

Reality: Irrelevant for several reasons. Not all women carry a purse. Off-body carry isn’t always a good idea for everyone in every circumstance. And semi-autos designed for concealed carry are also designed to not snag.

Illogical Argument: A revolver is more compact than a semi automatic and will conceal in your purse better!

Reality: Clearly they’ve never heard of the Ruger LCP and LC9, the Sig P238, Kahrs, the S&W Bodyguard series, the Kel-Tec PF-9 and P-11, and a dozen other compact semi-automatics.

Illogical Argument: You can fire a revolver from inside your handbag/coat pocket!

Reality: Generally, I personally recommend against even considering doing this. The primary reason is that to do so, your pistol would have to be removed from any retention device (a holster!) enough to point it and to access the trigger, which would require a sufficient amount of free space to maintain concealment while extracting from said retention. With that kind of free space, any suitably-sized semi-auto would also function just fine in that space. If your life depends on it (and it does) then practice clearing concealment and getting on target. Every single time.

Illogical Argument: You need this small, little five-shot revolver with the one or two awkward five-shot reloads because you’re a woman and I need this semi-automatic with the 18+1 primary capacity and the two backup 18-round magazines because I’m a man! Just because I’m a man and I said so!

Reality: **head**desk**

Add your own!

My only conclusion is that the guys who promote this nonsense are narrow-minded, ignorant, bigoted — or all three.

So, what is the right concealed carry gun for a woman? It’s the same as the right concealed carry gun for a man: the one that fits, that you carry all the time, and that become proficient with.

There is no perfect firearm, but next time, I’ll put together a list of semi-autos that I think are reasonable concealed-carry pistols for anyone.

Raccoon From Hell

Seen several places in the last few days, most recently at Pissed’s place, comes this entertaining tale about a man, a rifle, a flashlight, and a raccoon. Click through to Pissed’s then again to read.

By the way, after the earlier post about the lion issue, this is another reminder to use something capable of more than one shot without that laborious reload.

Make That One Shot Count

Seen here.

You’re out lion-hunting with your buddies in the African bush. You have only a muzzleloader at your disposal.

While stalking your prey, which happens to be a pretty formidable predator itself, you realize that you’ve pissed off a lion and instead of you hunting it, it’s the other way round.

Watch this:

It doesn’t get any closer than that.

You have one shot. That’s it. Make it count.

This also reinforces to me that if I ever find myself heading to Africa, I’ll make sure I have a rifle that’s capable of more than one effing shot without a slow, laborious reload. I’ll keep my .308, thanks.

9mm Bleg

I very much like my 1911. But recently I’ve been thinking about a medium-sized 9mm.

How about it blogosphere: what’s a new, good-quality, reasonably-priced* medium to full-sized 9mm these days?
*I’m a cheap bastard.

Gun Technique

I’m skimming shooting videos on YouTube and I’m seeing a somewhat peculiar trend. I mean, other than the astoundingly dangerous stuff like fingers on triggers, no muzzle control, etc.

Why do so many people pick up a firearm — pistol, rifle, shotgun, whatever — and lean away from it?
You’ve all seen it so frequently that I believe many people think it’s perfectly normal.
Is it because the firearm is too heavy to heft onto target?
Are you afraid of the recoil, so you figure leaning backward will help you absorb it?
Grab onto the damned thing, get it on target, and lean into it while pressing the trigger.
If it’s a rifle or shotgun, then mount it. Get a firm grip, get the butt into the pit of your shoulder and pull it in tight. You are not working for the gun, it’s working for you. Control it.
Another somewhat concerning thing is the lack of appropriate shooting attire while shooting anything other than a revolver.
Ladies: That cute little top that makes you look so adorable with your cute little cleavage out there? Seriously — don’t do that. You will eventually get hot brass down your shirt — and hot brass will cause at least second-degree burns pretty much instantly.
Guys: Similar thing here. If you’re wearing anything with a loose or unbuttoned collar, either tighten it up, button it up, or untuck it so anything that drops in there will fall out the bottom.
Okay, rant done. Going to range. Back later.