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American Handgunner May/June 2011 - Page 24
REALITYCHECK OU C H ! Clint Smith TM FIRST-PERSON THOUGHTS ON SURVIVING IN THE REAL WORLD Butt Carry? Y eah, he was right, he needs a knock on the head, so here it comes. In his column a short time ago (Shooting Iron, Jan/Feb 2011) the “Duke” shows his writership-self shoving a revolver in and outta’ his butt pocket. I know that baby brother has had some health issues as of late but that said he can still do better, and I taught him better. So before one of you readers look at that “butt pocket” thing and jump off the bridge because he did, I thought to bring you all a dose of reality and throw in a couple of extra thoughts. A full-sized revolver from a front pocket carry. Any gun in your pocket needs to be in a pocket holster, even a big gun like this. Duke, this is your butt on no holster! hese are based on decades of work and they do work for folks who need to carry a concealed gun regularly. Element one is ease of access to the gun. Often if access is “fast” concealment suffers and well as security “I can get to it lighting fast”; yeah, and it can also fall outta your pocket when you slid your arse outta’ the car. And while we’re here, I want to see the “butt draw” while seated in the car. Show me that rodeo. Concealment is element two. The weapon is supposed to be concealed. Big people and little people have the hardest time with this element because of their size and shapes but it probably is the reason they need to carry a gun Elements Of Concealed Carry T know many people are going: “What’s the big deal, I just stick the thing in my pocket or waistband?” Yeah I know, I also know a couple of other things. Not that many years ago a writer for one of the shooting industry magazines had himself an incident of a accidental self-inflicted fatal gunshot wound from a dropped gun. I consider that fellow’s death every time I start to stuff a gun into my belt line or into a pocket. That single death has caused me to not put a gun into my waist-line “Mexican” carry, since it happened — ever. This guy’s wife and kids are doing without a father and husband, and how the gun was being carried has something to do with his avoidable tragic death. 24 What’s the BIg Deal? I because threats may make targets of a small woman, or a disabled guy. Your gun needs to be concealed to be most effective as a response to another’s action, and so your first thought is a small gun. You are going to bet your life (or your families) at arm’s length on your choice — do you really want to place that bet on the table of life with a lame choice? Element three is comfort. The gun is not going to be comfortable and the more effective the handgun is — translate as bigger in size — the less comfortable it’s going to be. Think: Less comfort = more effective. Then keep thinking that. Element four is security. I think you should have the gun in a stable carry platform, even in Duke’s butt pocket a holster will help to keep the gun from rolling around while it is back there. It will allow for a smooth draw stroke and since pocket holsters are most often friction fit, it should help retain the gun if the Duke is in a roll-around-in-thedirt contest just prior to starting his gun fight thing. At the mention of snakes, because he brought it up, Duke and Mrs. Yvonne can have all of theirs and my share of this snake stuff too. If I was “fightin snakes and such,” I sure want to have a smooth draw and for the gun to come from a stable platform if I start drawing on Montana rattlesnakes at leg’s length. Good pocket holsters (top to bottom): Five Shot Leather for an N-frame S&W, Mitch Rosen for 2" J-frame/N-frame, Milt Sparks right and left version for shortbarreled revolvers. The Answer A solid pocket holster will provide a stable, safe platform for carrying the gun as well as providing a consistent draw stroke. Nowadays pocket holsters are made by good people, Sparks, Rosen, Five Shot; pick one you like, but they all make good holsters that can carry a little gun if you want it, or a real gun if you need it. But get a holster. The comfort issue, the holster cost, your health issues, all moot points if you go to the hospital with the newly generated health issue of a round having gone though your pelvis and out a femoral artery. Forty-odd years ago I saw a guy in a Navy hospital who had been shot though the buttocks. He was very, very uncomfortable when they poured a bleach-like medicine stuff through the wound everyday. I always remembered to keep my butt down after that eyes-on experience of a gunshot butt. I learned from that guy in 1969, and maybe we (Duke you too!) should take heed from the decades of knowledge we know is correct. Wear a holster. * For more info: www.americanhandgunner.com/mitch-rosen; www.americanhandgunner.com/miltsparks-holsters.com; www.americanhandgunner.com/5-shot-leather WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MAY/JUNE 2011