American Handgunner May/June 2013 Digital Edition - Page 32

REALITYCHECK TM first-persoN thoughts oN surviviNg iN the real worlD cliNt smith Photos: Heidi Smith rock-solid good stuff like good holsters, good guns, good lights and good ear protection will help to keep you out of hot water, or put the fire out if you’re in it! eing on the range on an almost daily basis I’m exposed to shooters of many different skill levels. It’s also interesting to see just where students spend their money when it comes to equipment. Sometime money gets spent on stock panels while important things, like a good holster, takes a backseat. Function should be first — looks second. Function B A Failure to Handguns somehandgunsjustworkbetterthanothers andit’sasimplefact.smallgunsaregood forcarrying,butusuallysuckwhenyoushoot themalot,likepushing1,000roundsthougha pistolinaclass.that’saprettygoodtestofgun functionandreliability.GunslikeaGlock19, springfieldXDseriesandsmith&Wesson’sM&P modelswillvirtuallyalwaysworkfine,andlast throughaclass. Iquestionthesurvivalofmidgetversions ofthesesamegunsthroughthesameclass. Often,theshooteristheissueasmuch—ifnot more—thanthegunthough.Idon’tcherish thethoughtofhavingamid-size1911ina class,evenaCommander-sizedgun.theyare veryoftenapaininthearse,withthesmaller Officer-sized(andsmaller)modelsevenworse. Ifyouwanta1911,getafull-sized5"one.Yet, evensomeofthosedon’tworkwell,depending onthemaker.Hammerspursbreakoff,sights flyaway,safetiesbreakoff—andworse.And whyanyhandgunmadetodayhasasharpedge anywhereonitIsimplycannotfathom.Inspite ofthis,it’sactuallynothardtogetahandgun thatworks,sofindagoodone. havingagoodhandheldorweapon-mountedlight.I alsoknowagoodlight,withasolidoff/onswitchis best.Myreal-usecommentisthis:simpleisusually better. Excellent holsters for the pocket — which is often an environment where guns are carried incorrectly. milt sparks, mitch rosen and five shot Leather examples are shown. Holsters todaytheremustbe5,000peoplewho maketubeswithabulbandbatteriesinside themandcallthemflashlights.Andabout4,990 ofthemarejunk.Ifyou’relookingaforacat toyunderthecouch,that’sfine.Goingdowna hallwaylookingforathreatinyourhouseisa totallydifferentballgame.buyagoodlight.It’s nothard—justgivetheguythemoneyand getthelight.Ibuystreamlight,sureFire,First Light,andyougettochoosetheotherseven best.there’snoexcuse—none—fornot 32 Lights Peoplekillme…really.Anylonholster?Nylon isforpantyhose.Kydexisgoodifyoubuyquality. We’vebeenusingthemalongtime,longbefore theywerecool.Everheardofasnick?MikeHorne andMikeHarrieswerecleverlongbeforecleverwas cool,andanyKydexworthacraptracesalineage tothesnick.thatsaid,goodKydexissimpleforme, withComp-tacandsomesafarilandspecialstufffor railgunsiswhatItendtogravitatetothesedays. thereissomeblendingofKydexandleathertoday tooandthatseemstowork,butIdon’tknowabout itmuchasIonlyhavelimitedexposuretothattype ofproduct.Readsammy’sCarryOptionscolumnin Handgunnertokeepuptospeedonholsters. Andthenyouallknowaboutleather,beit horse,cow,pig,shark,snake,lizardandotherstuff. Idon’tcarryapistolinmaterialIwouldnormally shootfulla’holesinitsoriginalcrawlyform.soI likecowstuff,andforme,Miltsparks,MitchRosen andFiveshotLeatherarewhatIgenerallyuse.Hey, HisEditorshipaskedmetotalkaboutwhatIuse,so thereyougo. Crappyearprotectionisakiller.You’llknow whenyouhavearrivedthereaseveryoneyouknow yellsatyouandyouyellback.HeidiandIhave beenmarriedfor15years,andarebothlifelong shooters.Ifyoueverwalkeduptothefrontdoor ofourhouseandknocked,itwillsoundlikeacase ofdomesticviolenceinprogressinsideasweyellat eachothersomeoneisatthedoor.Wecan’thear anythingwithouthavingaboutahalf-a-yelling hooplabetweenusjusttoseewho’swantedon thephone,orifthedogwantsinorout. So … Huh? buyagood-workinghandgun,withsights youcanseeandhavesparemagazinesorspeed loaders,andthemorethebetter.buyagood flashlight(orthree)soyoucanseethethreat andyourgoodsightsonthegoodpistolyou bought.buyagoodholstersowhenyoureach forthegoodpistolit’sthereforyoutodraw. buygoodearprotectionsoyoucansavewhat hearingyouhave,whileyoudrawthegood pistolfromthegoodholsterandturnonthe goodflashlightyoubought—soyoucanshoot thatlizardorwhateveritisyou’reafter. there’snomagictoanyofthis.Justbuy goodstuff,keepitsimpleandmake iteasyonyourself. * For more info: www.americanhandgunner.com/ product-index and click on the company name. WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MAY/JUNE2013

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