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Pick the one right tool – Buying and using the right gear for the job

One of my favorite movies of all time is No Country For Old Men.  I’m not a critic and I’m not going to try to be one by describing the movie with nerdy terms that I don’t understand.  I just really love the movie.  Javier Bardem plays Anton Chigurh, a murderous psychopath with a very protestant work ethic.  He will not stop until he feels the job is done, which basically means killing just about every one on the cast list.  There is one scene where Chigurh is questioning the management decisions of his employer and he says something that has stuck with me ever since the first time I saw this movie. “You pick the one right tool.”

You pick the one right tool for the job, and the job will get done right.  Now I am all about improvisation.  Under pressure I’ve put together some truly imaginative solutions to problems that I probably wouldn’t believe if someone told me.  But improvisation should only ever arise from necessity, from shit actually hitting the fan, from the moment at 2am on the side of a remote highway when your radiator hose has split open and all you have is a sock, some bubblegum and a condom.  Masters do not rely on improvisation.  Masters pick the one right tool for the job.

How does this apply to guns?  Well there are many directions this could go from whether my .308 is suitable for home defense to whether or not I need the best powder measuring system for reloading my target 9mm loads.  But what I want to talk about is choosing the right gun for defensive carry and choosing the right holster for that gun.   I have counseled more people than I can count on buying a defensive pistol and usually a holster to go with it.  These are some of the common scenarios that I encounter.

I want a gun that I can carry concealed but that I can also take backpacking in case I run into a bear. Unless you are planning on carrying an 8 inch .44 magnum in a shoulder rig, this is just not going to work.  You’re going to have to make a choice about which is more important to you, carrying a gun designed for four legged predators or carrying a gun designed for two legged predators.  There really isn’t an in between.  The amount of power required to stop a bear is quite a bit different from the power you are going to get from a gun that is designed to hide inside your waistband.  That is to say nothing of the significant weight of the hand cannon you are taking with you “backpacking”.  If you are buying a gun to carry every day, you are not going to be using it for everything else.  It’s a tool with a specific purpose.  Pick the one right tool.

I bought this holster at the gun show.  It doesn’t exactly fit my gun but it was a great price.  Most gun owners I know have a drawer full of unused holsters, most of which were a “great deal”.  I have coached/instructed my fair share of new shooters on the range and one of the primary impediments to them learning how to draw from concealment and shoot effectively is a crappy holster.  A bad holster will affect retention, comfort, practicality, and ease of draw.  A good holster isn’t cheap.  But neither is buying 5 holsters that you won’t end up using or that don’t work well enough to deserve to be used.  If you are serious about your personal protection, then buy a serious holster.

One of two drawers of holsters I have.

One of two drawers of holsters I have.

After buying and using more than 20 holsters, I now use the Incog holster by g-code.  I was fortunate to get to try this holster for a week before I bought my own.  It’s not the only option out there, but it is a good one and I can say after carrying with it almost exclusively for the last 2 and a half years I have no plans to replace it.  Pick the one right tool.

I don’t really need a training class, I get plenty of good information on Youtube.  I love youtube.  I have learned a lot of great things from guys who really know what they are talking about.  I even have my own channel that I’m working on producing content that will help people with basic firearm skills for carrying defensively.  But there is no substitute for getting face time on the range with someone who knows what they are doing, and also knows how to relate that knowledge and those skills to you.  Youtube cannot take you to the range, watch you work and correct your mistakes.  Youtube cannot see your limitations and give you valuable pointers on how to compensate for them.

The two biggest barriers that people say get in the way of them and training is cost and time.  I get that.  The two things that there are never enough of.  But people put their money and their time where they see value.  If you are serious about carrying and using a gun for the defense of yourself and your loved ones, then there is serious value in getting good training.  Even one class a year will make you a better shooter and better prepared to use your gun to save your life.  Pick the one right tool.

There are more ways that this rule applies, but these basic areas are a great foundation for learning the importance of this principle when it comes to carrying a gun.  Pick the one right tool, it will save you many headaches, probably a lot of money and possibly even your life.

Phlster – New J-Frame Holster – The City Special

The city Special J Frame Holster by Phlster

The City Special Holster

The City Special – J-Frame Kydex Holsters by Phlster

The folks over at Phlster have just released a new holster today called “The City Special” which is a custom Kydex holster for those J-frame .38 special carriers out there. Now, there are two different holster they are making. One is a standard kydex holster with the signature single loop. This is ideal for a backup gun or even a primary carry.The City Special Holster by Phlster The second holster has a unique cut out so in the event you would have to reload with one hand, you can actually use the holster you hold the firearm sideways to deploy a speedloader or speed strip with new rounds into the chambers, close the cylinder and get back to business. It’s a unique way of solving a problem. I’ve written about the Phlster holster for my Glock 19 and I have been enjoying Phlster products since.

I personally don’t own a j-frame revolver simply because I just haven’t bought one. Recently my brother purchased an airweight and ever since I’ve been feeling the itch to buy my first wheel fun. Now that I know there is an awesome holster out there for it I think it will make my decision that much easier. I will be eager to see how the market likes the holsters as they were just announcing the release of them today.



Female Conceal Carry

EDC Conceal Carry Pistol Options

Female Conceal Carry Options

In the pursuit of finding the best conceal carry options, Rebecca from “RebeccaGuns” discusses the journey she traveled to discover the best conceal carry weapon. There are many factors at play when choosing a weapon to carry on a daily basis. We wrote in a previous post about the challenges of females finding the best fire-arm to conceal carry. Women usually wear tighter clothing than men, don’t want to “dress around their weapon” and often wear skirts or dresses which means “no waist band” to speak of.

Seems there are some criteria for selecting the perfect weapon:

  1. Stopping Power
  2. Stopping Capacity
  3. Frame Size
  4. Barrel Length
  5. What holster options are available

Rebecca shares her experience in this video:

Best Guns For Women?

How do you select a firearm for a female shooter?

Best Guns For Women

Recently more females in my immediate and extended family have shown more interest in not just purchasing a firearm that is right for them, but also carrying one on their person, in their purse or nearby.  This is a completely different scenario versus a man carrying. Typically men can carry inside or outside the waistband on different location of their waist. Women’s waist are not straight like a mans and it can create challenges for carrying larger firearms.

The first and foremost objective is to identify a firearm that is comfortable in the hand of the shooter, and the balance. The next is how does the gun feel when firing the weapon and the recoil. This first step usually will determine the size of the cartridge or caliber of the gun. The next step is to determine a revolver (quite popular with the ladies) or a semi automatic pistol. These are also referred to as striker fired pistols. The best way to figure this out is to take your lady, sister, mom, grandma or whoever it is to the local gun range. Rent some different revolvers and pistols and put some brass through them.   Some popular choices amongst females are the following:

Demonstrating my IWB Glock 19 Setup

Pimping my IWB setup for carrying my Glock 19

Conceal Carry Glock 19 IWB

I received a PM from a friend on YouTube regarding how I carry my Glock 19 IWB (inside waist band) so I decided to shoot a quick video on demonstrating it. I probably didn’t wear the best shirt for the demonstration since it’s more on the thin side, but regardless I think is an overall decent represenation.

The holster is a generic IWB holster that I picked up at a gun show for 10 dollars, and recently I’ve seen nicer ones for about 20 smackers. If you want one hit me up on twitter, or through my contact form and I will get one for you.