How would you answer the question, "Why do
you carry a gun?"
I think it is fair to assume that the
answer most of
you would give would be similar to, "To protect myself and/or my loved ones from anyone
who would seek to harm us."
So, how do you protect yourself?
use all necessary and justifiable force to stop a would-be attacker.
Justification for the use of Deadly Force can be found in Title 2,
Chapter 9 of the Texas Penal Code. Please note that nowhere in
Chapter 9 is there a restriction that requires you to give an aggressor
a "fair or fighting chance," by making your gun more difficult to use
If any of us ever have to resort to the
use of a gun for protection, the best we can hope for is:
A quick end to the aggression against
That our actions do not harm any
How can we best accomplish these two
Simple: Hit your intended target.
Don't miss and hit an innocent bystander.
Accuracy, then, becomes the most
important factor necessary to accomplish these two objectives.
Now ask yourself, "Is it easier to shoot
more accurately with a handgun that requires a 12+ lb. trigger pull, or
one with a trigger pull in the 2-4 lb. range?"
Want a hint? One allows the
shooter to more easily keep a gun "on target" while pressing the
Am I saying that you should run out and
have your gunsmith lighten the trigger pull, on your S&W Sigma to the
2-4 lb range? No! Go to the range, practice, and make your
own determination as to the trigger pull that allows you to shoot both
accurately AND safely.
But, are guns with a
"light triggers" safe? Surely someone has mentioned to you that keeping
your finger off the trigger until you are "on target" is what keeps things
We are surrounded by "experts," who tell
us what we must not do to a gun, dare we risk criminal and/or civil
action for creating an unsafe situation. Are the self proclaimed
experts right? Not as often as they would want you to believe.
Another example would be defeating the
grip safety on a 1911. Does "strapping" the grip safety on a 1911
make the gun unsafe? No! If it did, then any gun ever
manufactured, without a grip safety, would have to be considered unsafe.
Go back to the basics. Observe
widely accepted safety procedures.
For more on this subject,
click here to read a recent Guns & Ammo article written by James Tarr.