October 11, 2014

Vol. 8   No. 15

Is it Advisable to Modify Your Carry Gun?

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?

You 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 effectively.

If any of us ever have to resort to the use of a gun for protection, the best we can hope for is:

  1. A quick end to the aggression against us, and

  2. That our actions do not harm any innocent bystanders.

How can we best accomplish these two objectives?

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 trigger.

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 safe.

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.

Practice, Practice, Practice


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