Monday, May 31, 2010

The Right .45

Recently my cousin told me that his wife laid claim to his Taurus PT111 9mm because she loved shooting it. With his main concern being keeping her happy, I can understand his willingness to give it up. Fortunately, it provided him with the opportunity to fulfill his desire to move into a .45 caliber for concealed carry. He asked my advice on what to buy so after opining to him, I thought I would share it with others who may have similar questions.

There are many worthy .45's out there and so the blessing of choice becomes part of the curse of figuring out which one you need. I did a considerable amount of research before I bought mine, so I can tell you what I found. First of all, I am unapologetically a Glock man. The short version of the story is that a significant number of law enforcement officers carry it (not only while working, but also for personal carry) for all the right reasons including dependability, weight, etc. So, since their life is on the line everyday, I thought it wise to consider one too. That said, it's fair to say that guns are like cars: everyone pulls up to the store with a different one.

As to the model I chose I learned that comfort is the supreme consideration: if it isn't comfortable, you will have the tendency to leave it at home or in the car, and then the whole purpose for concealed carry is defeated. Therefore, my research pointed me in the direction of a single stack model Glock. For obvious reasons the more ammo the gun will hold the better, but since most gun fights last an average of only 3 seconds and only 3 rounds are fired, the concealed carry piece should, arguably, lean toward comfort rather than the number of rounds the magazine will hold. For the record, if I could carry openly I'd have the largest magazine I could find and comfortably wear. Since I can't, I picked the Glock model 36 .45 caliber. It holds six in the mag and one in the chamber. You can increase the number of rounds some with a Pierce “Plus One, or Plus Two” magazine extender, but then you get uncomfortably close to the comfort ability factor again. I did purchase a "plus 0" extender so the grip would be more comfortable in my hand. It allows just enough room for my pinky finger without adding any ammo to the magazine.

The main thing in determining the right gun for you is to research, research, and then research some more. If possible try to find one you can hold in your hand and get the feel for. A number of firing ranges offer gun rentals, so you may be able to actually fire the gun you think you want. Whatever you choose, it only need be right for you. It’s your money, your gun, your life. As for me a brief recap looks like this: A single stack is more comfortable to carry. It's good (as far as I’m concerned) to carry a gun with a 4 in it somewhere. I carry a .45 because they don't make a .46, and besides, shooting twice is just silly.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Concealed Carry April Training Events

Florida Armed Civilian Training (F.A.C.T.) is offering three classes for the month of April. The course is NRA “First Steps Pistol” and is approximately 3 hours in length. This certificate course will equip persons with the skills necessary to own and use a pistol safely. It also satisfies the requirements for a Florida Concealed Carry Permit valid in 33 states. Fee includes classroom materials, NRA Pistol textbook, 1 year membership to an indoor firing range, and a complete Florida Permit Application package. For more information or to register for the class contact me with a direct message through twitter, facebook, or email me at:

Class Dates

April 11 2:00 P.M.
April 16 6:30 P.M.
April 30 6:30 P.M.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

F.A.C.T - Florida Armed Civilian Training

Today I begin a new blog called the Armed Civilian. As you may note from the title, I am interested in seeing civilians become legally and safely armed. The Second Amendment provides for ..."the right of the people to keep and bear arms...", but it does not ensure their ability to accomplish this right safely and legally. That’s where I and this blog come in.

I am certified by the NRA as an instructor in the discipline of "Basic Pistol." The State of Florida has entrusted their Concealed Weapons and Firearm training to NRA certified instructors. So after completing an NRA approved class, persons can qualify for their Concealed Carry Permit. As time goes on I intend to add other disciplines to my certification, such as "Personal Protection in the Home," "Personal Protection Outside the Home," and others, but for now the authority to teach basic pistol and Concealed Carry classes should keep me occupied.

In addition to class schedules and updates I will try to post articles of interest and links that I think will be of interest to the concealed carry community. I have added a "gadget" at the top of the page for readers who would like to easily share this blog with their friends, family, or associates. If you want to "follow" this blog, there is a "gadget" for that too!

As a final note in this maiden blog, I have been given the opportunity to be an NRA Recruiter. That means that you can join the NRA right here! I have a link for that (of course) at the top of the page. If you are already a member you can also renew your membership from here. There is a $10 discount off the regular price for memberships made from this blogspot. Thanks for reading and feel free to leave a comment if you like.