or the class I mainly used a Springfield chambered in .45 ACP with a SureFire X300 light on the rail (supplemented by a SureFire LX2 Lumamax on my belt) and equipped with LaserLyte’s RL-XD rear sight Laser. Holster was Blade-Tech’s Tactical Modular Mounting System worn on a Blackhawk belt with Safariland magazine and cuff pouches.
We’ve all heard and maybe even used those sayings, “Friends don’t let friends carry pocket guns,” or “Never carry a pistol whose caliber doesn’t begin with 4.” I personally didn’t carry a small-caliber handgun much because I had larger-caliber handguns that suited my needs better. On the ranch, I usually carried a .357 Magnum revolver,
An ever-increasing number of lawful citizens are arming themselves with small revolvers and pocket pistols. With this in mind, Gunsite recently ran a two-day course called “Pocket Guns and Penlights” designed around a product seminar sponsored by XS Sight Systems. My Dad, Denny Hansen, and I were invited to attend.
Many officers and private citizens choose to carry a five-shot, .38/.357 Snubbie as their primary handgun, off duty or as a back-up gun (BUG). While I normally prefer to carry a larger handgun in a more formidable caliber, there have been occasions when an event has dictated I change my normal manner of attire to
There are many ways to carry a handgun for personal defense: a standard belt holster, inside the waistband, cross draw, shoulder rig, ankle holster, Mexican carry with the gun simply shoved into the waistband, belly band, waist pack and a few others. My personal preference is usually an inside the waistband holster made of Kydex,
As NRA instructors, my Dad and I teach a course that allows law-abiding citizens to obtain a concealed carry permit (CCW) in our home state of Arizona. A large percentage of the students—young, middle aged and old—in our classes are new shooters. While that may initially sound like a bad thing, my Dad and I
When purchasing a holster for defensive use, the holster must be able to accomplish several things. First, consider what you will be doing while wearing the holster. If you’re carrying a gun all day, every day, either as a law-abiding citizen or a plainclothes officer, you want a holster that blends in, especially if you’re
July 15, 1981 changed the way I would look at holsters for the rest of my life. My Dad was working the night shift for his department and was on his way home, two hours past his shift and really looking forward to being off. Dispatch notified him that there had been a fight at
There are a couple of sayings I remember from when I was young: “Dress to impress” and “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” As a young boy I can remember watching my dad take off his gun belt with all the necessary accoutrements—holster, magazine and OC pouches, cuff cases—and polish