Archive for August, 2014

When Is Deadly Force Justified?

August 28, 2014 4 comments

In any self-defense situation that may require the use of deadly force, there are a number of questions to consider in regard to how appropriate it is to involve a firearm in the dispute. 

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As you know, a gun is a deadly weapon. Involving one in any type of altercation immediately raises the stakes to the highest level.

This not only includes firing the weapon, but even presenting, drawing, and making it known that you have a gun. 

This is especially true if the aggressor has not yet brought a firearm into the dispute themselves.

Arming and training yourself to use deadly force significantly raises your level of personal responsibility. You need to keep your cool and make rational decisions at all times. You cannot give into the pressure to hurl insults, make threatening statements, or cause the situation to escalate in any way.

You also have the responsibility to leave the situation if you can do so safely. It’s on you to keep your pride and ego out of the equation. 

It doesn’t matter if someone is verbally insulting your character or that of your significant other, mother, or sibling. Such actions may be incredibly provoking and may hit you in all the wrong places emotionally. However, nothing that is said in the heat of the moment gives you the right to use deadly force. 

Time and time again, it’s been proven that many situations can be diffused by simply leaving the area.

In that instance, you may be verbally harangued for what may be perceived as “backing down.” You might feel as though your honor has been brought into question, but as author Joe Kalil clearly states in his article “Use of Deadly Force” on, your honor and pride do not matter where life and death are concerned:

“The law-abiding citizen should make every possible effort to avoid using deadly force. Prevention, avoidance, de-escalation, and retreat are all good alternatives, allowing you a much better opportunity to maintain your freedom and return home safely to your family.” (Read more at

Think about it this way : If you were asked if you were willing to spend time in a courtroom with the possibility of jail time hanging over your head simply because someone raised your hackles, what do you think the answer would be?


How to Narrow Down Your Options and Pick the Right Handgun

August 7, 2014 Leave a comment

What is the perfect concealed carry handgun? Is there even such a thing? How do you go about finding it?

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Any handgun is a mix of features and compromises. There is no one gun that has all the bells and whistles and even if there was, you wouldn’t want it. 

It would be too heavy and complicated to be trusted in a confrontation.   

A good way to start narrowing down your options is to identify what features you need in a handgun. 

Write these down first. Once you’ve identified your “must haves,” it’s much easier to take a list of handguns and narrow the list down to just a few. 

You’ll also need to decide if you want a revolver or a semiautomatic and what caliber it should be. 

For that one gun that is eminently perfect for carry, you’ll want it to be light and easy to conceal. In terms of concealment, a smaller gun is naturally easier to hide. You just need to be sure the weapon still feels comfortable in your hands. 

As you go through your list and narrow down the possibilities, keep in mind that you are likely to find a good gun that may have a thing or two about it that you don’t like. Remember that customization is always a possibility. Grips can be changed out easily and aftermarket sights can give a good boost to visibility in low light. 

Then there is the matter of the price tag.

Author George Hill talks about cost assessment in his article “Searching for the Ultimate Concealed Carry Pistol: Part One” on

“The ultimate concealed carry pistol should not be something that is virtually unobtainable, [due to things] such as long waiting lists because of slow production, or expensive beyond what a reasonably employed individual should be able to acquire without having to tighten up the belt. To be good, it doesn’t have to be expensive.” (Read more about pricing guns at

Another concern you should have is over the availability of ammunition. Can you get quality ammo without breaking the bank? You’ll want to practice regularly without wringing your hands about how much each shooting session will cost you.

At the end of the day, there is no such thing as a perfect self-defense handgun. With a little time spent on identifying features that are key, you’ll be able to narrow the options down and get yourself a handgun that you are proud to carry. Ideally, it won’t break the bank and it won’t announce its presence through your clothing, either.