I often hear people talking about how they dress around the gun they want to wear or how they pick the gun that suits their wardrobe choice for that particular day. I personally do both depending on my mood and what I am doing. Sometimes, I choose a pistol that I want to carry, then decide on a set of clothing that is appropriate for what I am doing that day. For the most part, I do this in the winter time. Realistically, I mostly roll around in a hoody all year around in Alaska, which sets me up to carry full sized guns with relative ease. But then there are days in the summer where I just cruise around in a t-shirt and jeans. In that case, I will have to choose a pistol that fits my clothing choice.
I know we have all seen those awesome YouTube videos where people are "Breaking In" their carry pistols by shooting 500 rounds from a static range. Perhaps they plink at steel from varying distances, test the accuracy with slow fire, or even just casually shoot one round every few seconds to judge the recoil. This is a terrible example of how someone should be testing their new carry pistol in order to run it through its paces.
As a gun owner, I feel that we are obligated to maintain our proficiency in handling, marksmanship, and understanding when we can use it. With all of that, many people think that the most important thing to do is to go to the range and practice hitting a bullseye as accurately as possible. When it comes to that, I think that people are going about it in a way that does not really help prepare you for when you need it.
First thing I want to cover is that marksmanship is something you will spend the least amount of time doing, but what will carry the day is when you use it, and what you do after you have to use it. But, the thing I am going to focus on here is what you should do to practice for defending yourself with a firearm. This is going to most likely fly in the face of most peoples perception on what you should do, so just be careful about that.
First thing I want to say is that it is important to realize that when you are carrying, if you should have to draw your pistol, you wont have the luxury of "warming up" before using it. Therefore, I feel that it would be wise to include this in your training and practice. The way this would look is you use your highest levels of training to put yourself in a scenario that stresses your training. Things like drawing and shooting while moving, communicating, etc. Perhaps even practicing drawing and holding at gunpoint, or engaging an active shooter from cover. Add in different scenarios every time and try to stay away from shot timers. Most of the time you are not going to need to draw in under a second, and if you do, it will most likely be a shot from the hip and at close range.
I understand that there are limitations people may have at the range, but at the least, you should learn to shoot fast with a quick up and shoot scenario. The most you can do is stop the warming up crap and use your carry gun the way you will use it to confirm that you can actually take care of business when you need to.
The Honor Guard pistols from Honor Defense are one of the most underestimated pistols out there. The pistol is commonly put down as being cheap and just a copy of the S&W Shield. I get that it has similarities, but it functions so much differently and has far more capabilities. Once you shoot the Honor Guard pistol, you will probably understand why I find it to be one of the best single stack pistols, even above the Shield.
Though it is only December, I feel that the activities of 2017 are pretty much done for. I have bought all the pistols I am going to buy and the incoming gear has slowed to a dramatically light trickle. This is all well and good though, because I feel myself getting exhausted of ideas and now it is just a waiting game for SHOT show 2018.
Recently I returned from a very much needed vacation in Hawaii with my wife while my guns and my animals all remained under the care of another person. After about 2 weeks it was time to come home to a frozen winter wonderland here in Alaska and get back to doing my routine with my animals and my firearms training. So what is it like to go 2 weeks without even thinking about guns and then jumping back into it again? Well it is not the first time that I have had to jump back into the game after a bit of a pause, but it is an interesting discussion to have.
First thing you gotta realize is that the first priority I have is to my household and to myself. I have to come home and establish control of my environment. Check all the animals over physically, play with them, feed them. Them I have to make sure the house is arranged the way it should be and make sure all the dishes are done and all my luggage is unpacked and getting put away or washed. Only then can I comfortably move onto the firearms aspect of my life. You see, in my life, firearms are not things I need in order to feel safe 24/7. There are plenty of times that I go out without a gun inside my waistband. Some of you may feel differently, and that is okay.
Recently, Zenith Firearms shifted their focus away from importing firearms into the US from Turkey. Now they are looking at concentrating solely on the roller-delayed blowback market. This is their choice, of course, but I feel that the market may be losing a set of good and reliable firearms. Turkey has a good reputation for manufacturing some of the most badass weaponry.
Previously, Zenith was bringing in a huge assortment of pistols, rifles, and shotguns at very competitive prices. They even imported very high quality and affordable ammunition from Turkey and Israel. I am unsure of what they intend to do about the importation of ammunition, but I hope they continue it.
I am kind of bummed about them not selling their pistols anymore, but I understand that there just wasn't enough interest or profit in these guns to justify the lengthy and burdensome supply chain. I was really looking forward to the PX9 to come to market since it seemed to be a reverse engineered Springfield XD9. I like the HS2000 but I am not sure that I would like to buy a pistol that was manufactured and then stamped with Springfield Armory on the slide.
Anyways, It would seem that access to the pistols that Zenith sold may no longer exist. It is possible that the pistols that Turkey manufactures may never make their way to the US in large numbers in the near future. The only thing that would change that is if a company were to take over what Zenith was doing. But again, the problem is that the American market was not all that interested in the Turkish pistol selection.
The reasons people didn't have much interest in the pistols was because the pistols lacked preferred capacity, seemed like a copy of a more popular pistol, and people are not very familiar with the general quality of firearms made in Turkey. Whether these reasons are good or bad, I feel that Zenith did not give the market time to appreciate what they were offering. They made the decision to stop importation when things were calm in the gun market, just before it got stirred up by another tragedy.
Whatever Zenith chooses to do, I feel that they will do a good job. After getting to experience the quality of Turkish pistols, I became a bit of a fan of them. I just feel like there was a potential there and now it is gone before it even had a chance to be fully realized.
If you could only choose one, which would you choose? In my whole time shooting and owning guns, I never really gave this idea much thought. When I was in the military, you were given one rifle and some optics that were yours to babysit and sometimes use. At times, my job required me to use a pistol, a machine gun, or even an anti-tank rocket. There was no choosing or debating. You just take what you get and do your job. All I remember is that I used my weapons and gear as I needed them and never really remember wishing I could choose just one. In fact, I remember feeling the opposite after having issues with my rifles(M4/M16) in terms of maneuverability, ergos, handling, etc. When I got out and started playing with different designs, I found the bullpup to fit every need I ever needed a rifle to fit.
Many people like to think they are doing sufficient research to find the PERFECT carry round for their firearms. Realistically and simply, there is a marginal difference between the performance of premium and generic ammunition. Of course this depends on what you get, but older designs like Winchester white box JHP ammo seems to perform really well and consistently in most testing. Of course it isn't pretty, but penetration is dominant for those of us in the real world with our priorities straight and logical.
Recently I got into two pistols that are not very highly regarded by the general population of shooters. The SCCY CPX-2 and the Kel-Tec PF9 have both been personal purchases and for the same reasons. I needed a pistol that could offer me a reliable pistol that I could be effective with. Due to the fact that I am not limited or scared of different trigger systems, I chose pistols that had qualities I was looking for. Those qualities are low height, good capacity relative to size, good price, and natural point of aim. Many pistols did not fit this list and therefore I was left with the two pistols listed.
Do It Rite
Alaska-Based Youtube Vlogger, Retired Marine, gun enthusiast, and his wife