Let’s face it folks, we live in a world where reality is a little blurry sometimes. When we are talking about firearms we tend to get more than the usual dose of propaganda. Gun makers have to sell guns to stay in business. Magazine publishes have to sell advertising to sty in business. Gun makers buy advertising. The public wants information. So we get a pretty vicious circle of production driven demand if we are not really careful. Take a look at devices for driving nails. The claw hammer has been around since about the time of the wire nail. If you look at a claw hammer that was made the day the Wright brothers made the first powered flight it really isn’t all that different from what we have today. Hammers are durable goods. It is really, really hard to tear up a hammer. So why do we need a hammer made yesterday? Why won’t the 110 year old hammer work? It will. I have a few tools that are 100 or so years old. What about handguns?
The 9mm Luger, 38 special, 45 , 380, .32 auto, 25 auto, 22 long rifle, and over half our current rifle cartridges have reached their respective 100th birthdays. The 40 Smith&Wesson is a relative newcomer, as is the .357 Sig, but they are really just a rehashed old idea. The .40 nicely fills the void left when the 38-40 Winchester fell out of favor. The .357 Sig won’t do anything the .38 Super Auto won’t, except fit in a shorter action. The 38 Super Auto is almost 80 years old. What gives?
There are a lot of reasons given for the birth of a new cartridge. Most of them are bolgna. I remember a fellow who was pretty good at “Marketing”. He sold a ” Hot Dog Sandwich”. Being as how hot dogs and Bologna are the same texture, and use basically the same spices, he felt pretty good about this. He was also able to “market” what were later called ” Jello shots” to the ABC board in his town.He lived in a town where there were Blue Laws. He didn’t have a Liquor license. He figured he needed to be open on Sunday morning to get the drunks in his diner on Sunday morning. Since he could use wine or spirits in “food”, he made Jello Shots. Jello and vodka. He could sell them all day, every day. Had the best Sunday morning trade in town. There is a lot of that going on with ALL marketing. Is it cow poo, or ” Organic fertilizer? The price varies considerably according to your perception.
Concealed carry permits have been really, really good to ammo makers and Gun makers. THer has always been a market for deer rifle, but that has been drying up. In North Carolina alone, we have been losing around 500o licensed hunters a year for several years. Guns are durable goods, remember. there are plenty of guns for all the deer hunters to have a closet full. Handguns were mstly for the police and for collectors. What are you going to do with a handgun? My dad looked at me like I had two heads when we were going deer hunting one time. ” Where is your rifle?” I patted my hip , where I had my 629 Smith & Wesson holstered. ” I am going to use this one.” ” You can’t hunt with a Pistol!” He found out different less than two days later. Two moving deer, both clean kills. But most folks didn’t hunt with a handgun. Very little target shooting was done with any firearm. Since the middle eighties we have gone from a very few states that allow concealed carry to ALL states now having some form of concealed carry licensing system. Participation varies from 3 percent to 10 percent of eligible citizens. So, there is a huge market for handguns, holsters, clothing cut to fit a concealed carry lifestyle, and, unfortunately, “concealed carry guns”.
Why do I say ” unfortunately”? Several reasons. First, a ” concealed carry gun” is quite literally, the last gun a new shooter should buy. There is nothing wrong with a gun that is shorter, lighter, and less powerful for a really experienced shooter. The problem is new shooters have the deck stacked against them. Small pistols and revolvers are very hard to shoot well. They are not ideal for learning the basics, and they are really not any easier to conceal. I will go into this in greater detail later, but I always let students shoot a Model 38 Bodyguard Smith & Wesson. Then, with the same loads, shoot a K – 38. I introduce them to both handguns in the classroom, and NONE of theme would pick the K-38. ” It’s too big.” “How would you carry it? ” ” I couldn’t conceal that.” My favorite is ” That is too heavy.” WOW. Less recoil, less noise, almost impossible to miss with, the K-38 is just that, a Masterpiece. The first reaction is ” I couldn’t carry that all day!” My response is always ” I carried a 6″ 44 magnum for years, all day, every day.” It really isn’t the handgun, it is the holster and how you dress the makes the difference as far as concealing a handgun.
When I figure the picture posting tools out on this new blog, I will post some pictures and maybe some video. Folks really do stack the odds against themselves with the choices they make on handguns, holsters, and clothing when they decide to carry a gun. The sad part is most of the bad decisions are because we are so inundated with propaganda and “spin” and just outright lies. Most folks wont listen, but I hope to help cut through some of that and help folks get some good information to make a decision with.