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Fall 2012 • Special Edition
It's time again for that surprise in your morning email. You get the regular Tuesday wires: Outdoor Wire, Tactical Wire. This SPECIAL EDITION is in addition to the news, a single-topic wire designed to explore the world of concealed carry, published this first day of the NASGW (National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers) Convention and Expo.

We seek to inform about the topic of lawful concealed carry for self defense. Simply read the opening to each article and click on the picture to go to the complete article.

We invite you to read Outdoor Channel's Michael Bane in his analysis of why guns are far from a complete answer ("Understanding the Hammer") in the self defense context and proves the value of simulations in analysis of incidents like Aurora Colorado.

I touch upon two of the current Mini 9mm pistols, the Ruger LC9 and S&W Shield, along with carry options for each. Tiger McKee examines pistol selection and police lieutenant Chuck Haggard tells when a minor caliber mini-gun is just the right choice for concealed carry.

Publisher Jim Shepherd further amplifies the carry of arms in non-permissive environments with his exploration of the Recluse Pocket Holster, an innovative device.

Look for other new SPECIAL EDITIONS coming your way in 2013. It's another way we seek to keep you posted.

Rich Grassi
By Michael Bane

Sure, it's a cliche, but that doesn't make it any less true. I actually prefer the earlier incarnation of the homily from yet another famous psychologist, Abraham Kaplan, who noted that, "Give a small boy a hammer, and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding."

So what does that have to do with concealed carry? After many seasons of SHOOTING GALLERY and THE BEST DEFENSE, I would say, "Just about everything." As CCW has grown from a few citizens concerned with their personal defense into what I would contend is a national phenomenon, I see more and more people who think that every solution to a self-defense problem is a "gun" solution...hey, that's what you're carrying!

We need to move to a more holistic view of self-defense situations in the classic definition of the word...
By Rich Grassi

In this short space, there won't be an exhaustive treatment of all unusually small 9mm pistols. I've selected two; one is very new and the other has been around a few years. The concept is considerable power in a small, but controllable, envelope.

I've searched for the right concealment pistol for many years. I was astonished at Kahr Arms when they opened way back in the 1990s. Here we had a slender, powerful pistol of compact dimensions that handled like a service size pistol. The K9 had the feel of the Browning Hi-Power and the size of a Walther PP (normally chambered in 7.65mm or 9mmK).

Fast forward to the 2004-5 time frame, which ushered in a new development by Kel-Tec, the PF-9...
By Tiger McKee

Once you've made the decision to carry a pistol for personal defense there are a lot of questions to be answered. One of the questions I get asked most frequently is what type handgun one should buy. The answer to this question is very subjective, especially when talking about a pistol for concealed carry. The key for the new gun owner is that your first pistol should be one that is easy for you to learn the fundamentals - marksmanship, manipulations, and tactics - and may not be the pistol that you actually end up carrying.

There are a variety of skills you have to learn in order to use a pistol for self-defense. Even more skills are necessary if you intend on carrying the weapon on a full time basis. Safety with firearms is something that must be learned, practiced and applied constantly...
By Chuck Haggard

During the past 25+ years I have carried a pistol at work I have often heard some variation of "If you don't carry X, then you are dead," X being whatever the person thinks one must carry. Since I have carried a 9mm service pistol of some type at work for better than 20 years I get to hear this a lot from folks who espouse calibers that start with ".4".

This same mindset often carries over to concealed carry handguns, with disparagement of the smaller guns such as five shot snubs and sub-caliber pistols being common by the "tactically correct" crowd (not enough capacity or power, too hard to shoot, etc.).

The issue I see with this idea is that real people often find themselves on the wrong side of "the first rule of gunfighting," to wit; "have a gun", and the tactically correct crowd can often be found with no gun at all when they can't or won't carry their favorite blaster for whatever reason.
By Jim Shepherd

Writing about a holster for a special edition of The Tactical Wire is almost as unnerving as being asked to speak extemporaneously before the United States Supreme Court. OK, I've never done that, but you get the meaning. I don't presume to be qualified to speak to many of the subjects Rich Grassi and his experts know as well as I do the controls on my well-worn 1970 Nikon FTN.

But I'm one of those average guys who does exercise his right to carry a handgun. But I'm not one of those guys who has a superhero deal about it. Actually, I believe that the best gun is one no one knows you're carrying. Ideally, you'll never draw it in an emergency, either.

But not being obvious and being quickly accessible can present pretty serious problems if you're a "husky" guy like me.
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