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Sun Apr 22, 2018, 11:46 PM

22. I carry occasionally...

Because a couple of years ago, I was accosted at a red light by a younger, verbally abusive man with a tire iron who announced his intention to beat my head in for cutting him off on the road. (Wasn't me, but that didn't matter to him) Luckily, he ran out of time and I was able to drive away when the light turned green. I swore that I wouldn't allow myself to be a victim, ever. The truth is that at 61 years of age, I no longer am physically able to defend myself against a younger assailant without resorting to some sort of equalizer.

Even with all that, though, I don't tend to carry most of the time. depends on where I'm going. (For example, when my stepdaughter ended up in an unsavory part of Las Vegas with a flat tire, I definitely stuck my pistol in my pocket before going down to fix it for her...) When I do, I usually carry a .380 semi-auto with a 14-round magazine in my front pocket (DeSantis holster), with a decocker safety in the SAFE position and the chamber empty. Firing the weapon entails drawing it from my pocket, racking the slide to chamber a round, moving the safety to the FIRE position, and pulling a double-action trigger. In other words, there's no friggin' way I'm accidentally shooting myself in the leg!

As for those who claim that you need to be able to shoot immediately upon drawing the weapon, I would submit that if I have allowed circumstances to deteriorate to the point that I don't have 3 seconds of time to draw and ready my weapon, I haven't been paying enough attention to my surroundings.

Does this answer your question? If not, let me know and I'll be glad to follow up.

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