Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - EXPERT’S CORNER -

I live in the North­east where the weather is lousy most of the year. So, con­ceal­ing a hand­gun some­what larger than many would con­sider car­ry­ing is an easy task. As a re­sult, most of the time my carry gun is a Glock 19, Com­man­der-style 1911, Ruger Amer­i­can Compact or S&W K-frame re­volver.

So, what does a true be­liever of the “big­ger-is-bet­ter” hand­gun cult do with a mini re­volver? Here are some times when a NAA mini re­volver is good to have in your pocket:

Around the house. No, I’m not a para­noid geezer who paces from win­dow to win­dow all day, sus­pi­cious of any­thing that moves. But I do like to main­tain some level of pro­tec­tion with­out be­ing too bur­dened at home. So, car­ry­ing a NAA re­volver such as the Ranger II in a DeSan­tis pocket hol­ster is a good choice. At home, I am usu­ally just a few steps away from a larger gun in a touch­pad lock­box. A small gun in­stantly avail­able in my pocket, I fig­ure, might help to buy some time for me to get to that larger gun.

As a backup. Very of­ten lately, when I need to go out on some er­rands, I’ll switch that NAA re­volver that I’ve been car­ry­ing around the house to a left­hand pocket. Then I’ll tuck my larger EDC gun in a right-hand in­side-the-waist­band hol­ster. That al­lows me to ac­cess a weapon with ei­ther hand with­out feel­ing any more weighed down than if I car­ried one gun only.

Trav­el­ing light. More than 27 years in law en­force­ment has taught me that bad things can hap­pen at the worst times. I don’t like to be de­fense­less. Ever. But if I’m out for a jog or try­ing to burn some calo­ries on a bi­cy­cle—I ad­mit it—I am go­ing to leave the big guns be­hind. But I might just carry the Ranger II.

Dress­ing for the oc­ca­sion. It’s al­ways bet­ter to ad­just your wardrobe to ac­com­mo­date your carry gun. Still, there are times when noth­ing but a small gun will con­ceal well. A NAA re­volver is the king of deep con­ceal­ment. It can be tucked in a boot, car­ried in a shirt pocket with a but­ton flap or hid­den when wear­ing the light­est of cloth­ing.

Sav­ing weight. If you’re other­wise lug­ging needed gear—back­pack­ing, portag­ing a ca­noe or kayak, for in­stance—ev­ery ounce car­ried has to be con­sid­ered care­fully. If I’m hunt­ing with a ri­fle over moun­tain­ous ter­rain, I might opt for a NAA re­volver in my pocket in lieu of a large hand­gun on my hip.

In a sur­vival kit. Look at lists of rec­om­mended gear to add to a sur­vival kit and most times the “ex­perts” fail to men­tion one of the most im­por­tant items: a firearm. When putting to­gether a compact emer­gency kit, in­clud­ing a NAA re­volver and a 50-round box of ammo is a smart idea. Within short ranges, tak­ing small game is pos­si­ble and, of course, there are the de­fen­sive uses.

For recre­ation. Some­times it’s great to have one of these tiny re­volvers around just for fun. When­ever I’m go­ing where there might be an op­por­tu­nity for some im­promptu plink­ing, the Ranger II, along with a set of foam ear plugs and a box of ammo, can form a take-any­where recre­ational shoot­ing kit. Every­one I show the gun to wants to try it.

For the re­coil shy. If you are sen­si­tive to re­coil, the Ranger II might be the an­swer for con­cealed carry. Think of how many peo­ple are tot­ing around .380 pocket pis­tols for de­fense when the .380 car­tridge is no­to­ri­ous for un­der-pen­e­tra­tion. The .22 Magnum can be ef­fec­tive at reach­ing the vi­tals with ve­loc­i­ties rang­ing from about 950 to about 1,150 feet per sec­ond even out of the Ranger II’s short bar­rel.

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