Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Political and climate refugee in Texas.
Mid size guns?
Jack of all trades and master of none.
Its an old saying that I think can apply to certain firearms. The gun that you look at and wonder 'why?'. Like midsize and so called compact handguns.
I've been continuing to work with the little Ruger LCP that I bought, and have slowly been inching over to the dark side of the infernal auto loaders. For a die hard wheel gun man with over 50 years of loyalty to the revolver. Its been a long strange trip. I'm actually liking the little semi auto a lot. Way easier to shoot than a J frame air weight revolver, more accurate for me at least with a lot less pain in my aged arthritic mitts. And unlike the Glock 26 I had for a few years and almost never carried, the LCP has been in my right hand pocket since the first range session. Light, easy to carry, it's replaced my North American Arms .22 mini revolvers.
In the two years I had the Glock, I carried it twice. The 26, sometimes called the baby Glock, was still way too big for a pocket gun in Wrangler shorts, which is my wear most of the Texas warm weather. That 'warm' weather in Texas hill country is 8 months of the year. No jacket needed. The Glock 26 like most the so-called compact handguns, needed a good carry rig to comfortably carry it. This brings up the question in whats left of the rest of my mind. If I need to have a carry rig, why bother with the midsize? I mean, a Glock 19 is way more shootable than a 26, and the K frame S&W revolvers are way more shootable than the J frame snubbies.
So, if the gun carry gun is not a true pocket pistol, and you need to strap on a carry rig with a sturdy belt, why not just carry a more shootable gun with more ammo capacity? The very compact guns like a Glock 26 and small SIG's, all sacrifice something to shrink them down and cut weight and bulk. Even for a good shooter, the smaller guns can be a challenge. Like my wife.
I met Karen on a pistol range. That was the very first time I ever laid eyes on the person that was to become my wife, lover, best friend, mother of my children, and at times coconspirator. Our children made us grandparents, and in the almost 50 years we've been married, its been a trip. Karen loves to shoot. She's competed in pistol events, and with her Smith and Wesson model 41, has taken home some trophies. With her Smith and Wesson K-22, she's put Mexican fried rabbit on the table with the peppers and onions all fried together for a feast. What I'm trying to say in a long winded way is, that Karen is a great shot, experienced competitor in pistol competitions, and wicked plinking shot. She's been shooting all her life.
But...when we moved to Texas in 2015 and took the class and qualified for our license to carry, Texas at that time, did not allow for qualification to be shot with a .22. It had to be at least a .32 caliber. They changed that in 2016, but that didn't help us in 2015. I told her to just use my Glock 26, She tried it out and handed it back to me and said forget it. Didn't care for the snappy recoil at all. So she went out front and rented a Glock 17 and breezed through the qualification with a perfect score. The full size Glock 17 was so easy for her to shoot, no matter that she had never handled one before. Just that extra inch or so in size and a few ounces in weight made a huge difference.
I've been around long enough that I have begun to wonder if theres really a need for mid size handguns? I mean, from my own experience, and YMMV, if its not a real pocket gun, and actually fits in a pocket holster in your pants pocket, then why not go for a full size gun and just get a good comfortable carry rig for it? Why strap on a Glock 26 when a 19 or even a 17 will carry well?
Don't over do it, just enough will do.