Street smarts for the Common People — Why have a stun Gun?
I was sitting out on my deck the other evening with a friend. Joe is a retired cop from Indiana and I am a retired cop from Florida. I was telling Joe about the stun guns that I sell. Joe and I both have concealed firearm permits. Joe remarked that he didn’t need a stun gun because of his permit to carry a firearm. I asked Joe, ” where is your gun right now”? Joe looked at me kind of funny and said, “oh it’s in the glove box”. I remarked, it’s not going to do you any good there”!
Joe was wearing the popular “cargo shorts” and a t-shirt. He could have put a small gun in the big baggy pockets of the cargo Diamondback Firearms pants, but, he didn’t. He went on to remark that everybody here can get a concealed firearm permit so easy, why would someone want a stun gun?
Joe was a perfect example. He had the permit but still was not packing a gun. In a confrontation with a criminal, how is Joe ever going to get to his gun? The confrontation with a purse snatcher, mugger or crazed maniac, its probably going to take place out on the sidewalk or parking lot. Every single case which I ever worked as a cop, whether the perpetrator was armed or unarmed, it took place in the parking lot when the victim was on their way back to their car. Even if it did happen in or near your car, is the perp going to wait while you open the glove box, remove all the junk that got piled on top of the gun, giving you time to get the gun and use it? I don’t think so!
OK so now you decide to carry the gun. Where do you put it? As a cop for 25 years, I found that carrying a gun off duty while in street clothes was just NOT practical. Especially in warm weather, where can you carry a gun? Your not wearing a coat, so a shoulder holster or belt holster doesn’t work. If you wear your shirt tail out, that may help some. Baggy cargo pants do offer an excellent place to conceal a gun. I guarantee you that you will be constantly worried that some one will notice the bulge and get sacred.
I wore an ankle holster in addition to my uniform duty rig. It was a fantastic way to carry a backup weapon. Off duty, I found it was not as workable. The Department uniforms included the classic “straight leg” uniform pants. The department issued glossy black shoes which were only worn by day shift or special occasions. Most cops like to wear the high top Rocky 911 lace up boots. The high top boots keep the ankle holster up just above the ankle and its occupant, a snub nose 38, ready on standby. But getting to it was another matter all together!
The technique is to either: drop to the opposite knee from where the gun is, pulling up on your pant leg with your free hand while reaching for and drawing the gun with the other hand. OR: dropping onto your butt, and then as above, pulling the pant leg up with the free hand and drawing with the other.
This works fine if the pants are loose enough around the cuff. This rules out most blue jeans. I have not seen Bell Bottoms since the 60s!
OK, how about colder weather? Now your wearing all kind of clothing with tons of places to carry a gun. Guess what, a gun can still be very difficult to get to! If its cold and the coat is buttoned up or zipped, you will really have to dig for it. How are you going to do this while some crazed rapist has his arm around your neck! You think he is going to pause and let you get at your weapon?
If you carry a gun out on your belt and readily accessible it will sure scare any would be attacker off before he get a chance to work his evil deeds. BUT, it will also scare everybody else too! You just don’t need the people in the mall calling 911 about a man with a gun!