Self-Defense Tip: Carry On, Regardless

Last night, Sam’s performance with her Smith & Wesson 686 [similar to the one above] proved the old adage “Beware of the hot woman with one gun.” That is it, right? On the way home, she kvetched about carrying a self-defense firearm (yes, she home carries the beast) with only six .357 Hornady Critical Defense cartridges. “What if I run out of bullets?” she asked. “Then hit ’em with the damn thing,” I opined. “Or slice ’em with your razor sharp wit. Something. Anything.” Point taken? Practice with your self-defense gun. Carry it from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep (shower carry instrux to follow). But remember the sage advice of Emile Chartier: “Nothing is more dangerous than an idea—when it is the only one you have.” Now head over to to see what can happen to the guns of Mr. Murphy (a kamikaze hand-loader).


  1. avatar Ralph says:

    Fugly pics, man. Note that most of the damage is at or forward of the chamber or cylinder. So I guess that the people behind the guns might have been uninjured, while those to either side could have taken some shrapnel.

  2. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

    I always worry about something like this happening to one of my 500’s.

    1. avatar matt says:

      Heres a guy who blew his up and then made a 500 magnum derringer from the remains.

  3. avatar ready,fire,aim says:

    just a touch more powder ought to do it….but an a serious note

  4. avatar GarinVT says:

    She carries a 686? Wow, talk about doing things the hard way. They have these new guns that weigh less and carry more bullets now, ya know. 😉

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      The Hornady Critical Defense .357 Magnum round is a fearsome cartridge. The Smith & Wesson 686 holds six of them. The woman holding the 686 is extremely good at placing any and all of those bullets where she aims wants them to go.

      Equally, the 686 4″ is an extremely intimidating weapon from the potential perp’s point-of-view. Although there’s no reliable data on the subject, many if not most armed self-defense scenarios stop when the intended victim gets out their gun.

      Sam’s tried dozens of guns. The 686 is the one with she feels confident. And confidence is key.

      1. avatar Bob H says:

        Has she tried the Coonan?

      2. avatar GarinVT says:

        Fair enough. I’ve carried for 20+ years and cannot imagine carrying something that heavy, though. Not for any length of time. And what could you conceal it under?

        1. avatar Robert Farago says:

          It’s her home carry gun.

  5. avatar mikeb302000 says:

    Is Sam the one we saw in that video a few months ago shooting that “bonebreaker” or whatever you called it?

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Bone Collector. No.

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