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. 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.

    • 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.


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