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Chris Whisler writes . . .
I recently switched from carrying a 9mm Colt LW 1911 Commander to a 4″ Smith & Wesson Model 19-4 .357 Magnum in a Galco Combat Master holster on a quality, heavy 1/2″ leather belt.
The K-frame S&W carries surprisingly well in a quality, high ride holster. The reason I switched to the S&W revolver is accuracy. For me, the Model 19 is very accurate at longer shooting distances.
Yes, reloads are slower than with a semi-auto, but with practice and using quality speedloaders, a respectable reload time can be achieved.
FBI stats show us that a law-abiding citizen, probably isn’t going to fire more than three rounds in a gunfight. I’ve always figured that, as a law-abiding citizen, if I need more than six rounds of .357 Magnum, then my skills aren’t what they should be or I’m someplace I shouldn’t have been to begin with.
My thinking would be different if I was a law enforcement officer. In that case, I would want a double stack semi-auto and as many spare magazines as I could possibly carry.
No matter what gun you carry, practicing and using the common sense that God gave us is the key to being the victor. I usually practice at the range at least once a week. However, because of the coronavirus, I haven’t been to the range in over two weeks and currently I’m doing dry fire practice drills at home.
I also carry a Spyderco tactical knife, Swiss Army knife, small rechargeable Fenix flashlight and an IFAK in an ankle cuff. IFAKs and first aid for gunshot wounds are, in my opinion, too often overlooked by law-abiding citizens that carry.