OK So most Walmarts for the most part nowadays are very large. They are also very universal to a large part of the population. Almost everybody has to go there at some point for some occasion, they have pretty much saturated our society and made themselves indisposable. They all have multiple ingress and egress points. They also have multiple areas that are pretty secluded. The chances of something going on in one part of the store and you not knowing anything about it is pretty great. This means you could completely go in and out and miss an incident or walk right into it. Ill get back to that.
My particular store is about 5 miles from my house. It is the ONLY one in our entire county. That means EVERYBODY uses it. I am a dual juvenile/adult probation officer for our Circuit Court. So our offenders and local riff raff are also included in the EVERYBODY using this store. I rarely ever go there without seeing at least one I know from our office. We tend to be more hated than regular LEO. Previously in my career, I have had to take a drunken offender down at gunpoint threatening me with a knife, while in a secluded corner in a Walmart. I carried my Glock 23 exclusvively then, but now have the luxury of having a nice pocket gun in my M&P 340. I recently worked a case regarding a domestic brawl in our local Wally involving blunt weapons and over 5 people involved. This weather tends to push me to drop that J-Frame in a pocket and make Wally runs when needed.
This evening I went to go there and picked up my M&P 340 stoked with GDHP in 357. The recent brawl combined with a TV interview I recently saw made me strap on the 23 under my Tshirt and shorts. The interview was with the off duty LEO that was the first repsonder in the mall shooting in SLC Utah. The thing I remember him saying was he wished he had more than the small number of rounds in his Compact 1911 off duty gun.
For any of us who have the choice I would be willing to bet you feel more comfortable with your bigger gun in your hand. I am most proficient and comfortable with my 23. My 340 isnt going anywhere but it has a different role. It will be a BUG and a church gun, and a primary in a very limited role. I have gauged it and the level of sweat and discomfort between the two is really a minimal difference and we know a little sweat on my Glock isnt gonna make a lot of problem.
So who can understand my position on this and or expand on it any? My job and the tendency to be without backup in very isolated locations with known criminals and their families keeps me vigilant in considering scenarios and how I would handle them when confronted. My ordinary citizen/quasi LEO status also leaves me to consider things that most dont need to. Give me your thoughts and if I have lead you to think about this differently or if you will just keep doing it as you do and carry a tiny gun for summer because it is more comfortable.