I found this quote on another forum and it hit me that it is probably one of the most accurate statements I have read so much that I added it to my signature line.
"A first-rate man with a third-rate gun is far more effective, in every practical sense, than the other way around."
There will always be banter back and forth about which gun, which ammo, which holster, grip, stance or underwear is the best most magical combination to defend yourself with and let us not forget the statistics that say which caliber to use or tactical cologne to wear to win a self defense encounter. In reality none of it makes any difference it has and always will be the man behind the gun with the skills, training and determination to survive that will be victorious.
Ask a veteran of S.E. Asia, his enemy was often farmers and peasants who could not even read or write much less operate complex machinery but on a daily basis created casualties of US servicemen. It was not that they were better trained or equipped, they had other skills, determination, and the will to do what they did.
I am not knocking anyone's beliefs, equipment or skill level I am simply trying to get some to think about what they are doing.
If you are nervous about carrying, carry more! In the house, in the yard wherever get over it.
If you only carry sometimes because you are in not danger here or there, STOP. Carry everywhere, everytime. You will not dictate the circumstances of a SD encounter the BG will.
If you do not carry a round in the chamber start!
It does not make any difference what Youtube video you have seen about the Israeli Modified whatever or Billy Bob's Home Defense Network.
You will not have time nor the state of mind to draw, chamber a round and engage your target before he is on top of you at contact distances. The simple fact of life is if you are carrying a modern, name brand firearm it will not discharge unless something pulls the trigger so is therefore safe to carry with a round in the chamber.
If you do not feel confident enough try this. Start with the holster off, chamber a round, holster the weapon and then put it all on as a unit, then leave it alone. The gun will not do tricks, come out of the holster on it's own or become possessed by demons. When you get home at night take the holster off as a unit, clear the weapon and repeat as needed.
There is no gadget, toy, light, laser, trigger, grip or anything else that will take the place of pure determination and training. So often people try to substitute things for training. Want to lose weight? You don't have to exercise take this pill and you have to do nothing. This is the mentality that we are falling victim to.
You dont have to train you went through your course and completed what was mandated and made a perfect score on the shooting portion. Of course you did not shoot your carry gun the recoil is to bad, ammo is to expensive, your new holster is not in yet, you shot a loaner .22 but it is all the same.
Yes that is your God given, constitutional right and nobody is going to dictate when or how much training I will have, well the truth is no one should have to. If you cannot draw and fire making a head shot at 7 yards in a couple of seconds you better go back and practice somemore. The life of a loved one may depend on it.
The problem is you are betting your life on those skills. Are they good enough? Could you rely on them to keep you alive? Learn to fight with your weapon not just shoot it. If you want to read and quote the statistics, great, then be prepared to shoot the BG to the ground because he did not get the memo about 2.1 rounds from a .22 is supposed to make him leave you alone.
Quit relying on gimmicks and gadgets, get out and train, go shoot, buy an airsoft do something, because one day you will run into that first-rate guy with a third-rate gun and he will not be impressed with your magnum master blaster and custom made holster. He will simply take whatever he wants, up to and including your life, and go on about his business.