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Old 04-11-2013, 11:30 AM   #21
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I'll play along a bit here, as these are all questions I throw out there in the Concealed Handgun Carry License classes that I teach. Note that I carry a .40 S&W Glock 27. I always recommend that if you're going to CC, then you need to start playing some "mental games" within your own head. Best if you can get someone else to put a Mean Cap on and start grilling you so that you have an idea of Worst Case Scenario questioning you might receive on the Stand in a criminal or civil proceeding.

Originally Posted by FrontierTCB View Post
While it is possible that a lighter trigger can be used against you in a criminal or civil trial, that can be said about anything.
Why was your weapon loaded with hollow points?
Because that's what Law Enforcement Agencies throughout the country use for self-defense rounds. It helps to mitigate potential collateral damage from a round going through the target with a Full Metal Jacketed round. My thinking is that if LEO carry them for those reasons, then it's safe enough for me for self defense, as well.

Why why did you have a .45 and not a smaller caliber?
Several Law Enforcement Agencies in Arkansas carry .45 ACP pistols for self defense, as well.

Why didn't you warn your attacker before shooting?
I had a split second to react with [the assailant] rushing at me with a knife/gun in his hand.

Why didn't you shoot him in the leg and just wound him like on t.v.?
I felt in danger for my life and that I needed to stop the threat. I'm also not a good enough shot to hit a moving leg, as center of mass is a larger target that doesn't move nearly so much. I also might accidentally hit some innocent person if I try and shoot at a leg and miss.

Why do you carry a gun in the first place? (Chances are most of the jury doesn't ya know)
I have a Concealed Handgun License to protect myself and my family. I carry for the same reason that people have insurance, spare tires in their car and a fire extinguisher in their home - because you never need it, until you need it. It takes x minutes for LE to respond and you have only seconds to react in most situations.

All of these questions can be asked of you BUT they can all be answered completely and intelligently.
Don't sweat the small stuff.
If you practice - or at least do a couple of basic "role playing" session with someone else acting as an aggressive DA/PA or civil attorney - you won't have to, but you actually should sweat the small stuff. At least up to a point. Like with muscle memory, once you practice articulating your thoughts in such a potential situation, you won't really have to sweat the small stuff.

BTW, I agree with Massad Ayoob, as well. Lightening the trigger pull on your CCW equates to "hair triggers" to the un-initiated and the anti-gun folks. Why risk it?

I also feel that there's not enough technical justification to alter the trigger pull on a self-defense firearm that you, in all likelihood, will never need - or at least we can hope we'll never need it. This thinking on my part includes increasing the trigger pull on a firearm. In fact, for increasing the trigger pull, you might conceivably cause yourself to be killed, should it take you that extra half-second to pull when a Bad Guy is almost on you with a knife, blunt object or even fists.

By all means, if you think you'll feel better about it, go ahead. I'm not saying doing either is "stupid". I just don't at all recommend either act. LE don't modify carry firearms for similar reasons.

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