For my next training thread, I will go over a topic that is not covered enough in my humble opinion. Today, all firearms makers offer many choices of small sized weapons. More often than not, it's just a cut down version of the full size model (i.e. the Glock lineups). This has created a culture of people trying to adapt a firearm to their lifestyles, versus adapting their lifestyles to the firearm. Unfortunately, this can hinder the amount of protection you offer yourself and others. Carrying a concealed weapon is a 100% lifestyle change 100% of the time. If you try to purchase a small weapon for the sake of fitting your current lifestyle, you are short changing yourself. I will quote a line from Clint Smith (Thunder Ranch) "A standard or large sized weapon is big to carry, but it is also big in a fight." Now, pocket pistols have their place in the world of concealed carry, and something is better than nothing. I urge people not to completely dismiss the idea of carrying a full sized pistol as their defensive weapon. Honestly ask yourself what would you want to have in a fight. Would a small pocket pistol with an effective range of about 10 feet be enough, or would something like a full sized 5 inch 1911, or a 4 inch or above revolver (.357, 44 special, etc...)? With the advent of many carry holsters and options that can discreetly hide your service sized firearm, it is worth a good look into. For example, my preferred carry piece is my S&W Sigma .40 caliber auto pistol. This is a double stack pistol with a 4 inch barrel and a capacity of 14 rounds of .40 caliber. Even if I decide not to carry an extra magazine, I have 14 rounds of fight in me before I am dry, and my pistol becomes a stick. I ask people not to buy into the sales pitches of the gun dealer out there saying that you need a compact Glock, S&W, Taurus, etc... in order to effectively defend yourself. With some easy changes, you can effectively carry a full size piece and never worry if you have enough fight at any given point. Pocket pistols have their place, and they are an important asset to the world of defense, but do not dismiss the idea of packing a full size around. Remember, most fights happen at 21 feet. That 21 feet is the same whether you are using a pocket pistol or a full sized pistol. Would you rather be using something that is nearing it's max effective range at 21 feet, of something that is right in it's comfort zone at 21 feet? God bless, and stay trained, and safe.