WHAT TYPE OF AMMUNITION SHOULD TO USE FOR SELF DEFENSE
The ammunition you use for self and home defense (this link will take you to Part 1) must be accurate, reliable, and capable of delivering a hard hit to stop the target. The defensive round must hit its target, and preferably stay inside its target and deliver enough power on impact to stop the target from continuing his attack. The best ammunition that will do this is the hollow point bullet, which is designed to expand on impact or the frangible bullet, which is designed to come apart on impact inside the body. Both of these type of bullets expend the bulk of their energy into their target and deliver that energy with maximum force where it is
needed most to stop the target. Both of these bullets are designed to hit the target and stay inside the target, so they are less likely to just go through the target and hit an innocent bystander or go through walls, as do the Full Metal Jacketed (FMJ) bullets. One of the disadvantages of the hollow point in the semi-autos is that some of these bullets may cause a malfunction while feeding into the chamber, due to the shape of the bullet nose getting hung up in the feeding ramp while being pushed into the chamber. Due to this possible problem, it is advised that you shoot at least 250 rounds of the hollow point or frangible bullet through the handgun of your choice. There also many different manufactures of these types of bullets and you should also try rounds
from these different manufactures to get the “best fit” for your weapon. Time and money spent doing this testing is well worth the time and expense, as it is your life and the life of your family that are at stake. Thus for the self and home defense ammunition, either the hallow point or the frangible are the best choice.
WHAT TYPE OF GEAR TO USE FOR SELF DEFENSE
After selecting your weapon and ammunition, you need to select the gear, holster and belt, and you need to carry it. Your method of carry is just a personal choice. You want to carry to be convenient, comfortable and very discreet. There is a very large selection of carry holsters and methods of carry: strong side hip; back pocket; front pocket; small-of-the-back; ankle; cross carry; weak side shoulder; or off-body carry in a purse, briefcase, or fanny pack.
How you carry depends on how you dress; if you wear a coat and tie, you can carry almost any method and any size weapon, as your coat will cover your weapon; with
Outside the Waistband (OWB) being the most popular, if you wear just a T-shirt and shorts, you most likely would carry Inside the Waistband. In the winter
with a large coat, Inside the Waistband would be a hard carry. Therefore, consideration of your dress will determine the best method of carry. You should not just buy a cheap holster, as if you spend $500-$800 for your weapon, you should spend $60-$100 for a good holster that will safely carry and protect your weapon. The holster should be made for your specific weapon and have a good tight fit for your weapon and will securely and safely hold your weapon in place until you need to draw your weapon. There are many good holster makers that make excellent holster in leather and in plastic.
YOU HAVE PICKED YOUR GUN, AMMUNITION AND GEAR, NOW WHAT?
Now that you have chosen your handgun, your ammunition and gear, you need to go to a professional weapons instructor and range to get expert training on the proper and safe use of your weapon and practice, practice on the use of your weapon. Safety is the most important aspect of owning, stowing and carrying a concealed weapon.
FIREARM SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR HOME AND SELF DEFENSE
1. ALWAYS ASSUME that the firearm is ALWAYS loaded; until YOU prove that it is NOT LOADED; when first picking up a firearm, being handed a firearm by a friend or otherwise, YOU MUST ALWAYS check for yourself that the firearm is NOT LOADED. (NEVER TAKE THE WORD OF ANOTHER PERSON THAT THE GUN IS NOT LOADED). Countless persons have been shot and killed by a weapon that the holder stated, “I did not know it was loaded, and I just pulled the trigger”. To check that a revolver is unloaded: swing out the cylinder and ensure that all of the bullets are out of the cylinder. To check a semi-auto is unloaded: eject the magazine, rack back and lock the slide ( this will extract the bullet that was in the chamber), look or feel that the chamber is NOT LOADED, then release the slide forward. NOW YOU KNOW THAT THE FIREARM IS NOT LOADED. 2. ALWAYS POINT the firearm DOWN RANGE: NEVER POINT the firearm at something you are NOT willing to KILL. 3. NEVER PUT YOUR finger on the trigger, until you are ready to shoot.
Your professional weapons instructor will provide you with all the proper requirements for the safe use and maintenance of your weapon. The safe stowage of your weapon at home is most important, especially if you have children at home. Most states require that you have
your weapons locked in a safe location where the children can never have access to the weapons, while in your home. Be sure to check all federal, state and local laws for the storage and carrying of your weapon, both at home and in your car while traveling. If you fail to obey the law, no matter how well intentioned you are, you could be in deep trouble with the law, and wind up in jail.