Glock 19 gen 4
I love that feeling of tension when you are raising your firearm to shoot. I mean, at the range. There was only one time when I was about to draw and fire my weapon (Glock 19 Gen4 reviewed by Gunivore.com). I had actually witnessed someone being dragged away into an alley. This was probably related to some crime organization or other underworld fued. I saw this happen from the corner of my eye, and it reminded me later of the famous alley scene from Training Day. Man, that is a good movie. I should watch it again. It has a great soundtrack.
Anyway, in my case, the cops showed up just as I was about to head into the alley. Maybe they were tipped off, or maybe it was coincidence, but suddenly a few of our finest were on the scene, and I knew my place and got the hell out of there, fast. It is important to be aware of your surroundings, and part of gun-ownership is that awareness. It is just as important to know when to bow out and get the hell away from somewhere.
I trust my Glock with my life. What I mean to say is that I would trust it when the chips were down and it was time to take action. As a civilian, we don’t have orders, procedure, or protocol. If we draw a weapon, it is too fire. No “get down on your knees”, no “put your hands where I can see ‘em”. Nothing of the sort. If you are a citizen, you draw to shoot and you shoot to kill. It is not an easy thing to come to terms with. Thankfully, most civilian gun-carriers are responsible carriers, and a major percentage of them will never have to draw and fire. BUT, it is important to have the ability to defend oneself and one’s friends and family. It is important to educate yourself about safety, about regular maintenance and adequate handling of a firearm. These things are meant to kill – no two ways about it.
Some guns, rifles, and shotguns are meant for sports purposes only. And hey, there aren’t too many clay pigeons looking to rob people at the ATM at three in the monring, right? But most weapons are weapons, meant for death and destruction. Self-defense sometimes means seriously wounding or perhaps even taking the life of someone else. To carry a gun is to say that you are ready to face such a thing.
We humans have what is called a ‘fight or flight’ response. It is only when we are in a real emergency situation that we are able to see what we are made of. This is true to civilians as much as it is true to police, soldiers, and agents. The latter group trusts their weapons with their lives every day. Combat soldiers especially are trained in such a way that they form a connection with their weapon. Before WWII or possibly the Korean War, a soldier being discharged had the option of purchasing his service weapon.