In the original post, here, the point was simply made, “The ideal sidearm is the one you have in your hand.”
That’s true, in the most base terms, because if whatever you have is all you’ve got, then it is ideal when compared to having an empty hand.
When going beyond that most basic premise, the intellect should be employed to do a bit of pre-response analysis and tool capability comparison, both specification and performance wise.
Here’s a few questions that are also basic, but essential:
- What is the nature of the threat you perceive you will most likely be faced with?
- Is it a single threat, or will there be more than one, such as criminal activity coupled with self-defense against a predatory animal or simply self-defense against criminals or self-defense against predatory animals?
- Do you have, or are you capable of developing the physical strength necessary to not only operate the sidearm chosen effectively, but navigate the physical stress you will be subjected to immediately before, during, and after the threat presents itself? If not, are you willing to put yourself on a program to develop the physical attributes necessary?
- If you anticipate a multiple threat scenario as most likely, does the sidearm you are considering have the ability to hold enough rounds for the initial engagement and then be reloaded quickly for subsequent engagement prior to the cessation of the threat?
- Do you have the discipline to routinely practice techniques necessary for self-defense in both dry and ‘wet’ fire consistently?
- Do you have the equipment necessary to carry your chosen sidearm in a legal manner (until it no longer matters, if every, carrying legally is the way to do it – that way you don’t end up in prison for otherwise lawfully defending yourself or others)?
- What is the largest caliber can you comfortably and repeatedly hit a torso sized target at 10 meters (30 feet)? (Here’s story of self-defense failures against polar bears with a .22LR!)
- What are the specifications of the ammunition you plan on using? Is it capable of sufficient penetration and expansion when coupled with shot placement to stop the threat you’re faced with?
- Have you planned to use the same bullet weight for practice as well as for ‘real world’ carry and self-defense in order to experience very similar recoil and point of aim/impact?
There are many more questions you can ask along these lines – remember – we’re narrowing down the countless choices of sidearms available based on our own personal circumstances. So, should you be new to owning and training with a sidearm, will help you make educated decisions that could save your life or the lives of others.