Ignatius Piazza: Pros and Cons of Pocket Pistols

July 5th, 2010  

I have a video for you this week that is the best example of the pros and cons of carrying a pocket pistol that I have ever seen.

The greatest benefit of a pocket pistol (as the name implies) is it is small enough to fit in your pocket. Because it is small and you can literally carry it in your front pocket or back pocket or jacket pocket, YOU ARE MORE LIKELY TO CARRY IT ALL THE TIME.

Personally I have disciplined myself to carry a full size, major caliber handgun at all times, because in a gun fight, you never wish you had a smaller gun!

If I did carry a pocket pistol, it would be a hammerless S&W Air Weight .38 Special and I would carry it as a back-up.

The greatest down side to carrying a pocket pistol is the fact that it does not shoot a major caliber round and to stop an opponent in his tracks you are most likely going to have to shoot him in the cranio-ocular cavity (between the eyebrows and the moustache).

Most pocket pistols are chambered for .22, .25, .32 or .380 caliber rounds that have pathetic stopping power when shooting to the thoracic cavity.

Think I’m kidding?

Watch this video and then see my further comments…

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You just witnessed the best example of the pros and cons of pockets pistols I could ever show you.

Pros: She had the gun in her pocket, not under the counter or in her purse, or in the lock box. It was in her pocket ready for immediate use when she was on her back and at arms length from her assailant. Great job!

It does not get more real and a gun is never more valuable than when you can smell you opponent’s breath at that critical moment you shoot to survive!

Cons: She hit him at least twice with pocket pistol caliber rounds in the upper torso and likely the head (although not between the eyebrows or moustache) and he ran away like he wasn’t even hit!

True, he stopped his attack.

True, he might die 30 minute later from bleeding internally.

But remember, he only ran away because he was not a very dedicated opponent. Had he been high on drugs or enraged or simply a real bad dude, he would have kept on coming because pocket pistols just don’t pack enough stopping power.

So what is the answer? What is the best choice?

I practice what I preach and so do all the instructors at Front Sight:

Carry the biggest caliber, loaded as hot as you can handle it to deliver two, quick center of mass shots to a target 3-5 yards away, in less than 1.5 seconds. If that does not stop him, then have the skills to quickly follow-up with a single round to the cranio-ocular cavity.

The choice is yours and I’ve dedicated my life to helping you make the right choice!

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Dr. Ignatius Piazza
Founder and Director
Front Sight Firearms Training Institute
P.O. Box 2619
Aptos, CA 95001

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