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The Reason We Sell

I read most of every gun magazine that hits the stands. I’m a gun guy and a firearms instructor and much of the information that’s in those magazines helps me be better at what I do. That said, I can’t help but notice most of the wording on the front of the magazines, in the advertisements and in the article titles is designed to sell guns. “Rimfire fun! .22 Long Rifle Conversions”, “.45 ACP PERFECTION!”, “Sexiest XDm Ever!”, “9mm CC Shoot Out!” Makes you want one, right! Or two, or all of them!

Hi Cap .45I’m all for selling guns. I’m in the business. And like any business owner, I’ve got rent to pay, suppliers to keep happy and employees I want to take care of. I can’t do all of that without selling guns, along with the ammunition, accessories and training to go along with them. But to me, it’s not about selling merchandise as much as it is about helping people. You see, deep down in my heart of hearts I believe people should be able to defend themselves. I believe they should be able to stand up against a tyrannical government, if it becomes necessary. And I believe people in a free country should be able to responsibly own guns because they’re cool, they’re fun to shoot and frankly, just because they want them.

So I’m not down on the fancy, eye-grabbing magazine covers or article titles designed to create the desire or need for this firearm or that firearm. But I am down on some of the marketing techniques that suggest to people that are brand new to firearms that this is the gun they need to own, when in fact it probably isn’t.

Let me give you some examples. A recent article in a popular gun magazine  was titled “Today’s Top 12 Concealed Carry Pocket Pistols”. The intro went like this:

Want something that is powerful and portable? Compact yet capable? Omnipresent but not overwhelming? Well, there are many choices out there, with a broad selection of compact autopistols and revolvers (as well as interesting derringers and the like) in powerful and capable chamberings available.

The listing started off with the S&W Bodyguard .380 auto pistol. Okay, I will sell you one of these if you give me every indication that you know what it is and why you want it. But if you’re a first time pistol buyer, especially if you’re  woman, I am not going to sell you that gun without insisting first that you go rent one and shoot it. Even then, I’ll want you to look over some of the ballistics charts and hopefully, understand just why a .380 is such a minimal caliber for personal defense.

The other day one of our students showed up at a Handgun 101 class with a Ruger LCP.  Not a Ruger LC380, but an LCP. She wanted to learn everything about her gun because the next day she was coming to a License to Carry Class. I must confess, without singling her out, I kind of dissed her gun. Not hers specifically, but I did talk about little guns, little calibers and the shortcomings of them, pointing out that it’s not just about the effectiveness or non-effectiveness of the .380 round. I discussed recoil and how difficult it is for a small lightweight gun to absorb recoil, leaving your hands to do it. I discussed additional facts that in my humble, but somewhat educated and informed opinion, are important to know. Facts like:  the little guns like the bodyguard don’t hold much ammo, they don’t offer much to hold on to, they have a short barrel and short sight radius and in general are just not very easy to shoot accurately and effectively. And most importantly, the ammunition they shoot is not very powerful compared to just moving up one notch in caliber.

The student in my class smiled throughout my little discussion and seemed to not have her feelings hurt. The next day she passed the License to Carry Shooting qualification with her bodyguard. She passed, but not with flying colors. She asked the instructors if she could shoot again with another group, this time using one of our 9mm handguns. They pulled a SAR B6 9mm out of our loaner bag and she shot the qualification test again, this time with a much higher score.

In my mind the bottom line of this story should be that she came back to our shop and bought a SAR B6. But that’s not what happened. She’d spent hard-earned money on that Bodyguard and at least for now, that’s the one that will have to do.

Beretta Pico

Okay, here’s another article, this one from Personal Defense World. The article’s title was:  380 Pocket Pistols Under $700 That Deliver Instant Self-Defense.  The first gun on their list was a Beretta Pico. Now I love Berettas.  The M9, the PX-4 Storm — these are great pistols. The Nano, not bad, but the Pico is just too darned little.

Here is how they tout it:  “At only 11.5 ounces, the ultra-compact Beretta Pico pistol is easy to carry all day long. Chambered in .380 ACP, the Pico was designed by Beretta to be flat and snag free, so that it slips into a pocket or holster without any obvious bulges.”

No doubt it’s easy to carry, but as I’ve said to my students many times. Carrying isn’t the objective. Defending yourself is. If the only objective is to carry, we’d all carry lightweight, snag-free tiny little pocket guns. But the objective is really to have a gun that will defend you.

I’ve yet to see any of the Picos shot in my classes fire more than two or three rounds without some type of stoppage. It’s probably not the gun, but the shooter, trying to hold the gun in way that lets it function.

My purpose in this article is not to be critical of a bunch of different guns, but to make you think twice about whether or not the gun you want to carry for personal defense will actually do the job of defending you.

I bought a little .380 myself. It’s a Taurus 738 that fits in a little pouch that you can put on your belt and most people would think it’s cell phone or PDA. I shoot it occasionally, just for fun. But do I carry I carry it for self-defense? Only if I want an additional backup gun.

Shoot Like a GirlI want you to think about something. What kind and size of guns do the police carry?  What kind and size of guns to the LTC instructors you may know carry? You don’t find them carrying little guns. You don’t find them carrying small calibers. Or, if you do, I can almost guarantee you they are new to the business. Those of us who have really studied what goes on in the real world, those of us who have shot a lot of different guns, those of us who have studied real-world ballistics, rather than the fancy headlines in magazines and advertisements, are pretty careful about what guns we carry. Those of us who are instructors and who sell guns, have totally different perspective on what we recommend than does a typical gun salesman in a retail establishment.

Let me suggest to you that before you buy your next gun you seek out a veteran instructor. Let that instructor talk to you about your shooting experience, about your need for the gun, how you intend to use it. Then try to shoot one if you can. I’ve told the guys at my shop that if it’s not the right gun for you, they can only sell it to you if you have been advised of how it may or may not work for you and you are twisting their arm and throwing money at them.

We need your money, believe me, we do. But we want you to have a gun, or guns, that you like to shoot and can shoot well, and which will stop bad guys if that’s what you need. If you just need the gun to punch holes in paper or put game on the table, maybe it’s not as critical. But if there’s a chance you would have to use the gun to defend your life, we want it to be capable of doing that. Let me say that another way. If you’re a lady, I wouldn’t sell you a gun for personal defense that I wouldn’t provide for my wife for that same purpose. If you’re a girl, I’ll have to take that analogy to my daughters-in-law and my granddaughters because I don’t have a daughter, but you get my drift.

Comfortable or Comforting – Why Not Both?

Clint Smith, well-known firearms and self-defense trainer has a saying:  “Carrying a concealed handgun is not supposed to be comfortable, but comforting.” Okay, if you can’t comfortably carry, I guess I can go with that. But, I carry comfortably every day, and I know others who do as well and most of us carry BIG guns.

Here’s another saying that has merit:  “Same gun, same place, every day.”  I don’t remember where I heard that one, but I’m pretty sure it was another well-respected firearms trainer. If I were just an armed citizen, I’d probably go with that and if I did, it would probably be my Sig Sauer 1911 Emperor Scorpion Commander. When I do carry that gun, using my D.M. Bullard belt, IWB holster and dual magazine carrier for my two spare magazines, I rarely give it a second thought except to touch it from time-to-time to remind myself it’s there or to practice my draw, which I still do several times a day. When I shoot that gun, it goes “bang” every time I pull the trigger and the bullet holes go right where I expect them to go. I have confidence in that rig and I find it both comfortable and comforting.

I’m not just an armed citizen, however. I’m an instructor, certified by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the National Rifle Association and Texas Law Shield, entrusted with the responsibility to help other armed citizens prepare to defend themselves and their families, should the need arise. And I’m a firearms dealer. So with those added responsibilities, comes the need to broaden my experience so that it encompasses a variety of firearms and carry rigs. In order to honor that responsibility, I make it a practice to carry different guns from time to time.

You might be surprised by the size of them. My first daily carry gun was a Taurus 24/7 Pro. After that a Smith & Wesson M&P. Both guns are available in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP, all with the same external dimensions, so carrying a .45 takes no more space than carrying a 9mm.  For a while I carried a Springfield XDm 45 with 4.4 inch barrel. Each of these guns I’ve carried in an inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster worn at approximately 3 o’clock with one or more spare magazine pouches carried IWB at 9 o’clock.

When I joined the 1911 bandwagon, it was with a Commander-sized handgun. In 1911 parlance, Commander means 4.25 inch barrel, full-length grip. Sometimes you’ll see the barrels as 4 inch or 4.2 inch, but generally 4.25. I find I can carry a Commander-sized 1911 with 9 rounds of .45 ACP, using a Colt flush-bottom magazine and I’m both comforted and comfortable.

What about other guns, those bigger ones I mentioned? All this week I’ve been carrying a Sig Sauer P229. I had ordered a D.M. Bullard holster for a P226, knowing it would also fit a P229 and just to make sure I wouldn’t be misleading anyone if I recommended it, I put on that holster, along with a dual mag carrier that holds two double stack 9-mm magazines, and here it is Thursday and I can’t say I’ve had an uncomfortable moment. That’s a nice gun, sixteen rounds of 9mm in it and 30 more rounds in case the terrorists show up when I’m eating lunch somewhere or maybe even at my office.IWB Carry

These pictures are not me. This is just a new shooter, trying stuff out, but look, he’s already figured out he can wear his shirt tail out or tuck it in, and he can keep his gun hidden from prying eyes, even when it’s not a tiny pocket pistol.

This is repetitive from some of my earlier articles, but here it is one more time:

  1. Get a GUN belt – not just a regular belt. A GUN belt – thick leather, two layers, made specifically for guns. I have belts made by Crossbreed and by D.M. Bullard that fit the bill.
  2. Buy your pants a little larger than normal, maybe even two inches larger, you’ll have to experiment. Most of my pants have some elastic in the waist, so that helps, but for you skinny guys and gals, just buckle down and buy you some bigger pants.
  3. Get a good IWB holster from somebody like D.M. Bullard and White Hat (we sell both of those at Texas Gun Pros), Alien Gear, or Crossbreed. I’ve heard others rave about Milt Sparks and Galco, but I tried both of those and went back to my Crossbreed or D.M. Bullard holsters. Probably just a matter of preference.
  4. Get a spare magazine carrier to go with your holster. You can’t carry too much ammo. All of that “if I can’t get them in 6 shots . . .” is head-in-the-sand baloney. You do not KNOW what you might encounter from which you would need to defend yourself or your family.
  5. Wear your gun and your spare magazines every day, all day. If it’s not comfortable at first, make small adjustments here and there until you are comfortable. You can comfortably carry.
  6. Summertime, wintertime, it makes no difference. A gun on your hip doesn’t care how long your pants are, so all of this “I need a smaller gun in the summertime” just doesn’t make sense if you REALLY DO WANT TO DEFEND YOURSELF or your family.

 

What I Like About Taurus

Taurus 24/7The first semi-automatic handgun I spent any time with was a 9mm Taurus 24/7 Pro. I used it to qualify for my Texas Concealed Handgun License and I carried it for the first year or two of concealed carry. When I began to understand the advantages to bigger bullets, I added a .40 caliber 24/7 Pro and then a .45. If you look way back at some of my early blog articles, you’ll see where I did some comparisons, noting the external dimensions were the same, but the inside diameter of the barrel and the size and capacity of the magazine were where you saw differences.

As I was learning about handguns and trying different ones, I somehow let the original Taurus handguns get away. When Taurus came out with the G2 version, it just didn’t feel right to me. I liked the old ones better. Some years passed before I got another of the original, a .45, but I have one now and I don’t believe I’ll ever let it get away. There’s nothing particularly great about it, but there’s nothing to complain about either. It’s just a good, solid, reliable .45 that looks nice and shoots well.

Taurus PT111 and Taurus 809CThere are two Taurus pistols I find myself recommending frequently, especially to new shooters looking for a concealed carry or personal defense pistol. Those two are the PT-111 and the PT-809C. These are about the same size. One has a hammer and one is striker-fired. You can get similar models ins .40 S&W, but I usually recommend the 9mm. The capacity for each is 12 + 1. The size of these firearms compares quite favorably to many of the single-stack 9mms that are so popular like the M&P Shield, Glock 43, Springfield XDS, but they carry 13 rounds instead of 6 or 7. To me, it just makes more sense to have more ammo, especially when the guns aren’t that much difference in size. Yes, they’re a little thicker, but with the right holster that won’t make much difference to the majority of people willing to just try it.

Taurus .327 MagnumI’d me remiss if I didn’t talk about some of the Taurus revolver family. They make so many different models I find them hard to keep up with, but I own a couple that are worthy of the missions I’ve assigned them. My little Taurus .327 Federal Magnum revolver is in the center console of the wife’s Denali. It’s a great back-up gun in a worthy caliber, ready for action if needed. For fun, you can shoot tame .32 Long or .32 Short or if you want a little more, .32 H&R Magnum. Or you can load it up, as I usually do, with the ammo it’s made for, .327 Federal Magnum and you’ll be well-defended.

Taurus .22 Magnum TrackerAnd in the Jeep, in a bug out bag, is a Model 992 Tracker with .22 Magnum and .22 Long Rifle cylinders. It will do for dispatching varmints, for gathering small game for food, and even protection if needed. The long barrel helps with accuracy, you can sight it like a rifle if you want to, and the sturdy frame can stand a lot of abuse, not that I abuse it any, but it is in the back compartment of the Jeep.

Taurus owns Heritage and we shoot a lot of their little .22s in our training classes. They also own Rossi, and I’m a real fan of Rossi reproduction rifles. When you buy a Taurus, you’re buying a lifetime guarantee, and though I’ve seen references to customer service problems in the past, the few times I’ve dealt with Taurus customer service, they’ve been extremely helpful and very prompt with their service.

PT1911One area in which Taurus doesn’t get its just dues is with their 1911 models. Taurus builds their 1911s well and they include something like 17 features that gun guys have been taking their Colt and other 1911 models to gunsmiths for years to have added. Feature for feature, it’s hard to beat a Taurus 1911. They are offered in .45 ACP and 9mm and with a variety of finishes. If you’re not a 1911 person, but think you’d like to try one, the economics and the quality of a Taurus PT-1911 should make it an attractive option to consider.

Handgun Observations from an Owner/Shooter/Instructor

I like guns and especially handguns. I use handguns on a daily basis for personal protection, for instruction and for fun. I like shotguns and rifles, too, but they are not day-to-day companions like handguns. While reading a book on Sig Sauer written by Maas Ayoob, I started thinking about how he shared his experiences with various models and it occurred to me that my readers, gunshop customers and students of our various classes might enjoy reading about my experiences with various handguns they may be considering.

So, I set about to write separate articles on the brands that I’ve come to appreciate, listed not in an order of any kind of favorites, but in Alphabetical Order. They are:

I hope you enjoy the separate articles, and hopefully they will help you in some of your own gun-buying experiences.

What I Like About Beretta

Beretta is the oldest name in firearms manufacturing. The company has had the same family ownership for well over 500 years. Beretta is the current supplier of handguns for the majority of the United States Army personnel that use handguns and is in the running for the next generation of handgun the Army may choose.

Stoeger Cougar 9mm

Stoeger Cougar 9mm

My first Beretta was a Cougar, Model 8000. Actually, it wasn’t really Beretta, but was a Stoeger Cougar. Beretta designed the Cougar line and produced it for many years, but when they acquired the Turkish company Stoeger, for some reason, they moved the Cougar tooling to that location and Stoeger started producing the Cougars. They come in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP, but mine was a 9mm. This is a sturdy gun, very easy to operate, accurate and trouble-free. My son Phillip owns it now, so it’s still in the family and we use it in some of our instruction classes to introduce new folks to handguns. It now sports a nice-looking set of wood grips.

I followed up the Cougar with a PX-4 Storm 9mm. One thing that sets the PX-4 and Cougar apart is the way their barrel lock/unlock mechanism operates. When the gun is fired, the barrel rotates almost a quarter of a turn before it unlocks and starts rearward. This turn actually absorbs some of the recoil, making these guns relatively soft-shooters. They’re made of steel, so their weight helps absorb recoil as well. I find the slides easy to operate on both guns and when we use them for our Handgun 101 classes, many of the students also find them easy to operate.

Beretta PX-4 Storm

PX-4 Storm

The PX-4 comes in several configurations.  The Type C has no external safety. Type F has an ambidextrous external safety/de-cocker and Type G has the ambidextrous lever, but it only works as a de-cocker, not as a safety. Mine came from the factory as Type F, but I converted it to Type G when I was using it as a carry gun. The safety on these guns is pushed up to go off and to me that’s an unnatural motion that I would just as soon not have to deal with when under pressure.

If you practice good trigger control an external safety is simply an extra item that is not needed in a handgun, especially if the safety is somewhat hard to get off. These guns are double/single action guns, so the double-action first trigger pull is plenty of safety.

Beretta makes the PX-4 in Compact and Sub-Compact models. Both work well for concealed carry. The Sub-Compact does not have the barrel-rotation recoil-reducing feature that the Compact and Full-Size models have. All of the models discussed come with 3-dot sights. I’ve had night-sights installed on both the Cougar and the PX-4.

Beretta M9

Beretta M9

My next Beretta was an M-9, the military designation of the Model 92F. I don’t shoot this gun much, but I’ve no doubt it’s a fine shooter. People in the military seem to have a love/hate relationship with them, but that’s true of all military guns. I’ve noticed that a whole bunch of former Army guys who come through our License to Carry class are shooting Beretta M9s as their personal defense guns.

Beretta Stampede

Beretta Stampede 45 Colt

Beretta Bobcat

Beretta Bobcat

I’ve got two more Berettas. One is a Beretta Bobcat 25. I took it in on trade and consider it just a nice-to-have small gun. It’s a tip-up model that might come in handy if you just absolutely have no strength to rack the slide on any type of semi-automatic handgun.  The other is a cowboy gun, a 45 Colt Beretta Stampede. It’s the prettiest of my cowboy guns. It shoots pretty accurately and could be used for self-defense if needed.

What I Like About Colt

Other than my fascination with Cowboy guns, I saw no reason to buy a Colt semi-automatic and had witnessed a lot of reasons not to. Second only to Kimber, for the first three years we were in the handgun license training business we saw more failure to feed (FTF) and failure to eject (FTE) issues with Colts than other brands. To be fair, the Colts showing up at our classes ranged from old WWII models somebody’s daddy had in a drawer for 40 years without cleaning, to new production Colt New Agents and other small guns, somewhat prone to fail anyway if you don’t hold them correctly. Why would I buy a Colt if all I got was grief? Historically, Colt has been a great brand, but their ownership has changed often over the years and quality control seemed to have taken a beating at times.

Colt LW Commander

Colt LW Commander

Things changed a couple of years ago when a wholesaler’s rep called with some special offers, one of which was a Colt 1991 model at a very affordable price. The price was so good I bought the gun just to say I’d owned a Colt. It surprised me. It worked, and it shot quite well. I kept it for awhile and decided since I my preference is for Commander-sized 1911s (4.25 inch barrels), which I find easier to carry and conceal, I sold the original Colt for a profit and bought a Colt Commander. Loved it! I loved it so much I sold it and immediately bought a Lightweight Colt Commander to replace it. I toyed with that Commander a bit, putting on first this set of grips, then that set of grips on it, until I settled on a set of nice Colt-branded rosewood grips. That Colt is now in my daily carry rotation and I’m proud to wear the Colt cap when I’m carrying it. I can shoot it well and I’ve never had any type of feeding or ejection issues with it.

Colt M45A1

Colt M45A1

Once I got over my hesitancy to own a Colt, another one caught my eye, this one a Marine Close Quarters Combat pistol, the M45A1. I like this gun so much, I bought a custom-leather inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster for it. I’ve shot all my favorite defensive rounds in it with no failures and some pretty good bragging rights targets. I’m now a Colt fan. I finally got my D.M. Bullard leather holster broken in so the big Colt draws easily from it. I carry this gun when I’m feeling frisky and I feel good about the history behind Colt and our fighting forces.

I have a Colt 1911 .22 made by Walther and imported by Umarex. And, I’ll someday, probably, I hope, own a real Ace .22 Colt 1911 that belongs to my mother-in-law. My father-in-law bought it during WWI for her home protection while he was away at sea. They didn’t pay a lot for it then, but since there weren’t many of these made, it now has a significant value attached to it for collectors. She wants to hang onto it, but I asked her to put a note in the box saying when she’s gone, David gets the Colt. We’ll see.

All of my Cowboy guns are clones, but the handguns mimic the Colt Peacemaker Model 1873. Now that was a gun!

What I Like About Sig Sauer

SP2022

Sig Sauer SP2022

Here is my upfront disclaimer – I love Sig Sauer Handguns! My history with them started right after I got my first Concealed Handgun License. At that time Cheaper Than Dirt Outdoor Adventures in North Fort Worth ran weekly promos and posted them on their website. It was worth checking every week to see what was on sale that week. One week I saw a Cheaper Than Dirt ad for a Sig Sauer SP2022 for $399. My buddy who really knew guns told me that was an unheard of price for a Sig Sauer. He said he had never seen a new Sig of any kind for less than $500. So at his urging I bought one. At the time I knew very little about semi-automatics and the fact that this was a double-action only pistol didn’t bother me. When I took it to the range, however, that little fact became a real downer. This particular gun had apparently been set up for a police department concerned with liability so much they wanted to make sure their triggers were never pulled accidentally. It had a 14-pound trigger pull! Not for just the first shot, but for every shot. I joked with my buddy that I could start that trigger pull, go to the bathroom, get a cup of coffee and be back at the firing lane before the trigger reached the breaking point. Then for the next shot I’d have to do the same thing all over again. This was not a very good introduction to Sigs.

Fortunately, I was able to sell that gun and replace it with a double-single action version of the same gun. That was more like it. The SP2022 has a polymer frame where most of the other Sigs before that time and even after it, have steel frames. That’s why the lower price. But as far as quality goes, you can’t really tell any difference between an SP2022 and say a P226 or P228 that cost several hundred dollars more. Mine is a 9mm, but you can also get this gun in a .40 S&W. It’s a great value.

P226

Sig Sauer P226 Elite

My second Sig was almost given to me. I traded a gun of a much lesser value for it, and my buddy knew it was a disparate trade, but he just wanted me to have a P226. It’s a P226 Elite .40. I carried this gun a bunch when I first got it. Shot it a lot, too. I’m going to be perfectly honest with you. There’s nothing not to like about this gun for most people, but for me carrying it is a problem because the extended beaver tail gouges me in the ribs. I’ve got a lot of guns with beaver tails that don’t, but this one does. And it’s a .40 caliber. Great defensive caliber, unless you have arthritis, and I do. So I’ve backed way off on shooting .40s. For home or car defense, though this gun is great! And I think I’ll always keep it because it was really more of a gift than a trade.

I’ve got another P226, this one a 9mm. It’s a Legion model, which means it has several features that set it apart. This list is straight from Sig’s promo on the gun.

Sig Legion226

Sig P226 Legion

  • Reduced and Contoured Elite Beavertail
  • Frame Relieved Under Trigger Guard
  • Legion Gray PVD Finish on Slide and Frame
  • Custom High Checkered G-10 Grips
  • Grayguns Intermediate Reach Adjustable Trigger
  • Enhanced Action with Short Reset Trigger
  • Low Profile Slide Catch and Decocking Levers
  • Solid Steel Guide Rod
  • Electro-optics X-RAY™ High Visibility Day/Night Sights
  • Enhanced Checkering on Front Strap and Under Trigger Guard
Sig Sauer M11-A1

Sig Sauer M11-A1

The Grayguns trigger makes this gun a joy to shoot. There is a P229 Legion that has a shorter barrel. I see it exists, but can’t find any in stock as of this writing. What I have found is an M11, which is the Military designation for a hybrid between the P228 and P229. Sig has mixed the features up between these two models from time to time, so there’s not a whole lot of difference in some of them. The technical aspects on the originals say the P229 has a milled stainless steel slide; whereas the P228 has a folded carbon steel slide. Supposedly the P228’s construction is fine for 9mm, but not for the heavier .357 and .40 calibers. Whether you have a P228 or P229 in hand, either one is basically a shorter barreled P226. The M11 is cool because it’s issued to various branches of the military and is Flat Dark Earth in color.

Sig Emperor Scorpion Carry Pistol

Sig Emperor Scorpion Carry Commander

My favorite Sig pistol also happens to be pretty close to my favorite pistol of all. It makes me look good at the range and it makes me feel good when I carry it. It’s an Emperor Scorpion Carry 1911 Commander. When I do carry it, which is often, I have nine rounds of .45 ACP on tap with another 30 rounds in spare magazines on my belt on my support side ready to go. The gun is thin, with a rounded butt, which makes it easy to carry and conceal and when I shoot it, I’ve been able to consistently put 9 rounds into a hole the size of a quarter from 10 to 12 feet away. I have done this every time I’ve shot this gun, regardless of the ammunition used. I don’t have any other guns that do that. So I guess you could call it my “go to” gun, the handgun I would grab if I could only grab one when the excrement hits the fan.

We sell a lot of Sig Sauer handguns in our gun shop and we see a lot of them on the gun range during our classes. All of us at Texas Gun Pros have confidence in them. And, we like them. There are other models I haven’t covered. The Sig P250 is a modular gun with the ability to transform in size and capacity. The Sig P320 is a striker-fired handgun with the same features. As far as I’m concerned, there is nothing not to like about them. The Sig 938 is a single-stack 9mm that Sig says is their best-seller. If a single-stack 9mm is your cup of tea, the 938 is one of the best options available.

Sig Sauers are pricey compared to a lot of other brands, but they’re worthy of the extra price tag. They are well-made, very accurate, durable and reliable. And though many of them are made in America, they’re basically German engineering. So think of them as the BMW of the gun manufacturers. Their rifles are used by the military and law enforcement all over the world because of the accuracy, reliability and durability with for which they have become famous.