Call me old fashioned and nostalgic, but I still think short, side-by-side 12 Gauge Coach Guns are Cool as the other side of my pillow.
Now this is not to say that I think they are COOLER than a Pump 12 like a Remington 870 or Mossberg 590, but they are right up there!
Why? Like all shotty’s, they can handle all manner of threats: 2 legged, 4 legged or no legs at all (snakes) but they are compact and fast!
And before you start talking about ammo capacity, take it from me: If 2 rounds of 00 or #4 Buck Does not solve your problem, you seriously need to think about something belt fed because buddy, YOU GOT SERIOUS FUCKING ISSUES!😄
The best gun for the money from this list IMO is the Stoeger.
FYI: I could give a shit about exposed hammers. I am not a cowboy shooter, I am just a cowboy who occasionally needs to shoot things.
Although groups like this have a checkered and corrupt history in Mexico (some have been caught helping the cartels smuggle drugs and extort the local populace) their overall existence I think is a blueprint for what is to come here in America very soon with Law Enforcement falling more and more to the way side.
Militias and Citizen Action Groups will be responsible for the safety of their communties, counties, cities and eventually their entire State.
With “Permitless” Carry taking effect in my home state of Texas September 1st I had some thoughts:
One of the things I learned very early on when I started carrying a gun for self-defense was that I needed to adpot a mentality of Avoidance, Deterrence and De-Escalation if I wanted to stay vertical and out of prison.
Avoid Dangerous places and Stupid People
Deter Criminal Behavior with Acute and Constant Situational Awareness
De-Escalate heated situations with an apology and submissive behavior (Tuck your Ego and Temper In. Be the bigger man and Squash a Verbal altercations with an apology and move on.)
Most all of you know I am NOT a fan of Open Carry.
If you are going to carry a gun for self-defense, go concealed or don’t go at all.
The reasoning is simple: SURPRISE is one of the biggest advanatges the armed citizen has against a criminal, especially now in Texas when the odds are very high that every person that a criminal comes into contact with MAY BE armed!
Once the criminal knows a gun is involved it changes things dramatically.
It can work FOR the armed citizen (the deterrence factor) or it can work AGAINST them.
Just remember: EVERY altercation you are going to be involved in there will be a GUN present, YOURS!
For this reason I am a Firm believer in the armed citizen getting solid Weapon Retention Training.
Going along with the Concealment MO, you might re-consider your blade carry as well.
A pocket Clip folder is handy but it is also noticeable.
Instead, go for a horizontal fixed blade belt carry.