It’s highly debatable. A gun can save a life but it also can and will take a life. True, you can compensate certain downfalls with the gun but simply carrying it won’t do any good to you and it also comes with the real possibility to get carried away due to the false sense of supremacy.
A gun is like a dick. You’re only getting it out if you are going to use it. If you’re gonna just wave with it in front of other people’s eyes there’s a strong possibility that someone will cut it off and stuff it in your mouth. Because people who used it for real know how to recognize the one who will use it and the one who never used it.
A person who has never fired a gun at other person acts like a virgin when faced with sex for the first time.
“Will I hit him?”, “Where should I aim?”, “Is it really legal to shoot?”, “Will I end up in jail?”, “How many bullets should I fire?”, “What after?”, “Now?”, “Now?”, and million other questions pop in your mind in those couple of seconds when you pull it out for the first time. If you happen to point it at a guy who has already wasted a few people, you’re fucked.
Let me tell you this first handedly. When I was 17, a couple dozen of us had a certain “disagreement” in a city park with another smaller group. All of the sudden a guy pulls 7.62 and started waving it at us. What he didn’t know is that he was surrounded with teenagers who are already used to shoot the gun, rifle, semi-automatic and automatic weapons, anti-aircraft artillery and similar stuff; the cadets of police academy.
Back in my time, that school was not for pussies. Four years of intensive pro-military training. You are drilled with everything that has to do with safety, security and firearms.
So, once faced with an obvious punk, we fell into a horseshoe formation around him to provide him with the exit in hope that moron will come to some senses. One of us approached him from behind and started walking to him looking directly at his eyes. That bitch started to yell and scream and wave that gun like a maniac all over the place.
It was clear to everyone that that son of a bitch never shot anything except empty cans on a shooting range. When he was in reach, it took less than a second for a colleague to disarm him and an additional 60 to beat the shit out of him with his own gun and then to stuff his mouth with 15 rounds.
The end result? Couple of teeth less, broken jaw on few places, broken rib, fracture on the skull, an eye on the verge of popping out, etc., etc.
But OK, let’s say that you just love the feeling of security provided by the fact that you’re carrying. Where do you holster it? Obviously, the most optimal place is out of the question and that’s your upper leg. Under the arm? It will take time to pull it out. Behind your back? Trust me when I say that it is annoying to have something like that behind your back while sitting in a chair. Side? Second most optimal place to carry, no doubt about it. You can easily pull if you practice just a bit.
What about briefcases? That’s the stupidest thing to do. Not only that it is really unpractical but someone might steal your case and then what?
What bears the utmost importance is the safety in handling the gun. Learn it or you might accidentally shoot someone or even yourself.
Should you get a revolver or a pistol?
This is a matter of taste. Revolvers have greater “stopping” power due to the caliber of the round. At the same time you have only six rounds and it takes a real expert to reload it in less than three seconds.
Pistol on the other hand provides with more firepower on account of 15-16 rounds in it. And in all fairness, 5.6 mm does wreak havoc inside the body and most certainly kills.
There is only one question: Are you really clear in your mind that you have what it takes to use it on another person? Yes? How do you know if you never did it? You can only presume and that’s the most dangerous thing to do.
You need to get used to it. That means that you need to practice with it on regular basis. That’s the least you have to do if you truly want to carry the gun.
Honestly, if you’re not living in some hostile environment, sign up for self-defense course instead.