When it comes to choosing an everyday carrying weapon many firearm lovers find themselves confused. And with good reason! There are so many options when it comes to deciding what to utilize that it often necessitates some expert advice.
Chris Michel is just such an expert.
Founder and resident gunsmith of the hugely successful Dixie Gun Worx, Michel spends his days ensuring that his customers are making wise choices, and above all safe, choices when it comes to their firearms. He ensures every day that his clients leave the store with any and all questions answered- securely on the road to responsible gun ownership
It goes without saying that at no time do Michel’s customers have more questions as when they are deciding on which gun to invest in as a personal carry firearms.
Even though he is surrounded by the most elaborate, modified, intensely detailed weaponry in the country on a regular basis, Michel’s choice for a basic carrying gun couldn’t be simpler. Not surprising for a man who subscribes so deeply to the ‘KISS’ philosophy! Uncomplicated and almost disappointingly basic when it comes out of the box, the Glock 19 is Chris Michel’s top choice for a basic carrying weapon.
Meet the Glock!
The original glock pistol was developed in Austria in the early eighties. Ironically, it wasn’t expected to be very popular among civilians due to its polymer frame. People were concerned the ‘plastic’ wouldn’t withstand the considerable wear that a pistol takes even with normal use, let alone in police work or competition shooting. However, when consumers realized how light, portable and easy to use the design was, the glock quickly ate up at least 60% of the market share in popular firearms. These days they are the guns of choice not only for law enforcement, security and the military but for recreational use as well. In addition its incredible ease of use has caused it to rise in the ranks to become the number one firearm purchased for personal and home security.
Ready for Modification
Unlike other pistols, what makes the Glock 19 so exceptional is not all the bells and whistles it comes with or an arresting ‘zombie apocalypse’ look but rather it is the weapon’s versatility in the long term. You could very well spend a great deal of money on a fully loaded, gorgeous pistol that seems to satisfy your needs immediately, but where can you go from there? Part of the joys of being a gun enthusiast is the ability to develop a deeply personal relationship with your firearm of choice. When you choose a Glock 19, you have the option to do practically anything to it in order to make it yours alone. Don’t like the length of the safety button? Lengthen it. Not happy with the barrel of calibers? Modify those, if you like. You can even alter the inner structure to your own specifications, making this humble weapon a one of a kind piece suited entirely to you and you alone. Those fancy pistols that ‘come complete’ have peaked – there’s nothing much you can do with them once they’re out of the box. If you’re in the market for a pistol you can call your own, the Glock 19 is for you.
A Safe Choice
Another feature that makes the Glock 19 such an excellent option is right in line with Michel’s main obsession – safety. It bears repeating again and again that no matter how much fun you have with your firearm, it is still a deadly weapon. Perhaps the key reason that this is such a highly regarded pistol is the multitude of security features that are included in the design. Not only is there a safety on the trigger that won’t allow it to be accidently knocked or pulled, but there are two additional safety measures within the body of the gun itself. For example, unlike most weapons that tend to discharge accidentally when dropped, a Glock 19 can be released from an unbelievably high altitude and when it hits the ground, all it will do is fall to pieces – bullets still in the chamber and everyone around unharmed. If you are going to be carrying a weapon on your person on a daily basis, isn’t it sensible to put safety first?
Uncomplicated but Effective
Finally, the Glock 19 has unparalleled ease of use. Even for the novice shooter who is only looking for a little extra protection, this pistol is as easy as pointing and shooting. There are no complicated loading procedures, no in depth clicking and fumbling necessary – as a matter of fact, according to Michel, employing a Glock 19 is almost effortless.
Be Careful Out there
If you decide to invest in a carrying weapon and thereby keep yourself armed at all times, it is crucial that you review safety measures constantly to keep both yourself and those around you from harm. The number of accidental shootings in North America is phenomenal and when you decide to arm yourself, you run the risk of contributing to that number whether you are an expert marksman or not. It is important that you review the steps to ensuring firearm safety on a regular basis to be sure that you don’t unwittingly become part of the problem.
1. Always use a holster that holds your Glock 19 securely.
The most popular variety keeps the pistol secure against your body in between the waistline of your trousers and your torso. Other popular choices include shoulder, calf and pocket holsters as well as ‘belly bands’.
2. Practice drawing your gun.
Too many times pistols are accidentally fired when being removed from holsters by inexperienced users. Using an unloaded weapon, be sure to practice until you a completely confident in your abilities
3. Consult your state’s laws on the concealed and open carrying of weapons.
You may be completely capable of carrying and using a weapon safely, but if your state is against it, you’re asking for trouble every time you walk out the door.
Being a gun owner means being careful, educated and vigilant about your safety standards. This is particularly true if you decide to carry a weapon on you at all times. Think of how distracted we all get as we go about our day to day tasks, can you afford to be less than vigilant if you’re carrying a firearm as well? Learn about your gun, get used to it and stay on top of your skills as a gun enthusiast. Remember – there are always experts like Chris Michel to help you along the way with any concerns that you might have.