Mad Ogre said:
"And from my point of view at least, standing toe-to-toe and "slugging it out" with firearms - any firearm- is just a really good way to find one's self dead."
unless you are in your own home, or backed into a corner... then you have no choice to stand your ground.
But that doesn't mean you have to stand in one spot. Move and Shoot.
Yes sir, Mr. Ogre, you are most correct concerning a home invasion, or being backed into a corner.
BUT.... ( There's always one of those, isn't there? ) anyone breaking into someone else's home should be pretty much walking into a trap. THEY should be the ones at the disadvantage, and dealing with all sorts of unpleasantness. After all, in their own home, a person can use pretty much whatever kind of weapon they like ( within reason ), and make any arrangements they feel needed, without the constraints that are involved with being out in public.
And as for being backed into a corner, well, the person that lets this happen probably wasn't paying enough attention to his surroundings, just as the person that gets caught off guard at home didn't plan well enough before hand.
Yes, I know that Mr. Murphy is alive and well, and that there's always something unforseen that can go wrong. However, I sill feel that for the most part, a person that finds themselves at a disadvantage, whether at home or walking down the street, has probably allowed this to happen, to some degree or the other.
To wrap this up, and get back to the subject of the Kel-Tec, and "mouse guns" in general, I believe that their strongest point, and best advantage, is the element of surprise. In other words, the ability to defend one's self when it is perceived by an attacker that the person is helpless.
But then, the same is true of even a full-sized concealed weapon. It's best used as a "surprise", not brandished about so that the whole world knows it's there.
Anyway, I hope none of this comes across as too sarcastic or preachy... It's certainly not my intent to be either. I just figured this was as good an opportunity as any to let you folks know how the "newbie" views self-defense, and defensive weapons.
And by the way, I've been both a soldier and a sheriff's deputy, so I have at least a little bit of an idea how a gun fight goes. :wink:
P.S. It also wasn't me that sent you a dirty gun. :roll: