One of the constant problems I come across during my charity self defense course is how students are convinced that they know the basics of gun handling through video games and movies.
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This usually crops up in that the student is convinced they are an expert shot before they ever pick up a firearm for the first time. After all, they see their media heroes wielding a handgun with one hand and never missing, even though the actor never takes time to steady their aim. Isn’t that reality?
Although it hasn’t come up too often, some of my students were fans of video games. These people always want to carry a bunch of guns.
There is a real world precedent, as those who like small revolvers will often carry a spare. This is more to allow them to increase their ready firepower than to have guns ready in case different threats pop up.
The fact of the matter is that weapons are heavy, and it is a pain in the backside to haul them around. Note how the most popular defensive handguns are designed to be as small and light as possible, even though a larger and heavier handgun would be more accurate over distance and more comfortable to shoot.
This seems to be a problem that has persisted through the centuries, as Matt Easton discusses in one of his excellent videos. His area of expertise is muscle powered weapons such as swords, but he makes the very same points.
Mr. Easton makes the point that people throughout history usually carried a single sidearm, with maybe a backup weapon or shield. Knives were the weapon of choice, just as small handguns are popular today. Larger weapons such as swords were only carried if someone was expecting trouble, or if they were traveling in dangerous territory. Going about day-to-day activities would mean that the larger weapons would get in the way. As he puts it, ….
“They wouldn’t walk around with a sword most of the time because, why?”
The video is less than eight minutes long, so you should check it out.