Jarrell’s third lesson was with a handgun.
Dar trained him with a Ruger .22 semi-auto with a bull barrel.
Jarrell had figured out that Dar had reasons for everything he did, so he asked “Why are we training with THIS handgun?”
Dar had an answer. “Ammo is in very short supply. You can train with a .22 and will learn what I need to teach you.”
“So this isn’t the one you think I should carry?” Jarrell asked.
“I really didn’t want to go there” Dar said with a sigh. “If you only gun is a .22 then you should carry it. If the only ammo you can find is .22 ammo, then you should carry it. If you cannot handle more recoil than a .22, then you should carry it.”
“But if you have a bigger caliber available to you and have ammo for it and you can control that gun and hit what you are aiming for...then that is a better choice” Dar said.
The internet was still up most of the time and Jarrell had done a little bit of research.
“Why do you say that?” Jarrell asked. “I don’t mean to be disrespectful but I want your opinion.”
“I mean, the internet says that the only sure stop is a central nervous system hit and if you hit it with a .22 it works as well as a .45” Jarrell parroted.
“And if you don’t hit the central nervous system then even the most powerful pistol cartridges are not that powerful”
“Have you ever played pool” Dar seemed to change the topic.
“Yeah, sure” Jarrell said. He had spent a lot of hours in bars and pubs and he had played pool.
“Have you ever had a ball you wanted to hit but had it hiding behind a couple of balls?” Dar asked.
“Yeah, I guess so” Jarrell said.
“What if your cue ball was a tennis ball. What are the odds of being able to get a piece of the buried ball if your cue ball was a tennis ball?” Dar asked.
“About zero” Jarrell said.
|On a straight, frontal, center-of-mass hit, approximately 80% of the target's width is "vital" and 20% will impact Central Nervous System...if your bullet has enough momentum left after punching through 10" of flesh.
“A head is about 50 square inches. The spine is three inches wide and twenty inches long. It is a bigger target than the head but you have to punch through the rib-cage and guts to get to it. I have my doubts that a 40 grain, .22 bullet is going to have enough steam left in it to hit the bad-guy’s backbone and bruise his spinal-cord. That is all I am saying. The central nervous system is a lot bigger than you think if you have the penetration to get there” Dar said. For him, it was a long exposition.
Jarrell was disheartened to see how hard it was to “hit” with a handgun. He had been able to hit charcoal briquettes 90% of the time at 25 yards with the .22 rifle. He was 50% hitting water bottles at five yards with the handgun. Much bigger target. Much closer.
“That is why you keep pulling the trigger” Dar said. “The good news is that your target is going to be a lot bigger than a water bottle.”
“Your handgun is your third choice for engaging your enemy” Dar said. “Its single redeeming feature is that it can always be with you.”
The last part of the lesson was for Jarrell to monkey-paw a selection of Dar’s
“These are all adequate choices” Dar said. “The gun selects you as much as you select it. Which one feels best in your hand. Close your eyes, bring the gun up to eye level and see if the sights align with your intended target.”
Jarrell was dubious as he looked them over. “They are all so big” he commented. “How will I conceal it?”
Dar was straight up. “The time for concealed carry is over. Personally, I don’t think you have the time to learn how to be effective with a handgun and carry concealed. Even with open-carry you still need to be able to sniff-out trouble if you hope to have time to get your gun out of the holster.”
Jarrell’s hand selected a Ruger P-89, 9mm. The gun was one of the oldest (and least expensive) of the ones Dar offered. Dar assured him it would “always go bang!”
Dar had Jarrell run the handgun course with the gun several times. Jarrell did not embarrass himself but struggled with reloading.
Dar sent him back to Melody with the Ruger 9mm, the holster, four magazines and 100 +P premium rounds of hollowpoint ammo.
Note to readers: Fabulous comments on the shotgun training. Please feel free to flesh out what Dar would have covered in his training with the handgun.