A few Sundays ago after church, Caleb, a 19-year old college student, strode up to me in the parking lot and politely asked, “Hey Mr. Kakkuri, can I show you my latest knife?” He’s a smart kid, very responsible, and in the middle of a knife-collecting fetish. So, he has my instant approval. But since I’m something of an overgrown boy scout, I already know what Caleb’s got. His knife — a well-known, assisted-opening, tactical folder that could do double-duty as demolition pry bar — has been peering out of Caleb’s pocket all day. The knife’s enormous pocket clip and the end of its heavily textured handle (complete with pommel) has made my work of “tactical profiling” very easy.
Designed in the early 1900s by John Moses Browning, the 1911 pistol— named for the year it was adopted by the U.S. Army as its standard sidearm— still serves America today. Although the U.S. Army switched to the Italian Beretta M9 pistol in 1985 and the majority of U.S. police departments issue Austrian Glock pistols to their officers, the American born 1911—most well known as a .45 caliber automatic Colt pistol, or .45 ACP—continues to thrive in 2014 despite a few apparent shortcomings.
The 1911 is an old school design that has a lower ammunition capacity and higher price when compared with modern pistols. Still, its vast service record, especially iconic in World War II, has forever cemented its place in American history. And the legacy continues: The U.S. Marines (Special Operations Command) recently adopted a modern Colt 1911 to serve as its close quarters battle pistol.
Among firearms aficionados, the 1911 has a cult following and interested readers can find heated “1911 vs. [any other gun]” discussions abounding in online gun forums. Indeed, shooters new and old engage each other in friendly debates at gun stores and gun ranges everywhere. Regardless of the stance one takes toward the 1911 pistol and its efficacy as a fighting weapon, its history and legacy in America seem unparalleled.
“Every day carry” or EDC seems to have grown from being primarily about knives or handguns to including whatever other tools or equipment we think we need at our side, including flashlights, multi-tools, reloads, writing instruments, and more. You might carry each of those things on your person one at a time and in a specific location, depending on what you’re wearing. The pen attaches to your shirt pocket, the flashlight goes in your weak hand pocket, and so on. Or, you can carry them all together in a single organizing pocket or pouch which can be easily attached to your belt or carried in a messenger bag or backpack. Maxpedition’s Tri Carry 6 Pouch is one of several of the company’s organizational tools that will not only carry most of your EDC stuff, but also will outlast most of it.
Kahr’s new CW380, while small, would be too small to hold and shoot well and, therefore, less than ideal for use as a concealed carry pistol. At least, that’s what I initially thought.
Near the top of my list of Unsung Handgun Heroes resides a Taurus PT 1911 AL-R, a great house gun or car gun with a long list of standard features and, before it was discontinued by Taurus, a decent price tag. At first glance, you might not like it, but I’ll declare that after a few years of use, Taurus’ take on the 1911 makes this classic fighting pistol more useful than ever. If you can find one, you should buy it.