By Sam Hoober, Alien Gear Holsters
Handguns can be effective, but the truth is that they pale in comparison to almost any long gun. Basically, anything bigger than a .410 shotgun or .22LR rifle is superior in terms of firepower than virtually any handgun in terms of velocity, energy, penetration and everything else.
Even Bill Jordan, the legendary Border Patrol officer, US Marine, competitive shooter and gun writer acknowledged as much in his classic work “No Second Place Winner.” While the handgun is certainly a capable instrument of personal defense, the long gun (shotgun or rifle) was vastly superior if you had the option.
Not that Jordan didn’t believe in having a good handgun in a gun holster, of course; Smith and Wesson designed and produced the Model 19 “Combat Magnum” based on his desired specifications.