A friend who is a Grand Master Class USPSA Welcome to USPSA.org - Home of the United States Practical Shooting Association shooter posted this on FB today. It is so on point i needed to repost here. I am in full agreement except with the optic/red dot sites. I would rather not rely in something that can fail when I need it. Since SHTF is possible everyday I have moved from carrying my Glock 23C to either the Glock 34(9mm)or 35(40 cal S&W)Full sized Comp pistols with 3 full mags as my EDC( same capacity as the Glock 17 quoted in the article with 52 rounds). I had lunch with a Monkey last week and had it with me then in Seattle as I do evert time I travel there for work. This Paragraph is probably the seminal point innthe whole article Quote: " This is not a self-defense pistol per se. It is designed to be offensive in nature in that it has capabilities beyond the small mini pistols favored for routine self defense. Yes, a pistol armed man can readily defeat a rifleman if: the rifleman is within the reach and accuracy of the pistol shooter, the pistol shooter does not challenge or announce himself, and the pistol shooter is technically practiced and up to the task."" Suarez International REALITY CHECK – THE COUNTER TERRORIST PISTOL I am a rifleman in my heart. I own at least two dozen assault rifles. (Yes, that is what I call them). My company makes some of the most accurate over-watch rifles for US Police CT units that shoot sub-MOA groups. I designed and implemented one of the first urban patrol rifle, and with all of the cross burning by the democrats, I should certainly jump on the rifle band wagon. But I won’t. Oh, I will agree that every able-bodied American with a brain, for true national security, should own at minimum one AR-15 type rifle, but that is not what I will be discussing. The threats Americans face today as a nation, and as individuals are unprecedented. And those threats are exacerbated by an incompetent or subversive leadership, and a highly fearful (political correctness or death) law enforcement community. We saw it in San Bernardino just a few months ago, and in Orlando a few days ago. The days of the J-Frame in the corner pocket against the beatnik muggers of America are long gone. Today’s threat is an American Citizen that has flown under the radar all his life but who has adopted Islam and taken it upon himself, unannounced to bring the war into your life. And his goal is not theft, or rape, or any of the common crimes that used to alarm the public in the halcyon 1990s. His goal is to kill as many of you as possible…you, your wives and husbands…daughters and sons…and in the most horrible way possible. And then…to die either by his own hand or finally…at the hands of the police. We saw how quickly help will come. Do I really need to go over all of this yet again. Five words that I want you to say to yourself every morning, every time you leave the house and any time you see one of those “No Guns Allowed” signs that the good citizens abide by. You - Are - On – Your - Own. And all the sub MOA rifles on earth will not be in your belt when you hear the chilling war cry of our enemies and see the first innocent go down from rifle fire. What you will have however is a well concealed pistol. But the pistol for the beatnik Mugger and the Meth Head in the alley is not sufficient for an Orlando or San Bernardino. I will coin a term that I suspect will be derided by some…and stolen by others. The Counter Terrorist Pistol. This is not a self-defense pistol per se. It is designed to be offensive in nature in that it has capabilities beyond the small mini pistols favored for routine self defense. Yes, a pistol armed man can readily defeat a rifleman if: the rifleman is within the reach and accuracy of the pistol shooter, the pistol shooter does not challenge or announce himself, and the pistol shooter is technically practiced and up to the task. So here are my thoughts for such a pistol. 1). Full Size Pistol with a full complement of ammunition. Minimal is a Compact size. So a Glock 17 is preferable to a Glock 26…but a Glock 19 is fine too. A pocket pistol…or a Glock 43 or Shield is not in this genre. Full size pistols are easier to shoot well. Even if you are a master with your Kel-tec pocket 380, you will be far better with a Glock 17 or 19. Remember, this is not self-defense from a street thug…it is war. Such a pistol must have a superlative trigger. This is not the time for silly court-proof triggers that require all five fingers to pull. You are not an NYPD conscript saddled with an internal affairs trigger, so don’t do that to yourself. And don’t listen to the fools that drone on about legal liability. That is nonsense. Light and crisp is what we need. Such a pistol must have a sighting system capable of proactive, preemptive surgical shooting. Big fat dot sights are contra-indicated. This is a pistol designed to shoot an enemy in the face across a crowded room at 25 yards. In this day and age, that means an optical sight, mounted as low as possible, melted into the slide so the height over bore is as low as humanly possible (something the CORE and MOS do not provide). And such a pistol must have a barrel capable of what the shooter expects from such a pistol. The barrel must be as close to match grade as possible. A factory barrel may be adequate for self defense in an alley, but for this application, it is insufficient. And not all after market barrels qualify as “match grade” even if marketed that way. Check the source of those barrels before accepting the product. 2). Carry for Combat Not Convenience. Yes, those little “key chain” pistols are so convenient, but most of those who select them can carry a far bigger weapon with a little effort. We are at war and the weapon you fight that war with is what you take with you in the morning. Choose wisely. A normal human being who is not being patted down regularly can carry a full size combat pistol all day every day without much trouble. Even in places where they are not supposed to if they are careful with holster choices and attire. And when it comes to that, do you think the kids in Orlando and San Bernardino would have ignore the signs and the rules if they knew what was coming for them? I bet they would. 3). More ammo is more better. The idea that every shot will hit and drop an adversary is a fantasy. Your enemy is likely armed with an assault rifle (just like the two dozen I have at home). You really want just six or seven tries at him? My every day carry weapon is a Glock 17 with two additional magazines (minimum) for a total of 52 rounds. 4). Reliability. Yes, we want it reliable, but when some people think “reliability”, they mean the weapon will run with the dregs of the ammo he got for cheap from his neighbor who loaded it in his garage in a drunken stupor after binge watching 24. No. Reliability is gauged with the best man-killing ammo money can buy. The last time I looked, fighting ammo was about $1 per round minimum. And we do not want to sacrifice accuracy for reliability with shit ammunition. 5). Accuracy. Back in the era of two shots to the center of mass, accuracy was gauged by a torso. “Accurate enough” usually meant that the shooter and pistol could keep the payload on a chest inside a room. Well boys and girls, today’s threat is a tough adversary. Probably very fit and weight trained, wearing either a ballistic vest or a bomb vest. Shooting him in the chest is not only a waste of time but likely a direct cause of your demise. Today accuracy is measured by face shooting. And real accuracy is measured by shooting rounds into a target the size of a human eye at room distances. Shoot a physically fit, muscular jihadist wearing a ballistic vest in the chest and he will smile and shoot back. But shoot him in an eye…or in the era canal…or right in the back of the head at the brain stem…and the Jihad party has come to a sudden and terminal stop. Above all the CT Pistol must be capable of that type of accuracy. We live in a time of war. Carry accordingly.