Is the snubby enough gun?

The good folks over at Active Self Protection have been nice enough to link to some of my posts.  Since I can’t find any contact info on their Facebook page or website, I just want to say “thanks” here.

They recently linked to a piece that I’d written a while ago for American Handgunner.  It contains some great wisdom from my friend Michael deBethencourt of Snub Training, probably the leading expert on all things and tactics snubby-related.  Here’s the money quote:


Let me give you another example, this one from Michael de Bethencourt’s book, Secrets of the Concealed Carry Snub. In the first few pages of the book he addresses the question: Is the snubby enough gun? Here’s his answer:

“I believe that the honest answer is yes and no. Consider two examples. 1) If, as you pull out of the car dealership with your new hundred thousand dollar sports car, a gentlemen screws a .22 zip-gun into your ear and tells you to get out of the car, you’ll certainly and promptly hop out of that car. Your assessment being that, by your own standard, a .22 caliber zip-gun ‘is enough gun.’ 2) Alternatively if that same gentlemen breaks into your home at 2:00 a.m. and tells you to get out of his way so he can reach your sleeping children, I think we can both agree that he will need to be carrying something substantially larger than a .50 caliber Barrett to get you to just step out of the way. So now, by your different standard, a .50 caliber Barrett isn’t enough gun.”

Michael then goes on to talk about the other component in the situations he describes tending to interact with “how much gun” you have, namely: how much fight there is in both you and your attacker.


Words of wisdom!


One thought on “Is the snubby enough gun?

  1. I can connect you with ASP, Ralph. They’re good folk, hosted one of my seminars, already scheduled another. I’ll contact you offline.

    –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


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