It’s been awhile since I’ve shared the writing of Henry, the old man from Tennessee. After several of you have requested more from Henry, I decided to share this post.
Henry has written several articles for my site in the past (look at the bottom of the post for links to his other articles). He is 92 years old and lives by himself up on a mountain in rural Tennessee. Like many of you, Henry has been shooting all his life. Also like many of you, Henry carries one or two lightweight revolvers in his front pants pockets for self protection. He calls his airlight .22 revolver his “Old Man’s Gun.”
Henry shoots his revolvers almost every day. He’s studied gunfighting history for a long time and uses a lot of the WWII- style point shooting techniques advocated by Sykes, Fairbairn, and Applegate. Henry has logically examined all the relevant issues and made a decision that’s best for him. He doesn’t want any attention and he recognizes what works for him may not work for everyone. He’s a deep thinker and wants to share his experiences with my readers.
Here are his thoughts on front pocket carry of revolvers for self protection. His tactics are a bit unconventional, but certainly viable. He truly embraces the concept of the “gray man.” I think you’ll enjoy his thoughts.
Remember: You must remain equally lumpy on both sides.
All the time, packing or not. Put crumpled up sock in bottom of both right and left hand front pants pockets. Leave sock there all the time so you will look the same all the time. Carry a naked J-frame revolver any time you like. No clumpy pocket holster. Just naked gun down on the crumpled up sock. Does not imprint. Does not change your appearance. You look the same all the time, packing or not.
The heavy trigger on J-frame eliminates risk of unintended discharge. Gun right there under your hand any time you reach for it. The double action revolver eliminates any limp-wristing problem resulting from old age.
It’s a slick, easy draw. No chance of a criminal snatching the gun from front pants pocket carry.
It’s God and Smith & Wesson’s gift to old men.