This is [name], Superintendent of [local district] Schools. This morning an incident was reported on the news about [suspect] who is wanted in connection with a sexual assault on a minor. Police reported that he is armed and dangerous and may be headed to Massachusetts, having connections to [my town]. I have been in communication with the Chiefs of Police in [towns in district]. Principals are taking added precautions at each school to ensure the safety of students. We are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students.Great. So half an hour before our kids go out trick or treating, we receive word that an armed criminal who has sexually assaulted minors may be on the loose in our town. Yeah, no pressure there. Needless to say, I picked up a few extra kids in the neighborhood in our walk around town. I also brought along an old friend:
Smith & Wesson model 13 in a Michael's Custom holster.
I have to stop for a moment and give Michael and his wonderful holster a plug here. I carried that heavy, full-sized revolver all over my town (we covered easily three miles last night), and when it was all said and done, neither gun nor holster budged and it carried the model 13 wonderfully. It really distributes the weight well!
Fortunately, there was no sign of the bad guy and the local police were out in force (as they are every year on Halloween). It's unlikely he would have shown up here, anyways, as the town was named on the local news as a place he might be heading - so there were plenty of folks looking for him. Having something that I was very familiar with should the worst happen is a good feeling - but it struck me as interesting that I'd go back to my revolver roots when I had other, arguably superior options.
Now, I carry a J-frame pretty often. I'm confident in my ability to use this revolver properly and to good effect, and the .357 Magnum round has strong ballistics going for it. But 6 rounds with 8 backup? Heck, my Sig P226 carries more than that without reloading. The P226 would have been, logically, a far superior choice ) - I can shoot them both equally well, and with the colder weather they both conceal about as well. But I prefer the comfort of a good revolver, it seems, despite there being other, numerically superior options.
Oh well. I also ride a motorcycle whose design dates over 100 years...
That is all.