Little Guns (Part 2)

A few months ago I posted an article about the place that “little guns” have.

I took some time and examined some various concealed carry options, specifically the weight of the pistol and ammo. This is especially significant when carrying on an ankle or in a pocket.

Pistol Details Empty Loaded
Glock 42 (380) 
Taren Tactical +1
Federal HST .380
14.15 oz 16.65 oz
S&W J Frame 638
38 Special
81 gr Fort Scott +P
14.5 oz 16.3 oz
S&W J Frame 340PD
357 / 38
Federal HST
11.8 oz 14.1 oz
Ruger LCR
8 shot 22lr
Federal Punch
Banta Boot Grip
14.4 oz 15.15 oz
S&W J Frame 43C
8 shot 22lr
Federal Punch
Crimson Trace Grip
11.5 oz 11.8 oz

Having carried all of these over the last year, I have learned a few things. First, 16oz is really the max. More than that you are going to notice the weight and it will start to affect your ankle and knee long term. Second, it is not simply a number game. The Glock 42 is super light and small, but the stubbies are rounded, smoother, and better suited for pocket carry. Third, once you get to the last couple of ounces the price can be more than double. It is not unlike cars or computers, to get that last 5-10% of extra performance, the price per pound or horsepower is exponentially more. The Glock 42 is online for $419, Ruger LCR $579, 43C $739, and  340PD $1,099. As you can see, those last ~3 ounces cost hundreds extra.

So it’s all about compromise. I would love to have the ¬†sights of the G42, the weight of the 43C, and the trigger of the LCR, but alas, I don’t think that exists.

For many purposes the LCR or G42 would be an excellent choice.  I lean towards the LCR a lot, it carries very well and is cheap to shoot.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.

We have taken the opportunity to sit down with the calendar and put together the 2024 schedule. 

Thank you so much for the support in 2023. 


Our first class will be our emergency medical class. We still have a couple seats left. We will look at Emergency Medical from the aspect of concealed carry. This is a certified STOP THE BLEED course and will cover BCON (Bleeding Control) to stop major bleeding. We will also cover how to address typical medical emergencies you are likely to face in your life. We will include hands on exercises. You will received a certificate after training. The class is 2-3 hour.

Medical: Sat, January 13th (West Fork)


Basic & Enhanced Concealed Carry Classes:
Sat, February 10th (West Fork)
Sat, March 9th (West Fork)
Sat, April 13th (West Fork)
Sat, May 4th (West Fork)
Sat, June 8th (West Fork)
Sat, July 13th (West Fork)
Sat, August 17th (West Fork)
Sat, September 21st (West Fork)
Sat, October 26th (West Fork)
Sat, November 9th (West Fork)
Sat, December 7th (West Fork)


Legal Update: 2023 08 Marijuana

August 1, 2023 Act 757 will allow medical marijuana users to obtain a concealed carry permit. The act says that¬†a person’s status as a qualifying patient or designated caregiver under the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 shall not be considered in determining whether an applicant is eligible to be issued a license to carry a concealed handgun.

Marijuana is still federally illegal and federal law prohibits users of controlled substances, including medical marijuana, from receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition.

Act 757 of 2023

News Report:

They ARE coming for our guns

We try really hard to avoid politics, but this is unavoidable….
“The idea we still allow semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick. It has no social redeeming value. Zero. None…I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons”
Don’t you dare tell me “no one is trying to take your guns”.
President Biden just told you what they want.
Here is a link, so you can hear it for yourself:
Stay strong, don’t shy away from your values and our Constitution.
They are wrong. 

Little Guns

Any gun on you is better than any gun you have sitting at home. 

It is very common when we start the concealed carry or self defense journey they we are told that we HAVE TO carry a certain gun, caliber, or capacity. The more I work with people and concealed carry I am convinced this is more about ego inflation than objective self defense or preparedness.

“Must be a Glock, must be 9mm, and must be a Glock 19”

Please don’t misunderstand, if you want to daily carry a Glock 17, with a red dot, weapon mounted light, and spare magazine, then¬†rock on. ¬†However, I would much rather you have a J Frame in your pocket because you end up leaving the instagram gun at home because it sucks to carry or gets in the way.

“I can’t to that, I have my gun on”

One of the biggest issues I have come to a realization on, especially now that I have kids, your life should not revolve around the gun. Maybe a better way to put it, your life shouldn’t be limited by your gun. If you shy away from climbing the playground equipment, playing horsee, or rolling around with your children because your gun will show; that’s the wrong answer. Don’t be the bouncer standing on the sidelines on your life, “pulling security”. Live your life and enjoy your loved ones.

“YOU might be able to do that, but I will loose my job”

While I can pretty much carry any gun 99% of the time and maybe you can too; there are many folks that cannot. Many good folks live in places, cities, &/or states that are NOT 2A friendly. Moreover, they might be fired or face prosecution for carrying weapons. They are NOT going to be able to carry a Glock 19.

An instructor, I think it was Chuck Haggard, presented a challenge to “gun guys” Get a “regular” job at Target, Walmart, Lowes, ect. You will have to wear some type of uniform, often with a tucked in shirt, and be moving all day, reaching over your head, carry things, and to top it off you will be fired on the spot if they catch you carrying a weapon. It is much harder than you think.

50% of the United States lives in areas with many or strict infringements on the possession and carrying of weapons. Some jurisdiction have targeted their law abiding citizens when they spot the pocket knife clips protruding from their pockets.  I am thankful that I am not in that position, but I know many are.

Lets get to work

Our goal is to empower all law abiding citizens to take steps to protect themselves and loved ones. We train all different types of people and love being a part of your personal journey of sharpening your skills with your particular weapon of choice; big or small.

Biden’s Nominee for ATF Director: David Chipman

Video link below…

The current administration is trying to appoint a gun control activist that is EXACTLY what we have feared. He said on the record in front of congress what his agenda is. Can you imagine what he really plans behind closed doors. 

I hate getting political, but this is a full court press against me and you, law abiding gun owners. 

Please, at a minimum, us the link below to quickly send a message to your representative.  I would also suggest you support one of the Pro-2A groups that will fight for our rights.

Now that we have covered the bad, some good news. Arkansas is likely to pass more legislation that will be very good for gun owners. More on that soon.

Thank you for your time. 

Link to quickly contact your representatives:

More information about David Chipman: (5 mins) (3 mins) (4 mins)

Colion Noir did a 30min edit of his answers

Mother’s Day 2021

Mother’s Day

We are offering class vouchers at 50% Off ($40) for mothers (expecting or current). The voucher can be used for 1 hours of private range time with an instructor and a Basic concealed carry class.

Get mom a gift that will be unique and pay dividends in the future.
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Welcome USCCA

New for 2021, we have partnered with the US Concealed Carry Association.

They offer a huge amount of training in addition to the protection for you and your family if the worse case scenario happens. I really like that they cover bonding and have money to cover civil lawsuit damages, as well.

They have also offered a free guide for our students past and present: