Well the Minnesota winter hit with a vengeance as seen in the photo of my wife's car sitting out of the street and also evidenced by the collapse of the Metrodome. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5NXx4YP4iA&feature=channel)
But after digging out and going to fill the car with gas I took a look around at the other people who were our and about and realized that the Minnesota winter poses a particular challenge for the concealed permit holder. Everyone out today is wearing multiple layers of clothing which would make accessing the holstered handgun a lot more difficult and certainly slower. Additionally since everyone is wearing multiple layers you run the risk of your hollowpoint ammo clogging with leather, down, polyester filler, denim, and perhaps two layers of sweatshirt material before ever making contact with the assailant's body.
This is where I think the Ruger LCR in .357 Magnum makes a lot of sense.
Personally I think this revolver is butt ugly but it may be the most utilitarian piece of armament for the deep freeze urban areas of the country and here's why:
- High speed whopping caliber whose performance will not be impeded by multiple of layers of clothing.
- Small and lightweight enough to be carried in the front pocket of your jacket or parka making it easier to access.
- The Hogue grip tamer grips will be easy to access in your pocket.
- Ruger specifically enlarged the trigger guard so that it was accessible with a gloved hand (really good thinking on Ruger's part).
- Ruger is now offering a front night sight as a factory option.
Stay warm and safe!