Most handguns blow holes in targets, a good .223 Carbine with a fragmenting bullet is going to tear up a BG. I strongly suggest putting a white light on any carbine just incase you need it to identify a target. Many of the people we see on the training courses always think that handguns are for home defense and never really thought too much about keeping a Carbine available. You may have some problems finding a safe to lock up your rifle, but there are things you can do to keep it away from children and still have quick access. One of the most common things we still see with new operators is dropped gear. Guys show up with holsters for sidearms that don’t retain the firearms, and spare pistol mags end up sitting somewhere in midrange after a quick running scenario. The first time I wore a pair of Style 201 pants, I loaded up 6-30rd AR mags and ran around the neighborhood. I wanted to see if the lightweight material secured the mags in place. I was blown away at how well they were secured and I didn’t feel lop sided if I ran. The Style 201 pants are now available in Digital camo and coming later this fall they will be available in the new Direct Action A-Tacs pattern.
I’ve discussed this topic several times before, but I’ve seen more examples of gear that failed and operators that had a teachable moment. Its no surprise that Rogue Elite sponsors a few firearms instructors and training groups. We are supplying our Instructors with Eotac Style 202, Style 203 and Style 201 tactical pants. Since we’re well into the warm weather season, most of our Instructors and Operators are working with the Style 201 Operator grade pants. I have to admit that I am more inclined to attend Carbine courses over Pistol courses. I guess you should consider the Rogue Elite Team to think a Carbine is a better thing to fight with than a handgun. To quote Clint Smith, “A handgun is to be used so you can fight your way back to your rifle”. If you take a serious look at the survival rate of handgun victims vs rifle uses, there is considerable evidence to suggest that you may want to seriously consider upgrading your home defense weapon to a shotgun or a carbine. Bad guys showing up on PCP or pumped up on crack aren’t going to be concerned 9mm bullets unless you get a really good shot.