Keep in mind Teddy Jacobson warnings has to do with his concern for people.
When a person carries a handgun for their job as an LEO or as a civillian having a concealed handgun license or even a person that wants to protect their home. Reasonable decisions must be made and sadly most people believe the BS they read in publications and especially the advertisements and some of the nonsense that is posted on some of the lower class forums (my opinion only). Some magazines are wonderful "ENTERTAINTMENT" , never lose that perspective and they sometimes give good sound advice. Remember the people that write are being paid to go along with that publications agenda and that is down the green back road that leads to where Willie Sutton (famous bank robber) used to hang out.
When it comes to picking a handgun for protection of life and property, you or I never know when and or where what conditions we may have to use it. First of all you deserve the treat and experience of firing a small powerful handgun at night so that you can see for yourself what it looks like and how your eyes react. IN MY OPINION selecting a handgun with
Lets assume you have a revolver with a barrel length of 2.25 inches, and it either has ported slots on the side of the barrel or 5 or 6 holes drilled into the top of the barrel. You "MUST" shoot this revolver at nite to really appreciate the
When you point the gun using your right hand, you will need to angle your wrist to get a straight shot through the passenger window, in this moment of panic, your now angled revolver, depends on how far back your seat is in relationship to the passenger window but in any event this tilts the ports or holes in your 2.25 inch barrel toward your passenger. YOU FIRE, and kill your attacker through the glass. The flames coming out of the ports or the holes in your short barrel will take your passengers face off and you will blind them forever and their hair and your automobiles headliner will catch on fire.
Because you listened to the experts and used full power loads in your 357 magnum revolver, you and your passenger just lost your hearing, maybe for good. The person that attempted to carjack you is now dead and they are luckier than your passenger. You now have the picture of what I am trying to tell you and you can see what you are in for. This is but one small scenario I could tell you about. Do your self a favor before you ever carry a ported self defense weapon of any kind take it to the range and hold a piece of paper about 12 inches above the ports or the holes in the barrel and fire the gun with this paper in place.
Why do they perpetrate this BS on the unsuspecting gun buyer (my opinion only) you should always follow the money trail. Its marketing geniuses that are very well paid to dream about Benjamin Franklin and it all comes down to improving sales at any cost to uneducated people. Use caution in making decisions for protection of life and property because once that bullet is discharged you can never call it back. (Or any non-thought out consequence - editor)
As a follow-up for 2014, the reason for this page even though it's old, is because it is important to know what uses not to use ported handgun barrels for.