As someone whose primary concealed carry weapon is a .45 ACP Sig P227 SAS, it may surprise you to learn that I'm also a big fan of mouseguns. Why? Well, here's the somewhat involved story regarding my strange fascination with these little handguns.
First of all, let me say right off that I'm a pretty serious student of the use of a handgun for self-defense. I attend at least 2 firearms training schools every year. I also regularly compete in USPSA and IDPA competition, shooting either my Sig P227 or a Sig P226. I've read innumerable books on tactical handgun shooting and have attended lectures and live-fire training courses presented by many of the best and most knowledgeable instructors in this country.
My mousegun story began with an opportunity to meet with Claude Werner, also known as the "Tactical Professor". Claude has an extensive background in Special Operations and firearms instruction. At one time he was the Chief Instructor at the Rogers Shooting School; arguably the toughest firearms training institution in the country. He's recognized as an expert on personal defense strategy and tactics. He spends quite a bit of time analyzing shootings by police and armed private citizens. He's also a very successful competitor in IDPA. So, as you can see, he's something of a heavy hitter in the defensive handgun world.
So, while speaking with him I just had to ask: "What kind of handgun do you personally carry for self-protection?". I half expected to hear something like "a Desert Eagle in .50 AE". His real answer completely shocked me: "A .32 caliber pistol."! I immediately asked him, "Why?". He stated that all handgun bullets really suck in their ability to stop a criminal when compared to rifle bullets, that he simply shot a small pistol better than a larger caliber handgun, and that by understanding the limitations of all pistols and focusing on good shot placement the mousegun was simply the best self-defense tool for him personally.
That really got me thinking. I've been hearing for years that I should be wary of the stopping power of handgun bullets, even big old .45's. I've also heard that there is really very little difference in the lethality of 9mm, .40, and .45 calibers. In fact, most surgeons can't tell the difference between wound tracks left by any of these calibers. Also, for many years now the .32 caliber cartridge has been accepted throughout Europe and South America as a reasonable defensive caliber. Finally, there's that very interesting statistic that more people have been killed by .22's than any other caliber. Maybe handgun caliber really doesn't matter all that much as
long as shot placement is spot on!
So, after thinking all this through I went out and bought a mousegun that I've always thought was really cool: a .32 ACP Beretta Tomcat. That's one of the baby Berettas with a tip-up barrel. My pistol is actually an Alleycat, which is just a Tomcat model with "night sights". It's really just got a tritium vial on the front sight, but what was really important to me was that the Alleycat has factory installed XS Big Dot sights. I thought they would be perfect for such a small handgun with such limited sight radius, and I ended up being correct at just how great these sights are on this gun.
I was very pleasantly surprised the very first time I took this mousegun out to the range to shoot. For years I've heard these guns were only good for shooting at "bad breath" distances. Regardless, I started off shooting it at 10 yards and was soon knocking down 8" steel plates without any problem. I then backed up to 15 yards and continued to knock the plates down. Finally I backed up to 25 yards and continued to hit the steel plates. I was frankly amazed. This little pistol has almost no recoil and is amazingly accurate and very easy for me to shoot. I shot the gun better the very first time I tried it than I've ever shot my little 9mm Sig P938. Frankly, I've always found the little Sig a very tough gun for me to shoot accurately. Yet here I was, killing plates out to 25 yards with the Alleycat, even when shooting one-handed. It was that easy for me to shoot this mousegun!
Ever since then I've made it a point to carry my Alleycat. When I'm carrying my big Sig P227 I also carry the Alleycat in a pocket holster as a backup gun. If I need to wear clothing making it impossible to effectively conceal the Sig, or if I'm in a situation where I need to practice "deep concealment", the little Alleycat becomes my only concealed handgun and is carried along with a spare magazine. I feel confident that I can shoot it accurately enough that I can achieve the effective shot placement needed to stop any violent attack on myself or my loved ones. I've become a firm mousegun believer!
How about you?
I've set up a Group on Facebook devoted to discussions on Mouseguns. Feel free to join it if you are interested in further information on this topic:https://www.facebook.com/groups/321874491316806/