Tuesday, November 01, 2011

My kind of Sheriff...almost

Sheriff Chuck Wright, of Spartansburg, SC, while talking about a career criminal caught trying to rape a local woman, admitted that the justice system isn't working and told women in general to arm themselves.
Sheriff Chuck Wright opened his news conference by saying, "Our form of justice is not making it."

He said, "Carry a concealed weapon. That'll fix it."

Wright said,"Liberals call me and tell me the chain-gang form of justice isn't working. Well, let me inform you, your form of justice isn't working either."

Wright said, "It's too bad someone with a concealed weapons permit didn't walk by. That would fix it." He said people are tired of doing the right thing and criminals getting away with their actions.

He said several times, "I want you to get a concealed weapons permit."

At one point, Wright held up a fanny pack and said, "They make this right here where you can conceal a small pistol in them. They got one called The Judge that shoots a .45 or a .410 shell. You ain't got to be accurate; you just have to get close."

He encouraged women to walk in groups, and he ended by saying again, "I want you to get a concealed weapons permit. Don't get Mace. Get a firearm."

OK, he had me right up until he mentioned the [Taurus] Judge. Personally, my opinion is that women should not buy one of those. Men either, especially if you're a novice shooter. It's a big, clunky pistol with excessive recoil that you likely won't want to practice with so it won't do you much good at all if and when you need it. My thought is that you should get something a bit more controllable and enjoyable to shoot. That way, you'll stay practiced with it and be able to perform as required when the goblins appear. S&W J-frames, Kahr Arms, small Glocks...the options are numerous. Just get something reliable and comfortable, then take a class or two and practice, practice, practice.


  1. Yeah the Judge and gasp- the "Governor" from S&W are solutions in search of non-existent problems in my book. I agree fully with your assessment.

  2. And expensive! Have you seen the price of .410 or .45 LC lately?

    [insert standard novice shooter advice here]

  3. Agreed with ALL of your points! Hope you're feeling better!

  4. Helped a friend get both a Taurus Judge and a Bond Arms in .45 Long Colt. He lives in a Motor Home, has health issues leaving him with one weak hand, and needs to defend a space no longer than 40'. The Judge is in his bedroom and the Bond is his carry piece. The two are a compromise. They seemed to be the best choice for his circumstances.

    He is no novice; decades in Special Forces and other "interesting" situations gives him real world experience few others have.

  5. I've never understood the Judge until I saw a clueless guy buy one.

    Then it stuck me, the gun is for the clueless who think that it's '.410 shotgun' shell is some kind of sawed off 12 gauge in ability (and it ain't!)

    Personal I favor subcompact Glocks and J .38s, but there are other good picks.

    All require practice. But that is just it, the clueless don't want to practice. They want to just buy their protection and go about their business.

    It don't work that way!

  6. I saw this article this past Monday and wrote a piece to auto-post Tuesday morning.

    My comments here are more on the Judge.

    I bought one, and I can assure you that after my military life and law enforcement life, I knew exactly what I was getting.

    One helluva survival gun to keep on my airplane.

    I fly a lot of frequent cross-country trips where if, God forbid, I should have to make an off-site landing in an area not flush with civilization, I have no doubt that the Judge will be able to feed me via small game/birds and mid-size game via the 45 Long Colt.

    As for the gun itself, I'm not impressed with the quality. The front sight was cockeyed/crooked when I bought it, the action was rough as hell and grating, etc etc.

    I completely disassembled the firearm and went to work. What I have now is as reliable as anything in any of our gun safes.

    There will always be a dispute over self-defense weaponry, but one idiom will always win out: Buy and carry what you have confidence in.

    I've seen a lot of bodies in my previous lives, and ain't nothing uglier than what a shotgun will do at close range--yes, even a .410.

    The sheriff's point was, "Arm yourself because we (police) can't do jacksquat to protect you or even help you out."

    He simply pointed to the Judge as an example of a tool that can and WILL beat a rapist.


  7. With the kind of free advertising that the Sheriff has provided Taurus they should consider kicking him back some "training money" as a thank you.

  8. I always remember a gun discussion with a friend who quoted Jeff Cooper in regard to something or other (maybe 10mm, DAO, double-stack mags, or similar), "A solution to a problem that doesn't exist."

    Enter the Judge. Totally impractical for self-defense carry. Largely inferior to other alternatives for home defense. Serves no practical purpose other than as a novelty. Did I mention the Rhino? How about that new Rossi Mare's Leg?

  9. May I pose a question? There are 7 comments here (uncountable ones elsewhere) that put down the Judge.
    None of the 7 commenter admit to shooting it. How many of you 7 have tested The Judge?


  10. Well Kerry, I've never fired the Judge. I've also never fired "Dragon's Breath" shotgun shells, made a pistol out of an AR-15 or tried to turn a $39.00 Russian Mosin into a "sniper rifle" by adding a $20.00 Tasco scope. Some things you just know instinctively to be gimmicks with no practical application.

  11. Kerry,

    I have shot the original version not the public defender or Magnum variants. I was singularly unimpressed.

  12. Kerry,

    If I need snake-shot, they make very effective .45 and .44RM shot-loads. If I need the stopping power of a .45, I would much prefer a modern semi-auto, probably a 1911 clone in Commander size. If I want a revolver, there are a plethora of .38/357 and .44 quality firearms. If I want a shotgun to protect my home, a tactical 870 is first choice. The Judge is too large to carry, too small for home defense, too cumbersome to manipulate the cylinder to bring your instantly analyzed round-of-choice into battery. It simply is a novelty piece for fun walking around the ranch shooting at vicious tin cans or the occasional pop-up gopher.

    It reminds me of some of those salad shooter or shamwow ads on teewee.