After 40 years of riding you learn something about riding a bike, and that is you are never going to get your handgun out in time to defend yourself before your either shot or ran over.
The cyclist in Reading, Pennsylvania, after being taken off the bike by a sucker punch to the face and then a kick to the head by another thug, drew and used his pistol to save his own life.
You and I WILL fight for your life when the chips are down.
...because in real life 98% of shootings take place within 7 feet of the target, and 95% are only able to get one shot off; so carrying one of my larger handguns with me would would make no sense, plus take up room and add weight on the bike.
Incorrect. Read the statistics. Most folks keep pulling the trigger until the handgun is empty or the threat is stopped.
Here is just one study, of many:
"SOP-9, as it is called, is NYPD's ongoing statistical study of lethal-force incidents in which MOSs (Members of Service) are involved. It dates from the 1860s to the present and is a credible source of information, one of the few available.
For years, we were all told SOP-9 established the "average" number of rounds fired by an MOS during a lethal encounter was two to three. We later learned that figure was incorrect and was actually the result of sloppy statistical analysis. Naive statisticians simply took the total of all rounds fired outside of the firing range and divided it by the total number of shooting "Incidents." Unhappily, "incidents" included accidents and suicides!
A more careful analysis of the data (which included only intentional shootings) revealed the actual figure to be very close to six rounds. What that said to us all was that officers, when threatened with lethal violence, were firing every round they had in their six-shot revolvers. After six shots, there was a mandatory pause for a conventional reload or a "NY reload," which consisted of producing a second revolver! After the reload, additional shooting was rarely necessary.
That was prior to 1994. In 1994 autoloading pistols were introduced to the NYPD system.
When autoloaders (mostly Glocks, with an occasional S&W and Beretta) came into the NYPD system, we all expected that figure (six) to go up into the teens, fully expecting officers to continue to fire every round they have. The latest data has shown our expectations to be incorrect!
The new "average" number of rounds fired is eight. Subsequent data may alter that number, but that is what we have now. What jumps out at me is that, after eight rounds are fired, the parties separate or accommodate to the point where additional shooting is not necessary, at least in the short term, even though the officer is fully capable of firing more rounds. NYPD shooting accuracy has improved steadily, but the average hit percentage is still below twenty, so, out of eight rounds fired, only one or two are likely to impact anywhere on the suspect. In most cases, hit or not, the suspect disengages and runs away."
Attackers do not stop unless you get a hit in on a vital organ or central nervous system. This takes bullet penetration, expansion and often multiple hits. Many more recent LEO shootings report the officers shooting to slide-lock in an almost automatic response. If something is worth shooting once, it's usually worth shooting a few more times to make certain the threat is stopped.
Orange Joolius took one, well placed round to the chest. His blood pressure probably dropped immediately. The second thug took one to the throat and probably freaked out, despite being able to carry on the fight had he been totally commited to doing so. The Reading cyclist was either VERY cool under pressure and a good shot or he got lucky. My guess is a little of both.
As far as size and weight go...9.4 ounces is what the 7-round (6+1) Ruger LCP or Kel-Tec P38T weighs. I'm guessing your 2-shot all-steel derringer weighs as much or more. The newest pocket pistols help even the odds out a bit...especially against the multiple attacker scenario faced by folks that run into the gangs the ghetto thugs like to engage their victims with.
Ride safely, Froze, and enjoy the day! The wilier got the chain cleaned this morning and I'm headed out to get it dirty again!