The type of training you receive these days depends a great deal on how “high-speed, low-drag” your defensive handgun instructor believes he is. The country is seemingly flooded with “operators” who believe they are the light and the way with regard to defensive pistolcraft. Some can shoot, some can teach—but most try to turn the average citizen into a door-kicker on a hostage rescue team wielding a full-size fighting pistol within a week.
Students walk away with a smile and a certificate and then purchase a big fighting pistol just like their instructor who has muscles almost as large as his ego. Like with everything else in life, common sense is the ship that logic sails on. If you believe that you and your neighbor who live in suburban America need the same training and handgun as SEAL Team Six members, knock yourself out. If you follow that same logic we’d all be riding to church in a Humvee and fishing for bluegills out of a Zodiac boat.
Recently we’ve seen a rash of sub-compact handguns become available from most manufacturers who have traditionally offered full-size duty and honest-to-goodness fighting pistols. The public has gravitated to these little guns for obvious reasons. They are easy to carry and easy to conceal. And, after all, the first rule of a gunfight is to have a gun.