Posted September 17, 2018 9:00 am by Comments

By Don Summers

“Five shots. If it was good enough for Sam Spade, it’s good enough for me,” said John Clark, editor of the magazine Cowboy Chronicle Quarterly, referencing the fictional character from a host of detective stories, about his everyday carry.
Clark, who has competed in cowboy action shooting events for nearly 25 years, said his decision to carry a revolver over some popular semi-auto handgun with a larger magazine is based on simplicity and peace of mind. “Pull it out, pull the trigger and it always fires. You only have five shots, but you always know you have them,” he said.
Although some of his shooter friends disagree with his carry preference – because they want as many rounds as possible, Clark argues: “Unless you’re a police officer or someone who has to put themselves in the line of danger, five shots should be enough. If you need more than five shots, you shouldn’t have gone there.”
Clark explained that he’s competed with both 1911s and Glocks and while both are reliable enough they may, at some point, jam. “If you carry and you’re not willing to put in the practice time required to learn how to deal with and clear jams –  and


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