Tami Keel on carrying spare parts for one’s guns around:
I actually have two spare-parts trays for my Glocks. One is a larger tray that stays at home and has all the things that came off guns when replaced by aftermarket bits, as well as routine-maintenance parts like recoil-spring assemblies and such. There’s a spare set of uninstalled night sights in there in case the ones on my carry gun start leaking tritium or spit their little vials or inserts out.
I too always carry spare parts for my 1911 or High Power (whichever I’m carrying at the time), and it’s not recoil buffers, extractors or springs.
It’s a collection of parts known as “Smith & Wesson Model 637 Airweight”.
And Tami provides just such a rationale when she writes (emphasis added):
With Glocks, it’s generally trigger-return springs or extractors that break, and I’ve got a couple of each in the tray. And, thanks to the reminder in the discussion that started this train of thought, it’s going to have a couple spring-loaded bearings in it now, too. When I used 1911s, I generally had a second, fitted extractor, as well as a recoil-spring plug. With revolvers…well, there’s not too much that’s likely to break or fall off on a revolver, and what there is generally can’t be fixed while watching TV in a motel room.
Actually, all this is making me increasingly want to carry a revolver as my primary goblin repellent. Either of these would do:
Whether the blued Colt Trooper MkIII (~$1,000 secondhand) or the stainless S&W Mod 65 (~$650 ditto), I would suggest that either of these oldtimer .357 Mag wheelguns would do the trick (along with, it should be said, a couple-three speedloaders)*. And instead of the S&W 637, I’d carry a small semi-auto in my pocket as backup, such as the Kahr PM9 (~$400) in 9mm Europellet:
I await with equanimity my Readers’ scorn, insults and opprobrium in response to this plan.
*Of course, given my druthers I’d go for a Python, but the price (~$3,000) makes my nose bleed. Even the King Cobra (~$2,000) brings the red stuff from my nasal passages,beautiful though it is:
I wish I wasn’t so damn poor…