This is all about the drama:
The states attorney is going to say all kinds of bad things about anything you do in order to get a conviction. It does not matter what they say it matters what a jury believes. This is a function of what the states attorney says and what your lawyer says. You have no control over this whatsoever. You are trying to prepare for a test without having any idea on what the test is about. If you even look at all of the things Mas brings up there is a strategy to how he does things that varies from case to case.
So look here are the known facts:
There is very little to any evidence that any modifications to firearms has had any real effect on a court case.
A gun with a extremely heavy trigger is hard to hit things with (ask the NYPD about the NYC glock trigger and look at the hit statistics)
You are the person he has the decision to make about mods to your gun everything in this thread is for the most part opinion
I have made the choice to make is possible to get decent hits stabbing the trigger hard while point shooting (the most likely use case I will have for a defensive firearm)
Nothing good ever happens once the gun comes out. It is a matter of less bad things happening. If you take this attitude you will be far better off. You cant prepare for a violent encounter you can only train to react better to it.
You are not the police. You are not responsible for protecting everyone (even the police are not). Make the best choices you can and live with them. by the way all of my defensive guns are between 4 and 5 lbs.
These are all good thoughts from thobart.
That a prosecutor will rip you apart for using a gun in self defense that has been modified so that you can shoot better is the art of folklore.
More along the lines that they are going to say you should not have shot someone, you should not have shot them as many times as you did and that you could have run away.
It is all about what the jury hears and thinks about what they hear nothing else. For what it is worth even in Illinois they have not really prosecuted many self defense cases wrongly. Now the whole UUW thing a while back was kind of BS. Also you have some protection from civil suits it "can" get thrown out of the shooting is ruled justified but lawyers are good and slipping through the loopholes.
You have to make the choice just dont pull the gun out if there is not an immediate credible threat to great harm. I try to keep some form of escalation of force with me at all times. My very bright flashlight has served me well in downtown Chicago. 2000 lumens puts a spotlight on people acting stupid if there is some distance and you keep aware. I have spotlighted quite a few homeless acting funny downtown in the middle of the night. Drama stooped right away.
Edited by thobart, 08 December 2017 - 01:08 AM.