Firearms

Cell Phone Camera Theory of Defensive Firearms

The other use of minature weapons: defusing yet another anit-gunner stereotype.

Larger camera—and guns—can get in the way of daily activities
Larger camera—and guns—can get in the way of daily activities
Tiny and precisely made, .25 Baby can come in handy as last-ditch defense.
Tiny and precisely made, .25 Baby can come in handy as last-ditch defense.
I am a professional photographer. My main camera with a general purpose lens weighs in at over five pounds. My backup with the most compact lens, at over three. It’s no wonder that these wonderful cameras sometimes get in the way of doing other things, such as shooting guns. I sometimes find myself carrying just a compact camera in my jacket pocket. Much inferior to the pro cameras, it still allows for publishable photos under most circumstances. But sometimes even that lightweight camera isn’t with me and I take photos like everybody else, with a cell phone. The results are no more than barely adequate, but how good do they have to be? The same question comes up in the endless discussions about the minimum necessary sidearm. Obviously, a full-size .45 is usually preferable to the pocketable .38, but what of the mouse guns? Are they like the cell phone cameras, deprecated by most people and just as enthusiastically used on a daily basis?    
This low-resolution photo became my best-seller.
This low-resolution photo became my best-seller.
The other use of miniature weapons: defusing yet another anit-gunner stereotype.
The other use of miniature weapons: defusing yet another anti-gunner stereotype.
When it comes to cameras, I have to remember that the most lucrative photo I ever licensed was taken with a sub-megapixel camera in 1999 and published in a major ad campaign in 2010. Having any camera in hand trumped all other considerations. There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that having any weapon, be it a small gun, a knife or a pointy stick, is instrumental in beating off attacks. A pocket pistol might not help much against a Beslan-level terrorist group but often suffices to discourage a single mugger or a rapist. And small guns are awesome conversation pieces to bring up whenever somebody claims that people carrying big guns are just compensating!

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Comments (5)

  1. I was always taught that the first rule of photography is: have a camera. Doesn’t matter how beautiful the scene, if you don’t have a camera you won’t have a picture.

    (Second rule: take a lot of photos – and throw away nearly all of them.)

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