Often I've been VERY tempted to buy a second copy of my favourite shooters. Especially if I see them for a decent price and in lovely shape. It takes some serious will power to just hand it back or step away from the computer.
But I know that the rest of you are weak and easily led astray :D So how many of you have bought a second or even third copy of your favourite or regular carry gun?
Pictures of the lovely pair or trio would not be amiss either.
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January 21, 2012, 12:34 AM
Very guilty! When I find the ones I like, I get several. Concerns of parts to some degree, concerns of bans to a larger degree, desire to pass them down, current ease of purchasing them, etc.
How many times have you heard, "I wish I had gotten/kept xyz gun when they were easy to get..."
January 21, 2012, 12:41 AM
I wish. I'm lucky to buy two guns. Now my son has two of everything and he is not born yet.
January 21, 2012, 12:42 AM
Yup. Several pairs. To leadcounsel's point: only one of my pairs is a gun in current production; if you like 'em, get 'em while you can.
January 21, 2012, 01:05 AM
2 Single Sixes
Different barrel lengths though.....not exactly spares
January 21, 2012, 01:43 AM
Nah. I specifically make a point of not doing so as once I have one of something I consider that my "representative copy" and don't want any more of them.
This applies to categories in general - IE, since I have a Glock 17 I no longer care to own any Glocks (since they all follow the same general pattern).
Now that I have an M&P 9L, I no longer care to own another M&P (regardless of full-size/compact/chambering), though for a completely different design from S&W (say, a Sigma), I wouldn't mind getting.
That's just sort of my way though. I'm big on variety. Having multiples of an item to close to another just bores me. I also consider the spare parts argument fairly weak, as from a financial perspective it'd likely be far more cost effective to track down the parts you need when you need them then to buy a whole 'nother gun. Besides, in the unlikely event that you DO need them, you're still going to have to render one perfectly fine gun inoperable in order to bring the other back to life. Thats about like taking you finger out of one hole in a dam to plug another :D.
January 21, 2012, 01:46 AM
I should add that the closest I've gotten to a duplicate is when I recently bought a short barrel Model 66S&W. For my DA revolvers I've settled on mostly K frame guns in .38 or .357. Up to the 66 I had a Model 10 6" and a model 19-3 6". I'd used the 10 for some IDPA practice nights and liked it. So then along comes the 66 that's been "stretched" to 4.25", which up here converts it to Restricted which I can own. So now I've got 3 K frame guns in 38 or 357.
Like you guys are justifying it's not really duplicates so much as growing a family. Besides I've got a supplier for K frame Safariland speed loaders. Thus my focus on the K frames. WHICH, being as the K frame design is such a lofty example of perfection, isn't hard to take.... :D
But the point of this was buying Actual Identical TWINS ! ! ! !
January 21, 2012, 02:53 AM
They're not my carry guns, and they're not identical (one's a -5, and the other a -6), but I have a backup for the 686 I use in matches. It's setup and tuned nearly identically to my primary gun.
Just to follow up, in my lifetime it's gotten harder (meaning more restrictive) to get guns and such. I'm not optimistic about it getting easier. Get 'em while you can.
When I was a kid, guns were displayed and sold at the hardware store. I don't know what was required to buy one, but I suspect it was little more than handing over your cash.
Now, many places have purchase limits, wait limits, always a background check, and more reasons to deny people than ever.
What's the phrase, "here today, gone tomorrow.."
January 21, 2012, 07:29 AM
Two rock tacs
January 21, 2012, 08:37 AM
Only 1 here... When my Dad passed he left me his J frame. I carried it for a while, then thought of what would happen if I ever got into a bad situation. Well, rather than it winding up in an evidence locker without the chance, or, gosh knows how long to get it back, I bought another to carry and leave Dad's at home. I can't take the chance of losing Dad's, and the replacement, they can have....
January 21, 2012, 09:51 AM
None of mine are identical. Some are close...
Two S&W 39-2
Two Model 27...(ones a "pre" the other a -2)
Five Model 10/M&P's, different barrel lengths
Two Model 15's (one a "pre" the other a -3)
Two Charter Arms Undercover 38's (different barrel lengths)
Two Type 53/Chinese Mosin Nagants
January 21, 2012, 10:06 AM
I am well known for having matching sets of handguns. The past couple years I have been striving to pay off the mortgage and I sold a number of guns towards this goal. Still have a few pairs (although not all are absolutely identical). I like 22/38 combos.
I have duplicates of many guns. I make a point of having duplicates of carry guns and I always have them with me when I travel. That way, if one gets broken/stolen/lost I have another available that will use the same magazines/speed loaders and fit the same holsters that I have with me.
January 21, 2012, 11:26 AM
The only reason I would ever own two of something is if I intended to carry them both at the same time.
January 21, 2012, 11:43 AM
I like pairs, especially for defensive guns as mentioned above, since using one will normally see it confiscated for evidence. I like to keep things simple, especially for the certainly high stress situation that using a gun defensively would entail. I don't want to worry about manipulating a safety or dealing with a change from a da/sa trigger. I only want to have to worry about two things, front sight on the target and finger OFF the trigger unless it's GO time.
It's also fun having a spare second at the range with friends for a little friendly competition. My brother lives several hours away now and had to sell most of his guns when he got maried and things got tight. My best friend lives out of state and lost nearly all his guns to a nasty ex and extended unemployment. When they come in we can still go to the range and have alot of fun shooting the same guns with them using my spares.
Spares IMHO don't have to be exact duplicates. I have a Glock 34 & 17L, the same other than barrel length, and in .454 my Ruger SRH 7.5" & Alaskan are substantially different but I have two weapons that use the same ammo & have the same controls & similar feel. My Ruger Charger .22's however are exact duplicates, both topped with an Eotech and are an absolute blast to shoot against one another.
I personally like limiting calibers so as to only have to stock a couple different kinds of ammo. I mainly have .22lr, 9mm & .45 colt (for the .454's). If my brother brings his shotgun we both use 12ga. Keeps accidents from happening, don't need to worry about dropping a 20ga in the 12, or putting a .44 mag in a .45 colt etc.. Also means if I have a pistol mag it's a 9mm Glock, no worries about mixing in a .40 mag or one for an M&P. Both my .22's can share mags. K.I.S.S. is a very good concept IMHO.
January 21, 2012, 12:03 PM
Purt nearly. My carry is a Taurus Millenium PRO in 9mm. If the DA gets it, I have the next upgrade, a Taurus 24/7 PRO C DS. Same ammo, same ergos, same holster.
January 21, 2012, 12:27 PM
I've several times done worse in mandating sequential serial numbers.:D
Since this picture was taken (several years ago), I have swapped the triggers in my 4" gun and my spare, so the only real difference between them is that the spare looks new, and the rollmarks are different. The EDC is a "Classic Stainless" and the spare is just a "Stainless." Aside from the trigger, changed by the previous owner, I cant find a difference.
I got the spare in case my EDC went down for some reason. Other than "I want one," which is a perfectly good reason IMO, I don't see a point in having doubles. It would be like having three Caprice Wagons (sprocket, are you on here?) for family or "wont fit in my Honda" duties instead of one. Sure the miles wont rack up as fast, but I would have to worry about maintenance on three cars, instead of just one.
January 21, 2012, 01:04 PM
I used to, I'm working away from it. When I got my first 3913 I was instantly enamored with the S+W 3rd gen single-stack 9mm's and went a little overboard. At one point I had a 3913, 3913 LS, 2 standard 3953's, a PC 3953, 3953 TSW and a CS9. When I accepted the fact that "I'm not a gun collector" :o I started getting rid of a few. I'm down to a std 3953, PC 3953 and 3913. When I decide what gun I want next, one of those will probably be sold to pay for it. (I try to not sell a gun away except to use the money for another gun.)
I figured out I don't have the money or the room to be "a collector", and I don't shoot the duplicates enough to justify keeping them. My daughter has recently started shooting with me for fun and showing a real interest. If that contiunues and she shows a preference for one of these or one of the other guns I have dupes of, it would probably become hers instead of sold or traded for another one for me.
January 21, 2012, 01:28 PM
Yes and No. I have 3 XDs, but each is different. One is a 9, one a 40 and one a 9SC. Don't think I'll exactly duplicate anything unless my wife wants her own, hence the two 9mm.
January 21, 2012, 03:05 PM
I can't say I ever have.
Then again, with school and everything my pockets were pretty empty. One of these days perhaps.
January 21, 2012, 03:22 PM
The one guy that made having 2 of the same gun for carry acceptable was Hopalong Cassidy and his matching Colt SAA's in .45LC, white stocks in the dual black holster rig embellished with silver detail. Now THAT made sense :D
January 21, 2012, 05:06 PM
The only gun I've yet owned that I considered buying a duplicate of was my Glock 26, just so I could carry both. :neener:
Kind of a pipe dream, and I doubt I'll ever do it, but in reality, I shoot the G26 nearly equally well with the right or left hand, while shooting one-handed, so.....;)
Not yet, for the one I'm currently running. But I have spares for most of the pistols I've used in the past.
If my main competition gun breaks, I don't want to be sidelined for a month while I order a new pistol, wait for it to ship, get it set up how I like, test it for reliability, et cetera...
January 21, 2012, 06:11 PM
I'm wishing I'd have bought that 4" Python when I had the chance, to go along with my 6" in the safe. I still might, I may have to get rid of a couple of rifles just sitting......... times running out, best do that!
January 21, 2012, 06:19 PM
Yep...Guilty. I have duplicates of many guns. I collect the old 870 Wingmaster. I have several in various configurations / gauges. I have a mess of Glocks with some duplication. Same for Ruger 10/22's
January 21, 2012, 08:02 PM
To Peter Eick. All I can say is...... WOW!......
January 21, 2012, 09:08 PM
I haven't, but I'd like to. "A pair, and a spare", always sounded like a good plan.
January 21, 2012, 11:09 PM
G21s-had 3 of them!
1911s-have 3 of them!
G17s have 3 of them!
January 22, 2012, 12:05 AM
I would if I could afford it. I do have duplicate rifles, though.
January 23, 2012, 11:36 PM
I've done it in the past but reality eventually asserts itself and I get rid of the duplicate. Variety is part of the fun of firearms.
January 24, 2012, 08:12 AM
I do have some doubles and some not the same but their parts are inter changeable.
Im not perinoid but if it ever gets really bad I like the Idea of being able to stay up and running.
Never Know you just might need to arm some one else.
January 24, 2012, 11:23 AM
I'm going to start. My fiance and I both have Sigs so its easy to use the same mags and to keep spare parts around.
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January 24, 2012, 11:59 AM
That would be me. Rifles, too. I've got multiple .308 Ruger M77 Internationals and Model 94s...in .30-30 and .32 Special.
January 24, 2012, 12:10 PM
I have/did/do. I've worn out a couple or so Belgian HP's. With a couple Inglis's thrown in to slow down the carnage rate. They stopped making those Belgians some time back and I want my present precious to remain fairly so. In other words, I can now throw lead downrange without cringing out of my "new" and snazzy Charles Daly Hi-Power. It even came with a CT laser thingy for free and it works pretty darn neat! Good times.
January 24, 2012, 12:26 PM
Although not really identical guns, I do tend to double-up on certain handgun models that I particularly like using or models that fit in a necessary niche. Why? Well, stuff can break and need to go in the shop for repair, leaving you without a favorite shooter. Having another copy of the same model that uses the same magazines and functions the same is a plus.
Since I didn't read all the responses, I don't know if anyone has repeated the Navy SEALs motto, "One is none and two is one."
January 24, 2012, 12:33 PM
I have two HK P7's although they are not identical. One is an M8, ther other a PSP.
I did buy two Colt 01918 WWI Repros as they really define the original 1911 for me albeit with modern materials, and they are shootable, not being as collectable is an original. I shoot one, and the other is a safe queen.
January 24, 2012, 12:35 PM
2 870 Wingmasters and 2 Benelli Novas.
January 24, 2012, 02:19 PM
I have a few close but try to vary a little.I get one in one caliber and another in a different caliber.
January 24, 2012, 03:05 PM
I'm a submariner. In my world we believe in dual redundancy - or "two of everything". If one breaks you have a spare to keep you going. I carried this philosophy to my "heavy use" defense guns - I try to have "two of each". That way if one breaks or otherwise becomes unusable then I have an identical backup that I can either pull out of my range bag or gun safe and drive-on.
I have nearly identical M4's - "Fat Bob" and "Skinny Bob". The only difference between the two is that "Fat Bob" is fitted with a Surefire M500A Weaponlight and "Skinny Bob" is fitted with a MagPul MOE Handguard and a detachable flashlight.
I have two identically equipped Glock 19s. They're stock except both are fitted with XS 27/7 big dot tritium night sights.
I have two Remington 870's.
Another advantage is I can use the same holster and magazines regardless of which gun I'm using. So there's a cost savings there.
January 24, 2012, 03:45 PM
i have to buy two of everything new, otherwise my wife will keep em all to her self.
January 24, 2012, 03:47 PM
If it is a good gun & I can afford it 5or 6 is better!
January 24, 2012, 07:36 PM
I try to avoid duplicates, I would rather buy something else new that I like. A few rounds won't tell me if I really love a gun...I need to test it extensively to know. I have multiple 1911's for example, but they are all a little different....one in 9mm, one full size stainless...
January 24, 2012, 09:55 PM
Must be nice to have that kind of money. :(
January 24, 2012, 10:08 PM
I do.I have 2 G19s, 2 G17s and 2 smith 640s.I have 3 holsters, each being different colors so i know which gun they go with.
January 25, 2012, 12:40 AM
I have spares, but not so much to shoot. I expect my firearms to continue to function. If I really like a particular model, I eventually will want at least one of each major variation produced of that model in every caliber (barrel length, finish, caliber, etc.).
So lets take an example: Colt Trooper Mark III revolver made in 357 mag, 22LR, and 22WMR in blue and nickel finishes in 4, 6, and 8" barrel lengths... that's a lot of individual guns... 18 by my count. But I guess you could say they aren't identical.
January 25, 2012, 12:07 PM
Since I shoot CAS, so I think of pistols as pairs. Shooting two different pistols, especially in different calibers and barrel length, is very hard to do. I found this out about this when I started shooting CAS in '94 with a 7 1/2" bbl Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44 Magnum and a 4 5/8" Blackhawk in .357 Magnum. This was a very hard pair of pistols to transition between. I found myself getting very involved with the OM Vaquero, of which I have several pairs in different calibers and barrel lengths. Whether .44 Mag, .44-40 or .45 Colt, I load them to Cowboy era .45 Colt equivalent, and can swap them very well. I think that the .44 Magnum cartridge has affected my choices heavily, as it can be loaded to do so many tasks very well, from indoor range paper puncher to full house Raptor hunting rounds. There is a scene in the film Jurassic Park, where the T-Rex plunges his head through the waterfall trying to snag a bit of meat, that has always interested me. If one of the characters hiding in the cleft of the rock had a S&W Model 29, Colt Anaconda or Ruger Redhawk in .44 Magnum, and fired six heavily loaded rounds into the critters head, with emphasis on hitting the eyes, it may take a bit of time, but there would probably be a dead T-Rex lying at the base of the waterfall when the people emerge.:rolleyes:
Here is my Ruger collection again. I tend towards 5 1/2" to 7 1/2" barrels:
No, I just make sure I take care of the one I got. My reasoning is that there are waaaay to many interesting/desirable firearms that I want, so cash tied up in duplicates isn't going towards the bucket list.
I'm also not the type to shoot the same thing over and over, like some do. I know guys who own a bunch of guns, but only shoots one, all the time. I get bored doing that and need variety in my life.
The one exception to the rule is if I find just a smoking good deal on one that I already have, then I don't have a problem snatching it up and putting it in the safe. Not so much as a backup, but just cause.
January 25, 2012, 10:47 PM
Peter M. Eick, you are a class act! Very nice collections.
To answer the question, yes, two S&W 642s, one for each pocket. The fastest j-frame reload I know of is a second gun.
January 26, 2012, 07:26 AM
I have 2 XD40 cal service models.Love the feel.
January 26, 2012, 08:55 AM
I don't have any other "spares" but I do maintain multiples of each TYPE. No need to change ALL my gear, just some of it.
January 26, 2012, 09:00 AM
I have many J-frames, but no two of the same exact model -- so I guess that doesn't count.
I'm afraid that, for me, there are too many intriguing guns out there, and too many that I want to experience owning, to consider buying the same model.
January 27, 2012, 01:25 AM
No exact spares but something similar. My favorite pistol is the 1911, so now I own 4 (2 different model Kimbers, a S&W and a pre-CZ Dan Wesson) and I'm on the lookout for #5. In revolvers, my favorite is probably the S&W Mountain Gun and I have that in .44Mag and .45Colt, and a 686+ with 4" barrel (very similar to the Mtn Gun) and the 610 (essentially the same gun but in 10mm). And am on the lookout for a Mtn Gun in .41Mag.
January 27, 2012, 03:29 AM
It's odd but I thought this question would have produced more folks which bought identical or very closely similar versions of their favourite competition or self defense guns so that if something happened to put one out of commision that the "spare" would cover off in the meantime. Obviously some of you went that route but not as many as I was expecting.
In my own case shooting is for fun only. So there's no real need for a proper spare. My only identical twins are my CAS guns. I've got a pair of Uberti C&B Remington clones that are by chance only sequentially serial numbered and a pair of identical Pietta 1873 clones. But the rest of my semis and revolvers are all varied. No other matching pairs as yet.
January 27, 2012, 10:54 AM
Cleaning a gun, step one: load another gun
How else are we supposed to do it?
January 27, 2012, 06:03 PM
Spares - not in pistols or rifles so much. I do have two 1911s. One is my Bullseye gun, the other not. The rest are all different pieces. I try to keep one in every major (and some minor) chamberings from .22LR to .500 S&W.
The same with rifles - all different and different cartridges. Five or six .22s, none the same kind of rifle.
Shotguns - well....not exactly the same models but...I like SXSs and have a half dozen of those; all 12 gauge. The other shotguns are all different, some 12s, 20s, 410s - pumps, O/Us, semis.
January 28, 2012, 07:25 AM
10 pairs of Ruger vaqueros.:evil:
I also had a pair of The ruger old armies in bright stainless with 5 1/2' barrels
9 almost identical Savage model 12/112's including matching Leupold scopes
and lots more pairs
I currently own 2 LCP's
2 Glock 23's
2 Taurus Pt 1911's in Duo-tone finish
2 Ruger single sixes in 32 H&R mag bright stainless
2 Kimber Eclipse pro's ( the only difference is one has Target sights)
2 Kimber ultra's one blue one stainless
Several other 1911's
2 savage model 12's in 204 identical plus another in 223
3 Ar's all slightly different
In the future I will be looking to pair up any handgun that is worth keeping. I also want a pair of the new Ruger Birds head 45's.
January 28, 2012, 09:58 AM
Nothing wrong with having "spares" if that is what you want to do with your money. If I like a firearm, I will often own more than one, but they will not be exact copies unless it is for collector reasons. I don't buy spares to shoot so much as I expect guns to last a while. But I don't shoot many thousands of rounds of centerfire ammunition from any particular gun per year. Some don't see 25 rounds shot in a year. I prefer to shoot 22's.
I don't have any rifles that are duplicates unless you consider a Remington 541-S and 541-T a duplicate. Every one of my rifles were purchased to shoot. But I do own some 22's that I have never shot yet. Most are waiting for a scope. Since I have sufficient numbers to satisfy my urge to shoot pretty much whatever I feel like, having a new 22 rifle (even an expensive one) that I have not shot yet is no big deal to me. I tend to like the rifle more and will often buy another one when I should be probably getting the ones I already own to the point where I will choose them to shoot with some regularity.
January 29, 2012, 08:58 PM
I usually do it with surplus guns that may be hard to find parts for down the road.
Until recently, when I got my RIA 9mm 1911 I made do with a Star BM, bought one to shoot one for parts and one to collect.
Got a second Romanian TTC to collect since I've shot the bejezzes out of the first with all the cheap surplus ammo I'd stocked up on.
For current production stuff, I don't really see the need, although I've got enough 1911s that are just minor variations its hard to claim otherwise, but I just like 1911s plain and simple.
March 10, 2012, 07:39 PM
Guilty, several times. Once with an expensive custom gun.
March 10, 2012, 10:02 PM
I wonder if my IHC Garand qualifies as an "identical" spare to my SA Garands?
March 10, 2012, 10:32 PM
March 11, 2012, 08:30 PM
Yes, with pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns.
March 11, 2012, 10:13 PM
Yes, I like the idea of duplication or standardization.
In the late 80s, I had 11 1911s in varying degrees of customization, from the basic trigger job with beavertail, all the way to full race gun with compensator.
So yes, the 1911 was my favorite platform then, but revolvers had a place in my heart and safe. Two identical six inch 686-3s, a 6 inch 586, a 6 inch 17-3 as well as a pair of stainless (6" and 4.2") GP100s lived in my safe at some point in the last 10 years and most of these have been sold or traded away.
Lately, I have discovered the rugged P-series aluminum framed DA/SA Rugers so have a pair of Ruger P89s, a P90 and P91 (these all share the same platform), 4 x 1911s that are very closely set-up.
March 12, 2012, 11:48 AM
Honestly, I would rather have a new gun to drool over and play with, than another copy of one that I already own. ;)
March 12, 2012, 12:48 PM
I have several duplicate hand guns, but none were bought as 'spares' for anything.
March 12, 2012, 12:55 PM
Do shotguns count? I have three of the same make, family, and gauge. Each is specialized for a different role: field, HD, sabots.
Why? Standardized functionality. No matter which I'm holding, it operates as expected without conscious thought about how to make it fire. That leaves with just whether to make it fire.
March 12, 2012, 01:15 PM
If not idenical, close to it.
March 12, 2012, 05:46 PM
Had one, sold it. bought another kept it found myself wanting another "Just in case"
Why not? One can look and look for a reliable gun and not find the one that "fits" you. So when you do find that "one" I say buy as many as you can get.......Just in case;)
March 12, 2012, 06:40 PM
I just bought another Makarov. They look identical, but one's a 9mm short and the other one's a 9mm Mak. They use the same mag,but a different round. I've got to pay attention at the range.
March 12, 2012, 10:20 PM
No exact copies, just to many quality handguns out there. I am in the process, though,of trying to collect different barrel lengths of the same model revolver.
March 13, 2012, 02:12 AM
Both of my carry guns are set up identical, but different manufacturers.
March 15, 2012, 03:18 AM
Ser 70 x2 , 25-2 * 3/8" x2 , FN-FAL 50.63 , 50.64., Izzy Hbar STG or three ...
Low Budget Shooter
March 15, 2012, 03:39 AM
I was glad when I was able to get a second 4.25" 1911. I like the idea that if for any reason I lose the use of my EDC, the other is ready to replace it. LBS
March 15, 2012, 03:40 AM
Of the ones I like or use the most, I have more than one. Might not be the same model, but the extra gun is the same caliber. My main reason is for replacement if one of them breaks and I cannot find a new one at an affordable price.
March 15, 2012, 03:41 AM
It's interesting that after 3 pages worth we're not seeing a lot of folks with identical or near identical competition or defensive use guns. I guess that the desire to try out something related but different wins out more than the idea of having an identical backup in case of some issue with the primary.
I'm in the same boat though. Lots of stuff that is sort of similar but no two that are identical. Welllllll .... other than a couple of pairs of SA revolvers which are used for CAS events. That's sort of different though due to the need for two similar style revolvers to be equipped to shoot in these events.
March 15, 2012, 06:53 AM
In 2005 I bought a USED Kel-Tec P11. It proved to be 100% reliable and surprisingly accurate, so in 2008 I bought another one.
March 15, 2012, 07:08 AM
i own 2 model 29 S&W's one is blued with 8 3/8 barrel and the other is nickle with a 6 inch barrel.
March 16, 2012, 05:13 AM
I just found a Charles Daly Hipower (FEG) for sale and I can't afford it. I'd love another FEG hp clone.
March 18, 2012, 01:49 AM
When I started this thread I was thinking that there would be a lot more folks with identical duplicates that either wanted an identical spare for competition or for defensive use in case the primary gun became unuseable due to a breakdown.
It's interesting that what seemed like a good idea is so rare. At least if this thread is any indication.
March 18, 2012, 02:05 AM
I'm exactly the kind of guy that would do such a thing, but I haven't so far. Guns are pricey and I'd rather buy something I don't have. Can't say it won't happen though.
March 18, 2012, 06:16 AM
I have been doing that more and more for guns I really like and spares for a SHTF type situation.
I have 2 Makarovs, a Browning Hi Power and an FM Hi Power, a S&W model 19 snub and S&W model 66 snub. I also have 2 S&W J frame Airweights, but one is a 442 and the other is a 638, so they're not identical. As you can see I like the idea of familiar doubles. YMMV.
March 18, 2012, 07:00 AM
If I had the money I would buy a spare. As of right now all my carry guns are similar. They all are Glocks in 9mm but with different barrel lengths. The Glock 19 is my main carry gun but the 26 and 17 are there for when I need or want something else. I do want to buy a 34 for competition and for a HD gun (I currently use my 17).
The Lone Haranguer
March 18, 2012, 09:59 AM
I haven't done this myself, but for a defensive handgun it makes a lot of sense. If you're involved in a shooting with it, it will most likely get taken from you as evidence, anywhere from a few months to a few years. This isn't a good time to have to go unarmed. So it would be very convenient to have a replacement whose operation you're already familiar with and already fits your existing carry gear. But, for just collecting and shooting as a sport/hobby, I wouldn't get multiples of identical guns.
March 18, 2012, 01:59 PM
Nope, I like sampling different guns too much to have a 100% duplicate. :)
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