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Chasing Unicorns

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Night Rider, Apr 20, 2022.

  1. lee n. field

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    Internet gun culture is gear obsessed and status obsessed. Gear can be measured. Gear can be photographed and shown to these unseen others on the Internet that might (or might not) be real people.

    We (lots of us) spend lots of money trying to get the last percentage point of optimization. Often far into diminishing returns. Things are a lot easier when you decide you don't need to do that. "Good enough."

    There's also the thing the Bible calls "covetousness".

    Sounds like my XDS-s. The hot new thing a decade ago. Absolutely passe now. They work, I have a pile of magazines, holsters to fit, and the manufacturer still supports it. And they don't do anything less now than they did then.
     
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  2. .455_Hunter

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    At age 22 in 1998, I walked into my hometown LGS and plopped down $380 + tax for a NIB S&W Model 60-12. This was one of the last .38 only variants and is pre-lock but post-MIM.

    I often wonder if that gun, plus the NAA Mini I bought in 2000, should have been a stopping point for my carry needs. It sure would have saved a bunch of money over the next 20 years.
     
  3. Pat Riot

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    I like Glocks, but…I had a Gen 3 G26 and a Gen 3 G19. I just couldn’t truly like either one. I really like my G45 and my two G34s. The G34s are Gen 3 because that’s all you can buy new here in Granola Land. That will change soon when I retire and leave here forever and head back home. I have lived all over the US. This latest stint in purgatory is a 3 1/2 year run.

    Anyway, I have never really chased “Unicorns” or the latest and greatest, but I am really thankful for gun ranges that rent guns so I cat truly see if a newly released gun really meets my needs. Often, they do not.
    Renting guns has been such a boon to me. I am human. I see something cool or someone talks about their new “something cool” and like most guys I get curious.
    I did by one gun because it seemed really cool to me. I didn’t research it. I didn’t rent one. I just bought it. It was a Remington R51.
    Talk about a kick in the groin. It’s gone now. Thank Gawd.
    I am more of a revolver guy so my mouth really doesn’t water at the sight of new semiautos.
    For years I wanted a Browning Hi-Power and a CZ75. Finally one day I rented them. That was a let down. Truly happy I never bought either one.

    I did shoot a G42, a G43 and a couple of S&W Shields about 4 years ago in Oregon. Once I get back to the USA there’s a good chance I will end up with one of them. That and a Glock 44. Those came out just as I left OR and came to CA.

    I have gotten a bit off track from the thread.
    The Unicorns I do chase are older S&W revolvers. I do want an old model 27 and an old Ruger Blackhawk. I think those are Unicorns I will keep if I catch them. :D
     
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  4. tarosean

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    If someone actually throws that smaller/lighter/more compact gun in their pocket and leaves the larger gun at home seems like it is actually conductive to self defense.

    I have had to make adjustments to my EDC for physical issues that have crept up over the years. We cannot beat father time so we must adjust accordingly.
     
  5. Airborne Falcon

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    About as well-put as it can be put ... thank you.
     
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  6. Speedo66

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    When we transitioned to semi-autos in the mid 90's, I bought a compact one to replace my S&W model 36. Long retired, still have it and consider it my primary home SD gun. Although I normally pocket carry a LCP, if I'm going to an area considered dangerous, I'll take it instead.

    I've trained with it, know it well, and feel confident in its abilities. So while I might want to rent/ try another gun from time to time, at this point I am not buying anything else in its place. This gun fits my needs and I'll keep forever,

    Just happens to be a Glock 26.
     
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  7. NapalmMan67

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    I live south of the Cheddar curtain too, so probably. :D
     
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  8. Obturation

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    Lol. Yeah, I believe it's the same abbreviation I'm thinking of. My mom's from Kenosha but she just says flatlanders.
     
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  9. JR24

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    Ugh, you two just reminded me it’s gonna be FISHTAB season up here soon on our highways and lakes. ;):D
     
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  10. NapalmMan67

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    I don't own a boat any more, so only FISH for me. lol Actually, I curse at more IL license plates when I'm in Cheeseland than I do Cheese Heads. My wife's an IL native but is a life long Packer Backer.

    And then I come along and make all you Packer and "Da Bears" fans mad, Purple Power baby! Wooooot.
     
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  11. jdc1244

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    For me my next new perfect carry gun turned out to be a revolver - perfection realized nearly 200 years ago.
     
  12. d2wing

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    After trying several guns I fell for a H&K VP9. fits my hand perfectly, I shoot it very well and it is the right size for me. Never liked the squarish Glocks. I thought I would really like a USP9 but nope.
     
  13. Resist Evil

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    I am always interested in the latest and greatest as revealed by gun mfrs because they're sexy to see. I've had several different handguns in the past and once I owned a 1911, I settled in.

    In recent years while looking to find a smaller form factor to carry, I bought a Sig P938 SAS, but never shot it after shooting the wife's version, so it sits NIB in the safe. Next, the Shield was pleasant enough to shoot and carry, but short on ammo. If I want low capacity, I'll stick with my 1911. At least it's a .45.

    The plastic handgun I'm most pleased with that is both small and has a decent ammo capacity is the Sig P365. I use the 12-round mag and it fits my hand very well. So, I have a 9mm that is not too small to shoot well, but is easy and light to carry, even though it only shoots half-size pellets as compared to my .45.

    Even though I like to look at all the new shiny models of firearms I see in the magazines, the rainbow really ended on the 1911, but now I have a smaller gun and I'm not looking for any more to buy........................................oooooh! Is that the new Ruger LCP Max I see over there?!?
     
  14. Howland937

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    In terms of carry gun, I haven't felt any great urge to upgrade or deviate from what I've been doing for years. Was new when I got it, but the design itself is older than most anyone living. I shoot it a lot, shoot it well, and I enjoy shooting it, which means I'm more likely to practice.

    In the non-carry gun realm, I've been leaning more toward things that are out of production and have been for quite a while. I gave up on newest and latest because I figured out long ago they're very seldom the greatest.
     
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  15. JoeHenry

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    I’m not really into the latest and greatest plastic. My carry piece for over twenty years was a J frame Smith. Now it all depends where and what I am doing. My Sig P365 (one of my only two plastic guns) kinda gets carried about half time, J frame the other half. If I purchase something new to me it is usually an older gun and not the latest and greatest.
    My most recent purchase’s, model 10-5 with 5” pencil barrel and a really nice Springfield TRP.
     
  16. Night Rider

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    You know you can get a Shield in .45 and it's the same capacity as a 1911?
     
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  17. md7

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    I’ve experimented with different weapons over the years. Still buy the occasional pistol here and there, but mostly full sized range guns.

    My search for ccw is over. I’ve settled into a Glock 26. I’ve got spare 26, 19, and 17 Glock mags for it along with holsters. Would never say that it’s the best ccw option ever, but it does what I need it to. So I’m at a point where I’m content and not looking for something else.

    In fairness, it took some experience and trying different things before getting there.
     
  18. Mosin77

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    There have been some legitimate technological upgrades and improvements over the years. The P365 you buy today is, from a practical point of view, superior in function in almost every way to the model 36 or PPK or AMT Backup or Baby Browning that was a state of the art carry piece in its day.

    Is it better than a Glock 26? Arguably yes. Is it enough better than the G26 to justify upgrading? Maybe. You could probably sell the G26 now and get most of what you initially paid for it, which would go much of the way toward buying the P365. So actual out of pocket cost wouldn’t be horrendous. But going through the rigamarole of trying new holsters etc would be tedious. And if you’re happy with the Glock, I probably wouldn’t bother.
     
  19. HarryB

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    Funny, I've gone backwards. Sold the polymers to get a SW 686+ and a Sig P226 MK25
     
  20. Old Dog

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    The unicorns I chase are not typically the latest and the greatest but rather older and sometimes, classic handguns. I'm a lot happier when I score a fine old revolver than when buying a new polymer pistol.

    I will freely admit I did jump on the SIG P-365 bandwagon with both feet -- with no real expectations as I've been perfectly happy with the handguns I use and carry most over the past 40 years -- but this pistol actually exceeded my expectations, especially the XL version.

    I'm leaning to the conclusion that I scored a unicorn that actually is a better mousetrap....

    I'm only human. I've given in to temptation, and surely will again in the future. But I'm not chasing perfection, nor do I get sucked into believing the hype about the new greatest gun ever. I don't think there's any such thing as the "perfect" carry gun, but I'm all about the journey, not the destination. I'll continue to be somewhat of an impulse buyer, but I'm not going to indulge in frequent introspection of firearms tastes, desires or purchase patterns.

    I'm at the stage of life where I have a decent disposable income with which to splurge on luxury items; firearms are only a small portion of my consumerism. Done with overthinking this stuff...
     
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  21. Demi-human

    Demi-human maybe likes firearms a little bit…

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    I get it. And have suffered from, or enjoyed throughly, G.A.S. for some time. Gun Acquisition Syndrome.
    It’s worse on payday after a good dinner. My phone will pop out and I’ll find the next New Hotness in pistols or ARs. I can feel it coming like a rumbling thunder. I can’t keep it to myself and have cleared the living room with my outbursts. :(

    I guess not everyone in my family appreciates new firearms as much as I do.;)

    Like you, I have taken a step back. Is the CDX really so WOW? Is two more of a lesser caliber worth my armory reorganization? Is this new really evolutionary, or a new paint color for this season?

    No. For me. Once you have 95% of something accomplished, 1.5% more won’t help me compared with the effort outlay. But I’m glad things change. Ever forward, hopefully better.

    I am not yet cured of G.A.S. however.
    I was talking about my new AR and my daughter just sighed hard and left the room.:)

    I just put together another .22lr pistol upper. At pistol distance, offhand, with non-match ammunition, a custom barrel has to be more accurate than what I’ve been using, right?:D
     
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  22. WestKentucky

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    I started down the road of getting the latest and greatest shotgun. I have had over/under, side by side, pump, semi, single, in various flavors. The one that broke me was a Franchi 20ga semiauto. It was a beautiful gun, had incredible wood on it. Light and fast was the big deal there, and it lived up to that, but it didn’t hit where it was aimed. There came a point of either get rid of it or get rid of everything else because I was subconsciously adjusting to the gun and losing ability with the others. Meanwhile I had bought a bunch of ammo, chokes, a short barrel, a nice case… all for a gun that never lived up to the hype and never surpassed my old worn out Mossberg pump. I learned with that gun that perfection doesn’t exist. There is always better, there is always something to want, but you can be a lot happier when you find GOOD and hang onto it rather than chasing perfect. I do want a new carry gun, and I think any of the 10rd micro-nines would fit the bill. I really like the Ruger, but would probably buy the Sig 365xl and 3 spare mags. Buy a hybrid pancake holster and make a couple more leather holsters, and quit chasing perfect because that setup is good enough.
     
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  23. WisBorn

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    As @Night Rider mentioned this is more about compact & semi compact pistols compared to the new breed of micro compact pistols that have similar capacity.

    I have been considering a Glock 29 10mm for the cartridge capabilities and the pistol size. If a manufacturer came out with a 365/Hellcat size 10mm it would be my next handgun.

    The manufacturers will determine if the G26 and similar size pistols survive through the sales of the pistols. The gun buyers have been buying the micro 9mms. So the jury is still out.
     
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  24. WestKentucky

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    Holy mother of recoil springs and muzzle flip. A whole bunch of people fuss about 40sw being snappy in small guns. 40sw came into existence because 10mm was snappy in duty type full sized guns. So you take the big snappy and cram it into the size of the little snappy, then shrink that to micro instead of compact without giving up any of the cartridges energy and you suddenly have ahold of something bound to inflict pain… assuming that you could overcome the 30 (estimated) pound recoil springs to ever get the thing loaded.

    Yeah I would want to try it too, but I don’t think I would buy it. Unless it was solely to let my buddies try it out… like a 45-70 contender pistol barrel.
     
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  25. WisBorn

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    I'm not disagreeing, the recoil would be harsh. It may be more than I can shoot accurately. I like my 605 357 and shoot it with 180 grain hardcast loads. Will the recoil be harsher than it ???
     
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