Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by DustyGmt, Sep 17, 2022.
I get it. I shoot and carry glocks for the most part exclusively save for a revolver and LCP from time to time. All I ever shoot or train with at the range is my 19/17/43/44 typically but I can pick up a strangers Sig M18/M17 or Ruger SR9 and shoot it better and more accurately than I could ever shoot my Glocks, but Glocks are what I am most comfortable with and can't see changing that now.
The guns I carry reflect what potential situation I may find myself: ie dealing with an armed individual at work or a dog, bear, angry moose or elk off work. I have an LCR for deep concealment, but rarely carry it solo, unless I am going to the gym.
This is the way.
I CCW a full size.
Oooh, I forgot my usual: I have carried a full size duty pistol with light and so on, on stage, in front of 500+ people, who did not know I was armed and would not have liked it. Have worn a full sized gun to work in an open office, with people who were things like former DIA agents, also carried and after a YEAR it came up they had no idea I was even into guns much less carried every day. In shorts and a t-shirt.
You can really conceal a big gun as long as you have a good holster, good belt, and the slightest modicum of care and attention.
(Here's where I get the hate mail.) Carrying the same type of handgun is probably better with the one who is NOT a hobbyist and hasn't had a lot of experience and practice with different arms. For a long time enthusiast with a lot of exposure to different handguns, this may not be as big a deal. Then again, the experienced and practiced sort may have decided 'this' type of handgun is best for both.
I'm retired, no longer carry an open belt gun. I do carry (concealed) for personal defense. And, as mentioned by the original poster, I do have a 'nightstand' handgun.
For most of my adult life, I've shot both semi-automatics and revolvers so I have not been too concerned about switching firearm types. I am considerably older now and notice some hesitancy about action types at times.
In the end, access yourself and make up your own mind. Being an adult includes taking credit for good judgement and accepting responsibility for bad judgement.
You might be able to handle a variety of weapons just fine, but I guarantee that under the stress of the shot timer or a real life incident your muscle memory will kick in and you don't want to be reaching for things that aren't there.
Have you tried the Glock 48? I switched from a Shield to a Glock 48 and find it just about perfect for carry.
I had considered that as well as the hellcat, but between the prices of everything and the fact that I am in the shield so cheap, plus I have 4 mags and 2 holsters that work really well with it, I decided to hit the pause button on anything new.
Push or pull to open the cylinder? Back and forth or push down? Cylinder release on the frame behind the cylinder, in front on the frame or pull the ejection rod? Cylinder turns deosil or widdershins?
After that semi-autos seem simple.
Carried a Sig P220 for quite a while then 229's
Got a 365 a few years ago, swapped out the grip for an XL one and have carried that since.
Not much of a learning curve IMO, just a different trigger that kinda put me off at first, felt odd after having DA/SA guns with nice triggers and a short reset.
I shoot enough DA that a striker trigger wasn't that big a deal though, just roll through it.
Carry guns are Glocks unless I’m lazy and carry an LCPMax in a pocket.
I don’t carry SA, SA/DA, or revolvers
I did buy a 10MM XDm I may carry on wandering trips out into the boonies, but I consider it same-same as a Glock or other striker fire pistol.
Since I only have Smith and Wesson revolvers, all those considerations are non-existent. The only thing i have to sort out is which one takes the little rounds and which one the big rounds. Since I don't have to do that when alarmed, it is not a major problem.
After that semi-autos seem simple.[/QUOTE]In fact, I think they are. A bit more treacherous at times, but manageable.
similar guns. For example, some guns in the house include a 1911, a Taurus PT-99, and a Sig P238. They’re hardly identical, they come from different manufacturers, but they are similar in that they have a manual safety, a trigger in the usual position, etc.
I can see forgetting how to field strip a pistol, or maybe forgetting to take off the safety (if one doesn’t train for it) but in terms of basic operation a pistol is pretty simple.
Has your brain had to recognize which gun you are carrying during the heat of a gunfight? You would be amazed at how our bodies and brains react to such stress. Stress which cannot be duplicated by any amount of training at the range.
OP, I carry a Glock 19 on and off duty. It is my bedside gun as well and will be utilized if I can't get to my AR for HD.
But if you are approaching as "Stress which cannot be duplicated by any amount of training at the range" then I am not even sure where to start a discussion from so you continue to think as you will I guess.
Gear choice involves not just aspects and features of the gear, but the knowledge, familiarity, training and experience with the gear, itself ... AND ... using the gear for the specific purpose, and under similar conditions to those anticipated for which the gear is being chosen. Lots of folks seem amenable to taking some shortcuts in considering and addressing the various aspects involved.
Work to learn to run what you like, and/or what you're required to use (for work).
Yep, when folks mostly devote their range time to full-size guns, adding smaller guns may introduce some variables that might not help them run the smaller guns as well as they may expect or wish. That can be considered and addressed as a training issue, if someone has access to training ... and is willing to apply themselves to sufficient practice time to ingrain the lessons learned in training.
If I'd not been able to become a firearm instructor over the years, or an armorer for some different brands/designs of firearms, no doubt my choices would've taken a different direction.
Ditto having carried issued weapons including full-size Magnum revolvers, as well as full-size and compact pistols (9's, .40's & .45's.
Time has caused me to prefer smaller and lighter choices than the full-size .357/.44MAG's, 1911's and other pistols of my youth. Choosing smaller and lighter carry/retirement weapons came with the requirement of using and working them at least as often, and often more, than the full-size guns. However, I've found that working to master the smaller guns can offer the benefit of making the full-size guns easier to run when I do use them. Ditto running the harder recoiling calibers making the lesser recoiling calibers easier to use. So ...
Flip a coin and choose which suits you, for the reasons that matter to you ... and then work to keep your skillset from becoming rusty and dusty from disuse.
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