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Posted by: TEEBONE ģ

03/16/2020, 18:50:59

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CCW Weekend: Equipping Vs. Collecting Guns

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By Sam Hoober,†Alien Gear Holsters

Guns are tools, but are you adding tools to a toolbox? Or are you just collecting guns and telling yourself that?

You can do both, to be sure, but a lot of people tell themselves theyíre doing the former when itís really the latter.

The typical American gun owner is vastly different than the typical American gun owner of many years ago. 40 years ago or so, the typical gun owner maybe had a rifle or two, a shotgun or two, and sometimes a handgun or two. They only owned a few guns, and there was a good probability they hunted.

Todayís gun owner is a whole other breed. The typical gun owner today has multiples of every platform, usually with a preference for modern sporting semi-automatic rifles and semi-automatic pistols, often of the polymer-frame, striker-fired variety. They add to their collection several times per year, and most likely doesnít hunt.

The typical gun owner is also more preoccupied with protection and other considerations as their impetus for owning a gun; putting some venison or ducks in the freezer is just not a concern to them.

Often enough, people buy a new gun because of a capability they think it gives them for a particular purpose. Again, a gun is a tool and the design of the tool makes it suited for a task. The presumption of course is that you arenít equipped for a particular task unless you have the tool for it.

Take concealed carry for example.

Obviously, a smaller gun is better than a big gun for this purpose Ė less weight, discomfort, easier to conceal Ė so therefore it makes sense that youíd get a smaller gun for these purposes. However, this comes with some costs, namely accuracy (shorter sight radius, harder to shoot small, tight groups, more felt recoil) to some degree and also capacity, as smaller guns hold fewer rounds.

The gun industry has been doing its level best to claw some of that back, with new magazine designs for subcompact guns (Sig P365, Springfield Hellcat) and optics. Red dot sights are the future, and are fantastic tools.

What this leads many people to presume is that they absolutely must have a new pistol or else they just canít conceal effectively, which is patently false in almost all circumstances. Yes, there are people who have a really hard time dressing around a Glock 19 in a holster, but it really isnít that hard. A roomy-fitting shirt, a decent belt and youíre good to go.

Granted, there is definitely something to be said for making things easier on yourself. Heck, I donít carry my Government 1911 too much anymore, having downsized to a much more reasonable double-stack compact and Iím happier for it. Some people will buy a gun because they read some gun review on the internet or a video on YouTube, only to find it isnít a good fit for them and so on. Thatís why youíre supposed to rent it at a range before you buy but itís not like I or anyone else can force people to shop smart.

Itís the same thing with rifles or shotguns for home defense. You must have a new AR pistol in .300 Blackout, if you donít have a stand-off device on a new shotgun it isnít even worth having and so on and so forth.

But here, as they say, is the rub:

Never mind the gun shopping. The important part is†what gun you train with. The person who changes carry guns and barely trains with the new gun, defaulting to a favored pistol in most cases is doing themselves a major disservice.

If you switch to a different carry gun or home defense gun and donít put in the reps with it good chance you arenít going to be as prepared as you need to be when it comes time to use it.

Itís one thing to do your plinking and fun shooting and so on after youíve put in the practice time with the gun youíre actually planning to have on hand if an emergency ever arises, but itís another to treat all of your range time as a buffet.

Granted, some people donít need to be told this and upon getting a new carry gun, relegate the previous model to safe duty. However, not everyone does, and thatís not good.

So if you were thinking of getting a new carry gun, are you getting it for a purpose? Is it because thereís some capability that it will give you? Make your life easier or better?

If youíre going to have it for use as a tool of self-defense make sure you train with it. Or youíre just collecting guns.

Hell, I'd collect guns if I had liquid assets to burn, but I don't. I'm the oddball of the first variety, but I don't hunt (anymore, and not that often way-back-when).

But I do have the aforementioned tools, and I have trained extensively with each of them on the job, with the exceptions of the LCP and Kel-Tec .223 carbine. But having the aforementioned extensive training, I can ride a different bicycle without falling over or running into a tree.

While I've not been on the job since 2011 and shooting†is†a perishable skill, I am confident that I've accrued enough muscle memory and correct habits to git 'er done if I have to.

But the central point remains - if you haven't ever trained with what you carry, you definitely†should.




Democrats wouldn't buy a clue if it was government subsidized.

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