Proficiency with EDC

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    Proficiency with EDC

    I've been trading .45s a lot lately and have been shooting those more than my EDC for a while. Before I take off to FL, I wanted to go put some rounds through my XD40sc, just to have it fresh in my mind.

    My father-in-law and I went down in the woods at his house yesterday and set up a piece of cardboard with five 3-inch circles drawn on it. From 25 feet my first magazine of nine 185gr .40s I put 7 rounds inside of a 2" group and the other 2 rounds were inside 3". All 9 rounds in the 3 inch ring, and this was double taps and rapid fire. The rest of the 50 rounds I put through it were about the same with only a couple of "flyers" out of the total 50 round count. This is after not shooting this particular gun for a couple months due to all of my swapping and shooting others a lot.

    This is one reason why I always seem to go back to the XD40sc as my EDC regardless of the 15 other handguns that I own...no matter how long it has been, it seems I can pick it up cold and put shots dead on target quickly. Same holds true for my little S&W 442. These are my most carried handguns. The thought has crossed my mind that I could sell all of the others since these two really fill all of my carry needs...but I just can't bring myself to do it. I like variety, and it seems that out of the handful of handguns I've sold or traded, there's several I wish I had back.
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    Its like riding a bike..I own about 20 myself, I want to carry one at a time...So thats what I do. Like you, its the one that fits the bill. I have a full size weapon with the same manual of arms, so Im pretty well covered for training. To me consistency is key.
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    Needs versus wants. Variety is the spice of life, as the old saying goes.

    Once the "needs" are fulfilled the "wants" can be indulged. I tend to think of it as ongoing firearm research, though. I am constantly looking for something that is better than what I currently use. Of course, confirming that what I use is still the best (for me) is part of the process. The fact that the testing and evaluating is just plain fun is simply a side benefit.

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    I love my SA XD40 SC as well, although I don't have a lot of other choices!
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    "Research"...that's what I'll start referring to it as. I appreciate the way you put it. I currently have a new Glock 36 that I'm researching. After 100 rounds through it I still don't have quite the proficiency with it to be comfortable carrying it (shooting a couple inches left from 25 feet, which would suffice in SD situations though). I just haven't had time to do enough "research" with it yet. I like it quite a bit, so I'm going to put enough time into it. I guess I got spoiled with my XD40sc because from the first time I shot it I was dead on with it. The G36 is taking me a little while to get used to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiram25 View Post
    I love my SA XD40 SC as well, although I don't have a lot of other choices!
    Well, you don't need a lot of other choices. You've got the XD and a j-frame snub, you're covered. I have 16 and those two are my most carried by a long margin...and usually carry those two simultaneously. I did this weekend and even slept one night in a recliner with the XD IWB right side and my 442 at the 7 o'clock position in an OWB holster with left hand access. You know you're carry set-up is comfortable when you can sleep in it and not even notice it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    Well, you don't need a lot of other choices. You've got the XD and a j-frame snub, you're covered. I have 16 and those two are my most carried by a long margin...and usually carry those two simultaneously. I did this weekend and even slept one night in a recliner with the XD IWB right side and my 442 at the 7 o'clock position in an OWB holster with left hand access. You know you're carry set-up is comfortable when you can sleep in it and not even notice it.
    I guess that is a comfortable carry rig! What kind of IWB holster do you use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    You know you're carry set-up is comfortable when you can sleep in it and not even notice it.
    Truth!

    I did this on accident the other night as I was so exhausted I pretty much passed out in my jeans on my couch with my Glock 19 in a Crossbreed SuperTuck at the 4 O'Clock position. I didn't realize till I woke up that I had basically slept on the gun all night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RugerMike View Post
    I guess that is a comfortable carry rig! What kind of IWB holster do you use?
    Ironically it's the least expensive one I've got. It is a soft-sided nylon with reversible metal clip, I think it was made by Quest. My 442 was in a leather OWB holster at 7 o'clock position and I basically slept on top of it all night (grip points out towards left). I also had two mags in my left pocket and two speed strips in my right. Slept in the chair all night.
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