Do you see value in standardizing your firearms?

Do you see value in standardizing your firearms?

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    Do you see value in standardizing your firearms?

    Do you guys see value in standardizing on a single brand or style for your handguns?

    I can see a benefit from a training perspective, similar controls, grip angle, sighting system.

    and also from a financial perspective for some brands. Glock 17 mags work in the G19 and G26 so less mags to buy. (this may not apply to a brand like Sig, but the training aspect does)

    So what do you think?


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    Yes. All my defensive pistols are DAO, no thumb safeties, mag release in the same place. Point and shoot.
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    I do. But just because that's the way I am. I do like keeping the basic ergos and design all the same across the board. Hysteria makes it easier.

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    Absolutely! As someone late to handguns at 50+, having a standard manual of arms simplified training, reduced the training curve, and allowed the leveraging of skills late acquired. I also standardized caliber for a number of years (9 mm).


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    No. You should be familiar with multiple platforms.

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    I see (financial) value is keeping to the same caliber
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    Do you guys see value in standardizing on a single brand or style for your handguns?
    Nah, not really.

    Standardization is for insects...or so I've heard it said.
    I've got lots of examples of various platforms. Sigs,Glocks,Colts,HK's I have about 2 dozens handguns to choose from. I'm pretty much equally efficient with all of them.
    I have my favorites and I have a couple that I would grab before others if I thought I had to kill someone, but I like to stay proficient with everything that I encounter.
    As for magazines, I dont worry about them. I have at least 3 for each semi that I own, and for some I have a lot more than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azchevy View Post
    No. You should be familiar with multiple platforms.
    Yes, you should know how to use different platforms - you never know what you might need to pick up.

    But no - I would not flip flop between different platforms on a routine basis.

    JMHO.
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    Standardize my defensive weapons? Not a prayer. "Standardize" has some evil connotations for me due to grievously ill-advised initiatives in my workplace.

    Can you jump from a car with an automatic transmission to one with a stick shift? I can, and I do it a few times a week. To me, that's like moving from a 1911 to a Glock, and I don't even think about it for more than a millisecond. Maybe I'm "spoiled" because I started driving on a stick shift and started shooting pistols with a 1911, but moving to an auto trans or a revolver or a DAO handgun just doesn't cause me any heartburn. I see a need for a snubby revolver and a full-size service auto (like a Sig or a 1911) in the daily rotation, not to mention the sub-compact Kel-Tec .32 or the Ruger Mk II that's my joy to shoot recreationally.

    Sorry if this offends, but "standardizing" one's defensive weaponry implies a dumbing down of one's capabilities. You might be a nanosecond faster in response than I am. but if all you have available is something you're not familiar with, God help you.
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    I went from all SA/DA to DAO

    I still can shoot a SA/DA, but find I do better when I stick to one type

    I went to the range with a Kahr only, I did well

    I went to the range with a SIG 226 and a Kahr, I shot the SIG very well, the Kahr, not so much
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    Let's see... my carry guns:

    1. XDM 9mm Compact
    2. PM9
    3. S&W 642

    Guess I don't see any value in standardization at all lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Standardize my defensive weapons? Not a prayer. "Standardize" has some evil connotations for me due to grievously ill-advised initiatives in my workplace.

    Can you jump from a car with an automatic transmission to one with a stick shift? I can, and I do it a few times a week. To me, that's like moving from a 1911 to a Glock, and I don't even think about it for more than a millisecond. Maybe I'm "spoiled" because I started driving on a stick shift and started shooting pistols with a 1911, but moving to an auto trans or a revolver or a DAO handgun just doesn't cause me any heartburn. I see a need for a snubby revolver and a full-size service auto (like a Sig or a 1911) in the daily rotation, not to mention the sub-compact Kel-Tec .32 or the Ruger Mk II that's my joy to shoot recreationally.

    Sorry if this offends, but "standardizing" one's defensive weaponry implies a dumbing down of one's capabilities. You might be a nanosecond faster in response than I am. but if all you have available is something you're not familiar with, God help you.
    Put me in the same camp, I have a variety of weapons and enjoy shooting and carrying any of them.
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    I know what I like in guns, and once I find it, I stick with it till something better comes along.

    If I want variety, I'll eat Indian food or buy a different scotch.

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    I sold my Kimbers and bought more Glocks. I still like my Rugers, but I do see a common thread of simplicity, dependability and operation of my Glocks.
    So in answer to your question, I do see a value in standardization of my firearms, but that's just me.
    Do I think everyone should feel the same way, probably not...but at my age and experience, it works for me.
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