This is a discussion on Handguns (Lessons learned) within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Lately I have been in a mode in which I don't feel like my growth in firearm knowledge has not moved quite as fast as ...
Lately I have been in a mode in which I don't feel like my growth in firearm knowledge has not moved quite as fast as it did in the last few years. No, I don't know everything by any means, but there are a few observations I have made over the years and I figured I would share. Please feel free to share a few of your own nuggets.
- 1911's and Revolvers still tend to be the most accurate handguns I own
- For the cost of an HK, I would rather have a Sig Elite
- Ruger does some things very well and goes a little cheap on others
- Firearms are a bit like golf, the more crap you buy does not mean your shooting or game improves (it takes practice)
- About 95% of people at a gun range frankly can't shoot to save their own lives even though that is what they are there to practice for.
- Everyone should own at least one 9mm Glock
- Concealed carry in the small of your back is terrible
- Buy twice the size of safe you think you need
- If you think ammo is expensive now, just wait
- When purchasing a rifle take into account needing the same dollar amount for glass
- Holsters multiply like rabbits
- Own extra magazines for guns you intend to keep (I remember the last high cap ban)
- Everyone thinks what they purchased is the best
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* It doesn't matter what caliber your shoot or how many times you fire if you can't hit what you're aiming at.
* One good hit with a .41 Magnum is all it takes--period.
* It ain't the brand of gun that's important, it's the pile of empties it makes (or won't).
* Shoot what you like; you're the one holding the gun.
* A dead Bad Guy is no longer a menace and won't testify against you.
* Shoot with what you've got--but have something to shoot.
* If you hit them right with the first round, the rest are just spares, just in case.
* Every gun maker makes lemons; just don't get stuck with that one.
Not necessasrily in that order...
Retired USAF E-8. Lighten up and enjoy life because:
Paranoia strikes deep, into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid... Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth
That's gospel. Everything you say holds true for me, especially the one about a bigger safe. Mine is coming apart at the seams.
Lessons learned? Well, for those of us who have Ex's, the difference between them and a handgun: A handgun DOESN'T just "go off!"
Vietnam Vets, WELCOME HOME
Crossman 760 BB/Pellet, Daisy Red Ryder, Crossman Wrist Rocket, 14 Steak Knives, 3 Fillet Knives, Rolling Pin-14", Various Hunting Knives, 2 Baseball Bats, 3 Big Dogs and a big American Flag flying in the yard. I have no firearms; Try the next house.
* There is no perfect gun for EVERY situation. Use the right tool for the job.
*WARNING - I may or may not know what I am talking about.
"Buy twice the size of safe you think you need"
Wish I was told that last year - we got a little one last year when we bought our guns - 3 shelves - just right for mine, his and his plinker he picked up too. Now I'm the one who got into this whole gun thing. He's happy with his 2, one for self defense, one for plinking, goes to the range twice a year and doesn't carry. Late at night I'll say "I want to get an XDs...and a Shield...and I'd like to get something bigger too...and...and...." He looks at me and says "already unhappy with your gun?!" LOL NO! Not unhappy...just want MORE!
1911's, Browning Hi-Power, Bersas and my Glocks still tend to be the most accurate handguns I own
For the cost of an HK, I would rather have two Glocks
Ruger copies Keltecs very well and goes a little cheap on others
Firearms are a bit like sex, the more crap you buy does not mean your shooting or game improves (it takes practice)
About 99.99% of people at a gun range frankly can't shoot to save their own lives even though that is what they are there to practice for.
Everyone should own at least three 9mm Glocks, G17, G19 and G26
Concealed carry in the small of your back is great if you are Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon....otherwise, don't
Buy twice the size of safe you think you need or just buy several small ones and place them all around your house
If you think ammo is expensive now, take up reloading
When purchasing a rifle take into account needing the same dollar amount for glass
buy an expensive custom holster first so you don't end up with a box full of crappy holsters you don't use
Own LOTS OF Extra Hi-Cap magazines for guns you intend to keep
Everyone thinks what they purchased is the best which is why they bought it to begin with.
"Said I never had any use for one.....never said I didn't know how to use it. " Matthew Quiqley
Only discrepancy is the Glock one. I do not own one, and do not plan on it. Maybe if my hand magically changes shape I will look into em again. It may happen!
"Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt" ~ Mark Twain
Good list, and my personal favorite is the last one: "Everyone thinks what they purchased is the best". This is especially true on gun talk forums. Just ask: should I buy a Glock 19 or a Springfield XD? You'll get a choice of everything but the two you asked about!
Don't put a $500 gun in a $20 holster
Don't put a good holster on a cheap belt
Shoot a lot of .22 caliber ammo. It's cheap and it makes you look like a better shot than you really are (with a service pistol)
After you buy your first holster, empty a drawer - 'cause you're gonna need it.
Everyone knows the correct way to rack the slide on a semi-auto is to slingshot it. Except for the folks who know that the correct way is to use the slide catch lever
The only time you can carry too much ammo is while swimming or on fire