Defensive Carry - Internet vs Reality? Trusting Your Carry Gun
Just throwing this out there as it's been on my mind for a while now and I want to see how well it goes over 'in the wild' so to speak. :wave:
Discussion Point: Trusting Your Carry Gun
I'll just come out and say it... I don't need a gun to go bang 1000 times in a row before it can be trusted for carry, I don't even need one to go bang 100 times in a row to be trusted for carry, yet that's what seems to be programmed into the minds of people on gun forums. If you have one failure of any kind in 500 rounds OR AT ALL, then you cannot trust your gun and you must keep it in the safe or sell it immediately and get one that is trustworthy. If you feel you need to fire your gun 200, 400, 1000 times without failure before it can be trusted I encourage you to rethink your ways because there's no telling if round 201, 401 or 1001 will be the failure.
Instead, I believe a carry gun needs only to reliably shoot 1-2 magazines worth of ammo reliably, every time. If you're at the range and get through 89/100 rounds of Winchester white box before your gun fails to feed that does not mean it's not fit for carry. Most range ammo is dirty and quite different than the ammo you probably use for carry, probably a different weight too, and is most likely a full metal jacket and not a jacketed hollow point, you get the picture. I'd much rather know my gun can always get through 1-2 magazines of carry ammo reliably than 1000 rounds of range ammo anyway.
I shoot range ammo for practice, not validation.
I'm sure there are a fair amount of people who got rid of a gun they really enjoyed carrying because they had a failure 200 rounds in on an extended range day... that's unfortunate.
I'll take a new carry gun to the range and fire a box of 100 through it, along with at least 2 magazines of carry ammo. If there are no failures, I carry it at that point. If there's an early failure I do have my concerns - however if the failure happens late in the session as mentioned above I don't stress about it, I go home and clean it and try it again. If I continue to have problems it goes in for warranty work (if new) and the process starts over.