Does Perfection Only Exist In...

Does Perfection Only Exist In...

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    ...becoming proficient in what you have and stop wasting time searching for the "perfect" firearm?
    I've pared down to a Gen 4 Glock 23, 2 1/4" Ruger SP101 and S&W 442 (without the internal lock) and feel like stopping the insanity of searching for the perfect gun.
    There's a few wish list items, but then I'd get them and you can only shoot one gun at a time anyway.
    Just wondering.
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    After years of searching I finally settled for a Glock 43 and a Smith Wesson P.C. No lock 442. Oh yeah and a Kel-Tec 380 for my carry needs.....this week anyway.😀
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    My search for the perfect firearm is a subconscious way of justifying any and all future firearm purchases.

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    To each their own but glocks are not and never have been on my list. I'll stick to my H&K's, Sig's, and pretty much any 1911.
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    Air,Land&Sea, I have different guns for different purposes. They are all just "tools" (or that's what I tell my wife). I have a pocket carry pistol, an ankle carry gun, a sidearm for hunting, a 1911 because I wanted to learn that system, and a couple of Glocks and a couple of Sigs. If you grew up with guns, then it probably didn't take much for you to sort out what works best for you and what does not. For someone like me, who started with firearms late in life, it took me awhile to get to where I am today and figure out what I like and what I don't.

    I think you also have to realize that technology changes, and firearms that did not exist before may meet a need (for some) that could not be met previously (here come the revolver guys). Sort of like the changes from mainframes to laptop computers, or film cameras to digital cameras, etc.
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    All guns, but especially handguns, are by their nature, a matrix of "trade-offs." You have to balance size, weight, feel, capacity, caliber, accuracy, aftermarket support, etc., all in the context of your own personal preferences. I think reliability and safety are prerequisites. If I found a gun that was perfect in all other respects, but I had concerns in those two areas, I wouldn't consider it. But beyond that, it's whatever floats your boat.

    Consider that a lot of the people who carry guns in the world, cops and military, don't get to choose. They learn to do well with what they are issued. There is a philosophical saying I like, "If you choose what you chose, you always have your first choice." What that means is that if you "own" the choices you've made and make them work for you, you never have no to ask the question you asked. It not only works for handgun choices, but for ever decision you've made, or will make in life. Choose a path, or a gun, and go "all in" on it.

    That doesn't mean you can't change directions later on if you want to. It just means you never have to be dissatisfied with where you are now. I think you have three great guns. If you learn to use all three really well, you're up in the 90+ percentile of being armed. There is another saying I like, "It's the archer, not the bow."
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    If there was a perfect gun...We would all own only one....How boring would that be?
    That would be as brutal as our wives only having 1 pair of shoes or 1 purse.
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    and here I thought this was going to be a 1911 thread when I clicked on it...
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    I wish it did, I'd have far more money than I do.
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    Maybe not perfect. But I'm perfectly satisfied with my Glock 19.
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    I'm in the same boat as G26Raven - I didn't get into handguns until later in life. In fact, I was about 45. Trying to figure out what "worked for me" as far as concealed carry is concerned was (still is to some degree) quite an adventure. There are just so many opinions and options out there. That's a blessing, but it's also a curse to a newbie with no experience. Where do you even start? It can be overwhelming!

    Like I said, it has been an adventure, but it has been a fun adventure. I've developed some opinions of my own over the last 5 or so years. I especially know now what DOESN'T work for me. But I'll admit, I still have that nagging feeling that "the gun" is still out there somewhere, waiting for me to find it. I'm not sure that feeling will ever go away. Maybe when I can finally afford the Ed Brown Kobra Carry I've wanted for years now! But probably not even then...
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    I practice with the three handguns I use for specific purposes. IWB, pocket/wallet, and OWB camp/fish. I'm satisfied with them and want to be as proficient as I can be w/ my vision limitations.
    That said, there are always new ones I WANT.
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    The firearm is just the tool. I aspire to be able to use anything effectively.
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