28 Aug 19
Addressing the issue of serious guns, carried and used:
From a friend and Instructor/Operator:
“With regard to your last Quip, this is the System I use in an effort to minimize the issue:
I have three carry pistols, all the same (S&W 9mm M&Ps), and all three set-up identically.
Number One is my regular, carry gun. There has been 2.5k rounds through it, with no issues. It runs reliably with my chosen carry load. I have no compunction about relying on it for personal protection.
Number Two is my training gun. This gun gets the lion’s share of firing. When I go to the range, I shoot most rounds through this gun. Number One I shoot a little, just to make sure all is well.
Number Three is new. I shot it just enough to verify its reliability, sight-settings, and that it runs with my carry ammunition. It is in my safe and does not get used, nor carried.
When I am involved in a lethal-force incident that involves shooting on my part, it will be with Number One.
Number One will, of course, be seized as evidence.
I may get it back in a year or two.
I may never see it again!
Number Three then becomes my default carry gun, until I get Number One back, if I ever do.
The foregoing method provides the necessary redundancy so that I can go on as usual, without a break in continuity.”
“Redundancy is ambiguous, because it seems like a waste, when nothing unusual happens.
Except that something unusual happens,