14 Oct 15

Fighting Pistols:

With regard to my last Quip, the three carry-pistols that functioned normally through the thirty-round event I described were:

S&W 340PD Revolver (5-shot snubby)
G43 (9mm)
S&W Shield in 9mm

The seven “carry” pistols that did not do well were all small 380 autoloaders, mostly off-shore manufacturers. Most had never been fired, even once, until that day!

To be sure, all ten pistols were badly neglected and dirty. The three mentioned above ran well regardless.

My friend comments:

“I’m busy! I don’t have time for ‘sports’ and most other forms or recreation. I don’t shoot recreationally. When I go to competitions and matches, I train, running each stage tactically, using real guns, service ammunition, and genuine concealment gear. I don’t even look at the scoreboard!

My carry guns, pistols and rifles, are all designed and built for serious purposes. Few ‘modifications.’ Most are ‘out-of-the-box.’ I wouldn’t win a typical pistol match with any of them!

What I described was a ‘sporting event.’ Many participants delude themselves into thinking that their ability to hit targets with under-powered ammunition, ungainly guns, carried in ridiculous ‘holsters,’ all while wearing silk pajamas, makes them ‘fighters.’

There is nothing inherently wrong with that lie, so long as they know that they are lying to themselves. When the quaint, collegial, sterile world of match shooting collides with the barbarous world of asocial violence, it is like a formula-one driver having to suddenly compete in demolition derby!

This is no drill!”

Comment: For most of us, “The first thing we need is the last thing we want!” We think we want comfort and admiration (even when mostly false). What we need is challenge and struggle! We don’t need to spend our time looking for an excuse to lose. We need to spend our time finding a way to win!

Tough, resourceful, resilient, determined, innovative, skilled, seasoned, prepared. Those are the ones I want on my team. Delusional, self-absorbed whiners need not apply!

“If we lived in a state where virtue were profitable, common sense would make us saints! But, since we see that abhorrence, anger, pride, and stupidity commonly profit far beyond charity, modesty, justice, and thought, perhaps we must stand fast a little, even at the risk of being heroes”

Sir Thomas More (played by Paul Scofield) in the 1966 feature film, “A Man For All Seasons”