1 Aug 17


I am regularly asked about after-market “accessories” for production pistols, rifles, and shotguns, weapons that we recommend for serious use.

The vast majority of after-market add-ons do not enjoy my recommendation, and I advise students that reputable guns come from the factory in eminently useable condition, and adding things to them seldom enhances their utility, nor reliability.

Replacement “trigger/spring kits” abound, and sometimes do represent an improvement, but most consumers are not sufficiently sophisticated so as to be able to discern a wonderful trigger from an average one, nor is their trigger technique developed enough to take advantage of refinements offered.

Accordingly, I advise most students to extensively use their plain-vanilla production guns, just as they come from the factory. When one thus becomes “salty” enough to be able to take real advantage of legitimate refinements, then he might consider them and the minuscule (mostly insignificant) “advantages” they may offer, assuming he has nothing better to spend his money on!

As in the game of golf, many are lured into believing they can “buy” and improved score by spending large sums on “advanced” golf clubs. Of course, there is nothing wrong with wanting, and using, good stuff, but the real work, arduous self-discipline, professional training, and endless repetitions necessary to genuinely improve one’s game cannot be avoided, nor “replaced,” by merely throwing money at expensive equipment and accouterments!

Likewise with serious gun skills!

My advice for most students is to spend less on dubious after-market “accessories” and more on ammunition, professional instruction, and disciplined range time!

When tempted to spend money on glamorous after-market gun accessories, always ask yourself:

1) What is it for?

2) What problem does it “solve?”

3) Will it break, fall apart, fall off, or otherwise make my gun less reliable than it is now?

4) Is my motivation legitimate, or am I just being duped by slick marketing?

“The sole purpose of marketing is to sell more to more people, more often, and at higher prices. There is no other reason for doing it.”