Commonality of handguns is often a topic of discussion among gun owners. Should everyone in the family use the same type of handgun? Alternately, is individuality best? handgun, although frame size may differ. A few have a broader policy. The question is well founded and therefore deserves a well-thought-out answer. When I first became interested in handguns, revolvers ruled the world. Although there were fewer self-loaders, they seemed more complicated than revolvers. The single-action 1911 and double-action, first-shot Model 39 Smith & Wesson required more training to master. Today, there are even more types of self-loaders than before. Examples include:With few exceptions, institutions issue a single type of
- double action, first shot
- double action only
- selective double action
- safe action
- fast action
- single action self-loader
- Should an agency issue a single handgun, or should there be reasonable substitutes for officer purchase?
- Often young people on budgets are concerned with overall protection. Even though one may be more “gunny” than the other, should they each deploy the same handgun?
- Experienced shooters question the choice of backup. Should the backup be a smaller version of the primary?
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Bob Campbell is a former peace officer and published author with over 40 years combined shooting and police and security experience. Bob holds a degree in Criminal Justice. Bob is the author of the books, The Handgun in Personal Defense, Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry, The 1911 Automatic Pistol, The Gun Digest Book of Personal Protection and Home Defense, The Shooters Guide to the 1911, The Hunter and the Hunted, and The Complete Illustrated Manual of Handgun Skills. His latest book is Dealing with the Great Ammo Shortage. He is also a regular contributor to Gun Tests, American Gunsmith, Small Arms Review, Gun Digest, Concealed Carry Magazine, Knife World, Women and Guns, Handloader and other publications. Bob is well-known for his firearm testing.
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