There are Many Like it, But This One is Mine…

I bet the owner of this collection has a favorite.

You have always thought that maybe you’re a pretty good shot. You get decent groups and can hit bullseye consistently with your Glock 19. You take clinics and classes to improve; you read all you can about your Glock. You know how to disassemble it and reassemble it, almost in your sleep, you keep it clean and oiled, and you’ve even taught a friend how to shoot your Glock. You would never label yourself a beginner. Then your buddy buys a Beretta PX4 Storm and you are eager to try it out. You might just want to purchase one. You go to the range and you blew it. Your shots are all over the place, you can’t hit a bullseye to save your life, and you can’t get a comfortable grip on the dang-blasted thing. You go over and over in your head what went wrong. So you try “just one more magazine” to see if you can get it right, but the Beretta just never comes through like your Glock. It has been a frustrating day at the range and you’re glad you have your trusty Glock to fall back onto. It’s not the Beretta’s fault, nor does Glock really have anything to do with it. The Glock and the Beretta, and any other gun for that matter are just a machine. It functions the exact same way for anyone that would pick it up. It’s not them… it’s you.

Surprisingly, not everyone loves the Glock. Some prefer the M&P or the XD.
Surprisingly, not everyone loves the Glock. Some prefer the M&P or the XD.

No, I am not calling you a horrible shooter. We already established that you are a very good shooter, but that’s because you found your gun. There is an odd thing that occurs in the shooting world, there actually is not one gun to rule them all. As CTD Joe said, “To each their own.” Take for example the three big polymer pistols on the market, Glock, Springfield XD, and the S&W M&P. I have yet to meet someone who loves all equally. In fact, those who have tried all three have a favorite of the bunch. You may love your XD, but your partner may prefer the M&P. Finding the right gun for you is a lot like finding your spouse—when you know, you just know. You may have to shoot a few frogs to find the one, but the one is out there for you.

Even though all firearms work on basically the same principle, they do come in different sizes, calibers, weights, finishes, and grip sizes. There is not one gun to fit them all.

To prove this point, let’s take .22 LR tactical-style black rifles. They all pretty much operate the same way, but they are not all built exactly the same. The placement of controls, the trigger pull, the grip, and the different stocks on them vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. The first time I shot the .22 LR tactical-style rifles, I had the opportunity to shoot a SIG, GSG, S&W, DPMS, and Umarex. I handled all of them well, but it was the S&W that spoke to me. On the other hand, the SIG spoke to my friend. Was the SIG a bad gun? Of course not! Just not the right gun for me.

In this line of work, I get the opportunity to shoot a lot of different guns. Some I hate, some I love. It’s all about finding your gun. CTD Mike gets consistent bullseye with his Beretta 92. He is one with that gun. It shoots very well, has minimal manageable recoil and I shot acceptable with it. Would I invest the money in one? Probably not. However, CTD Mike probably wouldn’t invest his money in my favorite gun, the Kimber Ultra CDP II. The way I described shooting that Kimber for the first time was, “wow! It practically shoots itself!” You know why? Because it is my gun.

I bet the owner of this collection has a favorite.
I bet the owner of this collection has a favorite.

You’ll know it when you find it. It’s the gun that you consistently shoot well with, the gun that feels exactly perfect in your hands, the gun you trust to never let you down. How do you find it? Well, you have to shoot anything and everything you can get your hands on. Your gun will be the one that feels natural to shoot and grip, like the two of you have been shooting together for years. So next time you try a new gun and things don’t go well, shrug it off, and keep searching. There are plenty of fish in the sea. The right one is out there, I promise. Now go find it!  

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Comments (3)

  1. I do think each individual will be a better shooter with one gun vs another. I for one do not like Springfield XD pistols, but that is a preference and nothing more. I believe a good shooter can shoot any gun well if they focus on sight picture and press the trigger. Yes, the grip angle may be different, but if that is bothering you, you are not focusing on the sights and trigger like you should be. You may not like the weight or length of the trigger pull, but again you are not focusing on the sights and trigger press. What most shooters find is that one particular gun instinctively works better for them. I find those that claim they cannot shoot any gun other than their preferred model–i.e. like some of the pistol shooters on TV shows like “Top Shot”–are just making excuses for not focusing on the fundamentals of shooting. A true “good shooter” should be able to pick up any gun and shoot it well–maybe not as fast–with reasonably good accuracy.

  2. So, basically, what you’re saying is “Don’t be a hater?” I don’t know how many handguns I held and shot before I selected my FNP or how many folks advised me against getting it but it just spoke to me and we’ve had some good conversations. I decided to get a .22 LR (shoot more, costs less) and selected a Remington 597 and, after a few mods, I’m “one with the gun”. Then I got the AR itch and scratched it with a DPMS Sportical (talk about haters!). None of these are “mainstream” but these 3 are my favorites, maybe because I’ve personalized them with mods and feel comfortable with them. Afterall, what determines the right gun for you … brand, cost, comfort or a combination? Regardless, get what you can snd shoot what you get … and don’t be a hater. 🙂

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