0123 – Carry What You Train With, or…

Each of us has our favorites in life.  Favorite food, favorite car, favorite movie.  The list goes on.  What makes something our favorite is probably different from person to person but if we were to try and generalize about favorites we might assume that favorites are things that we have a positive history with, things that make us feel comfortable, things we can count on.

Favorites aren’t limited to the comforts of life.  Let’s face it, we ALL have a favorite handgun!  The question that I pose to you is, if you have a favorite why isn’t your sweetheart stuffed in your waist band right now?

I spend a good bit of time on the internet.  While I am there, I am working for the most part.  Promoting my company, researching trends in violence, searching for good topics for podcasts.  Well last night while spending some time with friends on the GRRN forum a thread drifted (they all do don’t they) to the idea that people should carry the gun that they train with.  Hmm. Novel idea.  When I started thinking about it we probably train with our favorite gun the most.

Now there are some good reasons why you might not want to carry your favorite gun.

  • If your favorite is an ivory stock Colt SAA
  • If your favorite is an old design that is unsafe
  • If your favorite is a caliber that is inappropriate for self-defense

you might want to rethink carrying your favorite.  But if your favorite would be a great choice for a training course, now we’re talking.

What I find interesting is that the people who show up at a course with a full size pistol often put that full size or even the compacts in the safe and then slip that sub compact in their pocket as their daily carry piece.  To me this just doesn’t make sense.

I don’t have a problem with little guns.  What I do have an issue with is carrying a gun that you don’t train with.  as I see it we really have two choices and I’m ok with either.

  1. Carry that favorite gun that you train with.
    • change your wardrobe a bit
    • get a new holster
    • do what you need to do to get that favorite pistol on your body concealed
  2. Train with the gun that you do carry.
    • take your micro gun to the range and shoot it
    • compete with your micro gun that you carry
    • the next time you take a defensive handgun course shoot the small gun you carry

When we decide to carry a concealed weapon we are making a commitment to our safety.  Don’t let your pistol be a security blanket.  Train with your carry gun or carry the gun you train with.  If you follow this rule, you will have a viable defensive weapon.  You will have a trusty favorite!

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