1 Gun for Concealed Carry and 1 Gun For Training?

Is there a time when it makes sense to train with a gun that is different than your carry gun?

Ever since I began teaching defensive handgun classes I have been surprised, even miffed at the number of people that show up to class with a gun that is different than the one that they carry.  I never really could understand why someone would make the choice to train with something other than the tool that they planned on carrying.

One day I decided to take a few minutes and consider some of the reasons why my students made the choice to train with something other than their carry piece.  Of course I found some silliness and excuses, but I also found some potentially valid reasons that I had given little consideration.

different guns for ccw and practice

Today let’s dedicate some time to examining some of the valid reason’s why someone might be right to train with one gun and carry another.

Before we get started, however, I want to quickly clarify that Under no circumstances do I think it is a good idea to carry a gun that you can’t shoot proficiently.  If you aren’t able to make multiple rapid hits in the high center chest of a target at 7 yards with your carry gun, you should gain additional proficiency before you carry the gun.  If you aren’t able to make precision shots on a 2″ target at 4 or 5 yards, you need to gain additional proficiency before you carry that gun.  Remember, a gun doesn’t make you safer.  Only those that get the training they need to use their gun efficiently, carry their gun on a consistent basis, and have the willingness to use their gun when they need to will be afforded any additional safety by the gun they buy.

There is no shortcut.