Should you buy a second handgun? Should your second handgun be the same as the first?
When it comes to the weapon of your choice for your self-defense consistency is key. Consistency leads to predictable results. Apply the fundamentals of marksmanship – obtain the sight picture you need, press the trigger smoothly, and follow through, preparing to shoot again if necessary – and the results are accurate hits on target.
Consistency is also crucial when it comes to your personal handgun. Having a handgun that works every time, fits your hand, and has a good trigger and a set of sights you can see is mandatory. Once you determine what works put together another one just like it.
Having two of the same handgun may seem like overkill but it’s really a matter of being prepared. Your weapon breaks, requiring you to send it back to the factory for repairs, which sometimes takes longer than we would like. Doing without your favorite handgun may be just an inconvenience for training and practice.
However, if you are forced to use your weapon in a stressful situation, not having your familiar weapon could diminish your capabilities. In a fight we need every advantage possible. As long as you’re familiar with how to operate a handgun, you can likely fight with any weapon, but using the one you’re most familiar and intimate with means better performance. More importantly fighting with your weapon creates confidence, which is essential to success in high stress life threatening scenarios.
I would much rather own a pair of twin handguns than three completely different handguns. Redundancy means one consistent set of finely honed skills and commonality between gear. The sights and triggers are the very same, mags and holsters are interchangeable, they use one caliber of ammo and I can swap out parts. Simple familiarity is good.
Once you determine what weapon and modifications work for you, then get another one of ‘em. Buy lots of ammo and magazines, and train and practice until you can operate the weapons at a subconscious level.
When your life will depend on your skills, you will do best by sticking to one type weapon. Victory is based on results, and you get the best results by doing the same thing, over and over, very well.
***Ed Randazzo, is a nationally syndicated author. He has been a conservative activist and consultant for over 30 years and is currently the Chief News Editor of Life and Liberty Media***