Love That Kills

“I love me my __________.”

I see that sometimes on a forum thread entry. Or:

“I love ___________.”

This sometimes refers to a specific gun but more often I see it applied to a class of guns. Most often, I read it applied to revolvers, with 1911-pattern pistols coming in a usually distant second. (On the forums I read most from. The ratings may be different in other places.)

Let’s focus on revolvers and 1911s as examples. Both pretty kewl (geekish term) kind of guns to me. With modern materials and manufacturing they’re very reliable and functional weapons.

Are they functional enough?

Could be just the one guy coming at you. As of the last Uniform Criminal Report I read (there may be a more current one out now, but I don’t expect it to show much difference), you’re about as likely to get two or more coming at you. Five shots enough? Six shots enough? Eight? Are you carrying reloads? Or are you using one of the Six Bad Excuses listed here:

Massad Ayoob: 6 Bad Excuses To Not Carry Spare Ammo

If it’s a wheelgun especially, do you think you can get more rounds in the gun in time if they’re still coming after you’ve emptied it?

Sure, the odds are you won’t have to. Odds are you won’t get targeted. Why not just leave the gun you love at home then? Save it some holster wear or exposure to sweat and humidity.

Speaking of leaving it–can you handle the idea that police will a) take your gun as evidence following a shooting incident and b) place your gun in an evidence locker where their only concern will be making sure they know when it comes out and who takes it out of there for who-knows-how-long? Yes, you’ll get it back assuming you made a legal shooting. It’ll go into evidence for a while, though. Can you see the gun you love in that locker without feeling anxious?

Okay, you shoot ________ better that anything. Better enough? If you can still hit what you want to and what you need to with something that makes a better fighting gun, does the difference between overlapping holes and holes a quarter to a half inch apart during aimed fire on a range matter when you might well be pulling that trigger as fast as you can and not conscious of any sight picture on the street? As long as you can make the ‘hostage shot’ with the better fighting gun, as long as you can fire accurate bursts with that gun, does it really matter that you can shoot better (however you define it) with something less suitable to the fight?

Capability trumps love. Capability matters more than love. More capability might help you stay alive one day. Love might help you die.

Choose wisely.

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