You know, I’m not really what you would call a “Glock guy”. I own one, which I shoot on a regular basis for Pins and Steel and such. If anything, I’m more of a Beretta guy. But I digress, the point is that I just waded through Xavier’s “guide to buying your first 1911” and at the end of it all I could think was “sweet jesus, all that to buy a handgun, why not just get a Glock or a Beretta.”
I mean honestly, here’s how hard it is to buy a Glock/Beretta/M&P/XD whatever:
- Go to gun store
- Try all the guns listed above to see which fits your hand
- Pick whatever caliber you want, 9mm, .40, .45, .357 Sig, 10mm
- Go to a range that rents guns and rent a version of the gun you picked
- If you like it, go back to your local merchant of death and hand him/her anywhere from $400-$600 smackers.
Really not that challenging.
Now, I kid 1911 guys, because they are really hard for the guard when it comes to their defensive platform of choice, but at the same time, if you want a 1911 I’m not going to stop you. Because that’s where my firearms preferences end – with me. I choose the guns I like because I like them, or the fit my hand, or I’ve got a lot of experience with the platform, whatever, but my choices are mine and really shouldn’t have any bearing on your choices. I’m not going to say “don’t buy a 1911 because what you really need is more training” just like I’m not going to say “don’t buy a Glock because what you really need is a better trigger”. What I will say is “buy whichever gun fits you that you’ll carry and shoot on a regular basis”.
Because all this silly bullshit over Glocks and 1911s or HKs or whatever is just that – silly bullshit. If I come back from Blackwater and think that the Para LTC (the gun I’ll be shooting) is the coolest thing since sliced bread, it will be because the gun fits me and I was able to run it well, not because 1911s are the sexiest platform ever. Similarly, just because I love my Glock 24 doesn’t mean that you should go dump your STI for a Glock.
But don’t worry, I’m sure that intertrons fanboys will continue to argue over which is the superior pistol platform for centuries to come. If I live to be 352 years old, I’ll probably log into the brain-nets or whatever and see some joker arguing with some tool over which is better, the HK Pulsetron X-12 or the Springfield Space-Armory N-332 Heatbeam.