Increased specialization is bad for enhancing proficiency

Bear with me on this one, but it’s a pretty short trip. Everyone knows I’ve taken up the lightsaber revolver as my shooting vehicle for the time being. The problem that I’m running in to though is the same one I had when I first started shooting competitively, namely that I’m bouncing around from gun to gun. With semi-auto pistols, I finally settled on a single stack 9mm, because I shoot it very well. So now I just shoot whatever division that fits in, and do pretty well for myself.

With revolvers I feel like I’m going about it all bass-ackwards. Instead of just finding a gun I shoot well that fits me, I’m trying to find guns to fit certain competitions, which is dumb. Take my new PC 646 for example. I bought it because, well it was cool and I got a good price, but now I’m looking at it and can’t actually figure out what to do with it. It’s not ideal for IDPA, as my 625 is a better fit, it has a 4 inch barrel so Bianchi is out, and for Steel Challenge and ICORE I’m better off with a 7 or 8 shot .38.

So readers, I need your advice. I’m almost tempted to just sack these two guns and buy three 686s, and then just shoot those for everything, moonclips and major power factor be damned. Or should I stay the course and just shoot the guns I have?

Someone pointed out to me in an email the following:

You have two guns that feed off moonclips, which means they do everything the same. Just shoot those guns and stop spazzing out.

Good advice, it would seem.


  1. How important are the extra rounds? With Steel Challenge, You still get 6rds for five targets. ICORE “was” 6 rounder friendly, but I think that has changed. Can’t the 625 do Bianchi ?
    A 4″ 627 MSRP’s at $1059. (Weight is 41 oz so that kills IDPA)
    A 5″ M&P R8 MSRP’s at $1414. Weight is 36 oz but is a PC gun. Both are 8 shots. Just learn to load 140gr’ers at ~870fps.

    BTW is the 646 good for USPSC?

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