…will be hammered down. Related wisdom: It is better to be the hammer than the nail. What does that have to do with shooting though? I get an email at least once month, that goes something along these lines: Hey Caleb, I want to get started in practical shooting, but I don’t want to use the same gun that everyone else is using, what should I get? In this case, the email writer is asking to be the nail. I have been the nail, and it’s not fun. In the past year, I’ve gone from “no action pistol” to shooting over 1500 rounds per month, competing in major matches, and even winning some stuff here and there. I have learned a lot in that time, and most of it has been because of the wisdom and experience of the shooting community, filled with people like Todd Jarrett, BJ Norris, and Julie Golob.
But this was the hardest lesson for me to learn, becase 1) I’m extremely individualistic, and 2) I’m kind of pig-headed. Reference for example the Bianchi Cup – the biggest match of my life, and I shot a gun that was the only one of its kind in the entire Production division. Go to the Production Nationals and what is everyone shooting? Glocks, XDs, M&Ps. Sure there are a few guys clinging to their DA/SA guns, but by and large, the plastic guns dominate the competition scene.
There’s a reason for that, and it’s because those frames and those designs have millions of rounds through them collectively, and the guys that shoot stuff for a living demand the characteristics that those pistols embody. There is a reason why people don’t win IDPA championships with EAA Witness guns, Bersas, or some other “weird but different” brand.
Don’t be the nail – be the hammer, buy a Glock/1911/XD/MP and let your shooting be what makes you stand out.