No sword, no matter how perfect, is much use if it just hangs over the mantelpiece looking pretty. Shoot your defensive firearms, people. Take them to the range. Get them dirty. Clean them sometimes. Shoot them more. Say I went out and bought an STI Rangemaster in 9mm for Bianchi Cup Metallic Division (I yearn for this gun in a decidedly inappropriate way, btw). The gun starts at $1500 MSRP, but the additional touches I’d have put it on it would definitely drive that cost up. So then after I’ve had one of the top 1911 companies build a gun according to my specs, would I let it languish in the closet not getting shot? No way. Shoot your guns. Shoot them lots.
In fact, here’s my challenge to you. Pick one gun from your collection that you compete and/or carry. I want you to try and shoot 1000 rounds through that gun this month. If you already shoot 1,000 in a month, try for 2k. And don’t just do magazine dumps in to the berm at 5 yards, make these rounds count. Shoot for accuracy, or speed, practice drills you’ve seen online, but try to shoot 1000 rounds through the month of August. I’d be very interested to see how that goes!