What I know now. A common theme on Tam’s blog is that if she knew what she knows now back when she first got in to guns, she would have bought 3 Glock 19s and a whole mess of mags and never worried about her carry gun again. I often have the same thought, but from the perspective of that it would have kept me from wasting a lot of money on guns that were kind of silly and pointless. Like my deeply regrettable Taurus phase; or the 10mm Glock, or any number of guns that I bought where that money could have been better spent on taking a class or buying ammo for my guns.
But at the same time, that whole “stupid phase” helped me get to where I am right now. If I hadn’t bought crappy guns, and done some silly things, I never would have learned the lessons that were necessary to get me here. Which is part of why Gun Nuts even exists – because by sharing my learning process externally I hope that other people can avoid some of the pitfalls that I hit and accelerate new shooters through their learning process. A perfect example of this is the whole “revolver thing” that I do now. I shoot revolvers in competition and carry a revolver for self defense. I don’t do this because the revolver is the best tool for the job – I probably should just buy a couple of M&Ps in 9mm and carry those, but I carry and shoot revolvers because they’re fun. I know that a flat-black people-popper like a Glock, M&P, or Ruger SR9 would be a better choice for concealed carry, but I’m also not worried about the zombie apocalypse any time soon. At this juncture, I carry wheelguns because I like them. If I ever want something with more bullets, there are a pair of Ruger SR9cs here that I really enjoy shooting, and I’ll just grab one of those.