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Does weapon familiarity really matter that much?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by cfr, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    What you would lose is speed. Since your chance of needing a fast reload during a gunfight, if you are a civilian CCWer, is substantially less than your chance of winning several million dollars in a lottery, that probably isn't that big a deal. A bigger issue is things that affect your ability to fire the first 2 or 3 shots fast - safeties and different triggers.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2012
  2. CanMan

    CanMan Silver Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    in flagrante
    "Does weapon familiarity really matter that much?"

    Or, does familiarity breed contempt? Not for me, at least when it comes to firearms. For my EDC it's the same gun, same holster, same place every time. I apply the This is my Rifle, This is my Gun principle to EDC so I present the right tool for the job!

  3. Clutch Cargo

    Clutch Cargo Amsterdam Haze

    Nov 29, 2010
    Not as bad as pulling the trigger when the safety is still on.
    I believe the scenario type brought up by deputy tom is most valid.
  4. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    And not just equal time, but LOTS OF TIME.

    In high school I had a Triumph 650 and a BMW 500 motorcycle.
    Rode both daily - a lot. I didn't own a car at the time.
    One bike shifted on the right with brake on the left.
    The other was reversed.
    Thousands of miles.
    No troubles.

    Like I previously stated.
    Train enough and it is possible to be proficient with multiple platforms and controls.
    I've got handguns with standard and Euro mag releases.
    And train enough with them that it's a non-issue.

    I'm not saying that will work for everybody.
    And feel many people may be woefully under trained with
    the weapon(s) they depend on to save their lives.

    For most folks the K.I.S.S method makes a lot of sense - IMHO.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2012