I've owned a Browning BDM. It was a neat pistol. It was going to be the Next Big Thing, swore at least one gunwriter. I couldn't find holsters for it.
I traded it for a Macintosh SE/30, which I no longer own, either.
The pistol'd be worth more than the Mac would be right now, but I miss both about the same, which is to say "very little, actually". As a matter of fact, I might be persuaded to buy another SE/30, as I sort of half-heartedly collect Macs still, but the BDM tempts me not at all, because I don't collect failed attempts at fin de siècle mass-market cop guns.
It's actually one of several guns I went through, back when I was always game to find the Next Big Thing, but I think the shiny of being an early adopter has worn right off for me.
I mean, to be blunt about it, in the world of new self-loading service pistol introductions, it's safest to bet on failure.
Ignoring the churning mass of Brazilian/Italian/Turkish/Filipino dreck
down in the cheap showcase, how many actually truly successful new
pistol lines have been launched in the last twenty years? The USP. The
M&P. Springfield Armory rescued that Croatian thing with a crap-ton
of marketing dollars. It's too soon to call it on the SR9, but Ruger
can throw a bunch of marketing money at it, too.
In a world where big, established makers like Steyr and Browning and
Beretta and Colt and FN and SIG can bomb so abysmally in trying to get a
successful design established in the market, it's always left me a
little bemused to see people falling all over themselves trying to be
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