Friday, August 01, 2014

Redundancy and Ubiquity.

When last we left my carry gun, it had spat out the orange insert around the tritium vial in the front sight.

At that point, I had a couple choices:
  • I could switch to carrying the backup M&P357, which has the same sights on it as the 9, in its own holster.

  • I could move the CTC Lasergrip and Lightguard to the M&P357 and carry it in the same Dark Star Gear holster as the 9.

  • I could drive over to Premier Arms and buy a fresh set of Ameriglo I-Dot Pros, have the front sight installed, send my old front sight off to Ameriglo to be fixed, and now have a spare sight set just in case this ever happens again.
This is one advantage to the ubiquity of the Glock/M&P pistols*. I don't know that I'd have had the same luck in getting same-day, while-U-wait service, with the part I needed in stock and available.

So, all in all it was a handy reminder of the maxims "Two is one and one is none," and "'Common' is not a pejorative term for pistols."

*It's also an advantage of having a local gun store switched on enough to keep I-Dot pros in stock, at least for Glocks and M&Ps.


Tango Juliet said...

A true selling point. You can take the girl out of retail but you can't take retail out of the girl. :)

The Duck said...

Yes fully agree, very good advice
My route has been 1911's, but if the one I carry goes down, I simply switch it out for another, I don't even have to change mags, as they are all 9mm and all either commanders or government size, but even the BUG , A para carry 9 will feed off the full size mags.

Anonymous said...

That is why my carry guns are very similar. My Springfield 1911A1 and my CZ2075 share grip angles, sight picture, safety & disconnect position & operation, grip panels, and holster design. I can use either of them w/o muscle memory problems.

Scott J said...

I had a major senior moment before my club's monthly IDPA match a few weeks ago.

Set the Range Officer in a zipper rug out of my bag while I loaded up boxes of .45 and put them in the bag.

I then forgot said zipper rug when I transferred the range bag to my car.

Fortunately my current "console gun" is also a 1911 so I ran it.

And as I posted on book of Face now that I've added a magwell to the RO and switched from Hogue rubber finger grooves to VZ standard grips I need to modify that car 1911 to be more similar.

global village idiot said...

You're still the biggest Gun Hipster I know.


mikee said...

I am conflicted.

You point out the truism that "Two is one" while SayUncle points out the problem with multiples of one type of pistol.

What to do? Oh, lawsy me, what to do?

Tam said...


"SayUncle points out the problem with multiples of one type of pistol."

He did?

"Oh, lawsy me, what to do?"

Whatever you want.

mikee said...

From now on, whenever questioned, I get to declaim with authority that Tam has said I can do whatever I want. So I got that going for me.