We love our gear and our “toys”. Case in point: the mania surrounding the iPhone 6 release and the people camping out for weeks to get the first one.
Why not? It’s fun, it’s tangible, you can experience it, you can share it, you can show it, you can talk (debate/argue) about it. There’s a lot of human satisfaction that comes from gear.
And so like with gear in any realm, so much discussion in the firearms world revolves around equipment.
I always liked Insights Training Center‘s “inverted pyramid” of priorities:
You need equipment, it is foundational. But it is also the least important. Find the equipment that works for you, then move on. Don’t be afraid to occasionally reassess your gear because technology improves and something better may come along, or maybe later on you discover gear that works better. For example, I was fine with my Springfield XD for a number of years, but the main reason I switched to the S&W M&P was discovering minor differences in the construction of the frame worked better for the physiology of my hands . But on the whole, get it settled and move on.