6 signs you’re getting bad advice

Oh ye Internet, how you are full of information both good and bad. And how much more difficult is it to sort the wheat from the chaff when groups you’d hope would know better perpetuate bad information. Yeah maybe it’s all well-intended, but remember what the road to Hell is paved with.

So this article: 6 Signs You’re Using The Wrong CCW Handgun is more like 6 signs you’re getting bad advice.

1. Size

Yes, you should be comfortable with the size of your handgun in terms of hold, grip, shoot, proper trigger finger placement. It’s called proper gun fit. That much is true.

But bigger pistols have more accuracy because of their fit and reduced recoil? Um, no. Bigger pistols can be more accurate because they can have a longer sight radius. The article gives a nod to the longer sight radius, but incorrectly attributes how things work.

Yes a smaller gun can be more handy with regards to carry itself: less weight, smaller is easier to conceal. But why are you carrying a gun? So you can have a little lead and steel weight dangling off your body at all times? Or because you feel you may need to draw and shoot to preserve your life? Smaller guns are harder to shoot. Size matters, but ability to perform and handle the critical task matters more.

2. Caliber

Smaller calibers mean less recoil, faster and more accuracy. Larger calibers will inflict more energy and damage.

Say what? Smaller calibers are more accurate? Can someone explain to me how bullet diameter enables greater accuracy?

Larger calibers inflict more energy and damage. Really? I mean, 9mm and .45 ACP suck about the same. And .223 Remington and .308 Winchester are smaller calibers than .45 ACP, but they sure inflict more damage.

If you’re looking for fast follow-up shots and more chances of accuracy, then perhaps starting off or switching to something small might help. If you need something with a lot of force and penetration, then definitely look into the larger calibers.

Well, sorta. Yeah, if there’s less recoil it will enable faster follow-up shots because there’s simply less time with the gun off target (off in recoil-land). But needs lots of force and penetration? um.. maybe you should spend a little time looking into ballistics data.

There’s so much wrong here.

3. Accuracy

your accuracy could suffer because of poor compatibility between you and your gun

True. We see this a lot in classes,  often because students have guns that do not fit them. Someone with small hands trying to shoot a Sig P226, and it doesn’t work. Give them something like an M&P with the small backstrap and suddenly they can hit everything.

But that’s not how the article goes.

if you notice that you are lacking either point shoot or sighted accuracy, maybe it is because the gun is too heavy, too big in size, too big in caliber, etc.

Maybe. But did you ever think that maybe the problem is you?

Why is there no discussion of maybe you just not having the skill? That maybe you should seek professional instruction? That the eyes of an experienced person can better diagnose the problems and guide you to an optimal solution.

4. Recoil

if after time, the recoil is still slowing you down and not allowing you to have quick, more accurate follow-up shots, then this could be a sign to find something different (maybe even something smaller than what you normally carry).

Maybe. But again this is rarely the case. Most often recoil problems are technique problems, not gun problems. Again, seek professional instruction.

5. Bullets & Accessories

Bullets play a big role on choosing the right firearm for yourself. There are no perfect bullet types and every sort of bullet will have its pros and cons. The question is whether or not the type of bullet gives you as the individual carrier more pros. Important things to consider with your bullets: weight, penetration, energy, shape, projection and distance, and more.

I have no idea how this relates to the topic of the article. I have no idea what the author is trying to convey here.

How does FMJ vs. HP or a round nose vs. a flat nose matter in this context? in choosing the right firearm for yourself? Granted, make sure the gun can feed the ammo, but apart from that, I’m confused.

6. Maintenance

I’ll grant, if your gun is so finicky that it needs to be cleaned after a few hundred rounds in order to operate right, then you need a different gun. Yes yes, some guns are this way and rightly so, but for the purposes of personal defense? Man, get a Glock or M&P and be done with it. This isn’t to say you can ignore and neglect things (your car won’t run very well if you don’t give it gas, change the oil, keep air in the tires, etc.), but there you go.

So ok… maybe it’s 5 signs of bad advice since I pretty much agree with #6.

Here’s the thing.

Equipment matters, but not for the reasons given in this article. What matters more and affects most the issues raised in this article more? The operator of the handgun. Get good instruction from good instructors. Put 10,000 rounds downrange in good classes. Put 100,000 reps of dry fire in. Put in a few good years of serious and dedicated study and practice. After that if you find your Glock 17/19 or M&P9 doesn’t fit your bill, then you’ll have the knowledge and experience to know how to tweak your equipment choices — and you’ll actually have the skill to back it up too.


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