I've been thinking about trying a little carry gun experiment in 2007, maybe filming the experiment for my new Internet video project you'll be seeing later on. My idea is to pick a handgun at random out of the vault, then spend a month using that gun as my regular carry gun. I'd practice with it, maybe compete with it. then carry it as much as possible. There are a couple of benefits I think I might get from this exercise:
1) I become a better all-around shooter, which is an on-going goal. It's harder to be a good all-around shooter than it used to be, as there's much les "walking around the woods and plinking" then the Old Days, plus the increased specialization of competition and training.Anyway, it should be interesting. I'm looking forward to firing the new SIGARMS 220 Compact that'll be introduced at SHOT (whoops...did I say that outloud?). I suspect it will be one of the few .45 carry guns that could seduce me away from my P225 9mm!
2) I'll have a better sense of other people's problems when I address concealed carry issues. I've been carrying a gun for a long time, and I suspect there are problems I've just plain forgotten .
3) I believe (and keep in mind that I am occasionally full of shit) that such an exercise will help me see the commonalities rather than the differences in firearms platforms. We spend a lot of time explaining how guns, or techniques, are different (analysis) and virtually no time on how they're the same (synthesis)...yeah, it's hard to do a magazine article on how THIS YEAR'S NEW BLASTER is just like LAST YEAR's OLD BLASTER, but hey...
I need a NAME for my upcoming Internet video product! Since it WILL NOT be affiliated with The Outdoor Channel, I can't use any variation of SHOOTING GALLERY, The name should be one or two words, neither of which can be either "c$%%&^ker" or "Shooting USA." I'd probably pass on "Guns & Ammo," too.
Whoever thinks of a cool phrase I can use and illustrate (think of the opening of SG and COWBOYS), I'll bring you something nice back from SHOT — unfortunately not one of those hot Russian chicks from the E.A.A. booth, however. I guarantee that you'll be VERY happy, though!
Post your ideas in the Comments, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Put your little thinking caps on, boys and girls! Have fun and win prizes!