tHE PERFECT PISTOL SHOT
Improvements in ammunition have made the old arguments on caliber less important. Pistols won the popularity contest against revolvers, but revolvers are being justified by DAO pistol triggers, and a remarkable array of calibers never before found in handguns. If you've read The Perfect Pistol Shot, you know I strongly encourage shooters to stick with whatever modern, full-size, service weapon they currently have, and then master that particular handgun. Like you, I have prefences in caliber, handgun type, barrel length and ammunition, but I've learned that in terms of effectiveness the shooter is what matters. Nonetheless, there is one thing in handguns I just won't keep to myself. I don't like stainless steel finishes on handguns. They work well, they resist weather, and I can't stand them. Give me a blued or parkerized handgun that shows holster wear and age, not one that just scratches. Clean, properly oiled, blued handguns don't rust, either. Look at a richly blued firearm and trace the years of service in its finish. A blued or parkerized weapon keeps a record of service. revealing how it adapted to its shooter. Thats the aesthetic pay-off for lugging the cursed thing around for ten years. I know it doesn't matter, it really doesn't...but I can't help myself.
Albert League is a former Marine Corps and law enforcement firearm instructor who consults on a variety of security topics. He is the founder of the Practics firearms defense system and author of the Practics book series.(www.practicsusa.com)