Although I have a variety of different firearms in my closet, my everyday carry pieces tend to come in one flavor: 9mm GLOCK-brand GLOCKs. This was the result of a decision by my significant other. When we began dating, my darling wife had recently graduated from a university in New York, and after a brief stint in social work, she was pursuing a master’s degree. She also had a tendency to look askance at things firearms-related . . .
However, shortly after we were married (and after some long conversations about prudence, self-defense, firearm safety, and the like) she attended firearms training classes and was the proud owner of her own pistol.
My wife came to gun ownership with the perspective of a woman whose only interest in firearms was that they were useful tools for self-defense, and that she wanted one primarily for home defense. Therefore, she told me, what she wanted was something that could reasonably be expected to go ‘bang’ every time the trigger was intentionally pulled, that was easy to care for, that wasn’t too harsh in the recoil department, and was reasonably priced.
She shook her head at Smith & Wesson, gave a “meh” after holding a Walther PPS, snorted derisively after seeing the typical price tag for a 1911, and then came home with a GLOCK-brand GLOCK 19 (Gen4).
My own main EDC pieces went through some evolutions. I started with a Kahr MK9 that was for pocket carry…until it started migrating to an OWB holster due to the weight of its stainless steel frame. It occurred to me that if I was going to carry my firearm on the hip, I could accommodate something bigger. So I went to the store and came home with a Springfield EMP, which I dearly loved.
Unfortunately, despite being a wonderful shooter and a beautiful piece that seemed to just ‘fit’ me, it wasn’t reliable and a return trip to the Springfield factory didn’t fix it. It was traded for an aluminum-framed 1911…which didn’t fit my hand well at all, and also proved a little unreliable. At that point, I noticed that as middle-of-the-road as they were, (gasp!) my wife was right: the goal was to get a tool that was a solid self-defense piece, not a gun I was going to fall in love with. And the GLOCK just worked for me. The 1911 was traded for two guns, GLOCK numbers 17 and 19.
This isn’t meant to be a plug for Gaston’s guns. What works for me may not for you. The point of the story is that although I came to GLOCK despite my best efforts and still haven’t grown to ‘love’ them, I was glad I did. Not only did it get me a reliable heavy-duty pistol, it also let me standardize my family’s home defense firearms.
Yeah, I know, it may sound like I’m trying to come across as something of an “operator” and because I’m writing this at Starbucks while drinking a bottle of overpriced water (which promises on the label to help poor people in “coffee-growing communities,” that’s probably a clue that I’m not on the high speed low drag career track.
But consider these practical points: by learning to detail-strip one gun, I pretty much learned how to do all of them. The ammunition is interchangeable, which means that I don’t have to worry about finding good prices on two different calibers when I buy. The magazines are interchangeable at least in in the sense that the 19s can share with each other, and the 17 is a universal donor. So that stockpile of GLOCK 17 magazines I scored a few years ago means that we won’t have to worry about scrounging (and paying top dollar) for the right magazine should one break later, or should we someday encounter some imperial entanglements with regards to capacity.
We also have three different test-beds on which to try different accessories, which proved helpful when we tried out night sights. More importantly, since all of the guns have the same ergonomics and manual of arms, training on one — drawing, loading, operating, firing — pretty much applies to the others, too.
Again, I’m not pushing GLOCKs here – they happened to work for us. Maybe not for you. Nor is this meant to suggest that you should ONLY buy a particular brand of firearm. I do own others, but with the exception of a Kahr meant for pocket carry situations (which has a somewhat similar manual of arms,) they’re for fun and sport, and don’t live in the EDC/personal defense rotation.
When it comes to self-defense, if there’s a particular model that everyone in your household can agree on, why not standardize the guns that’ll serve your family in a crisis?