Michael in GA writes:
I was going to submit a review of the Beretta Nano, but TTAG already has a couple articles on the Nano and a review by Destinee. Those submissions, being very informative and thorough, however, lack one key element. What can you expect from 18 months of EDC and 2,000-3,000 rounds of range time? So I won’t review the Nano because a bigger issue arose yesterday at the range . . .
My wife has has carried a Nano in her purse since Valentine’s Day 2013. That spring, we signed up for a class given by the county police which granted us the use of the law enforcement shooting range one Saturday each month for a year. In August of that year we bought two memberships at a local gun range giving us unlimited range time for one year.
We made most of the Saturdays at the Police range, even in the rain when it was only the two of us and the RO. We maintained a ritual of meeting after work every Monday at the commercial range and each time we shot a minimum of 50 rounds each. Add to that, all the visits to the range before getting our passes having to pay-as-we-go, and that comes to well over 2,500 rounds fired from her pistol.
On our last prepaid visit to the range in August, we ran out of Federal ball, so I loaded her magazine with Tul-Ammo. I shoot that stuff with my GLOCK all the time because…GLOCK. She gets all the brass cased ammo because…well she just does.
She pulled the trigger and click. She racked the slide, aimed and click. She ejected those rounds and I inspected them. They had a striker mark on the primer. I loaded them in my pistol and fired both of them. We called it a day and told the guy in the shop what happened. He said, “Bad ammo”. I told him it worked in my GLOCK and he said “GLOCKs eat everything.” So we left and she loaded her “good ammo” — Winchester 124 grain +P — and we hadn’t been shooting since. Until yesterday.
I had new sights on my pistol and wanted to get familiar with them. My wife had an itchy finger after three months off from shooting. She went to the line first and…click. She removed the magazine and ejected the round and it, too had the slight pin strike on the primer. She wanted to see if it was an ammo problem so she inserted her carry mag with her defensive rounds, loaded the chamber and click. The first thought I had was, broken firing pin or bad spring. The second thought I had was, OMG! She has been carrying an inoperable firearm for self defense for three months! You’re better off not carrying than having a false sense of security.
Good thing that range was where she bought the gun. They took care of sending it back to Beretta for repair. She has my GLOCK 19 on loan until her Nano is returned. Meanwhile I keep my AR in the truck for when I’m out and about. I can’t take a gun into work so my pistol stays locked in the car most of the day anyway.
So here is the point: Is it a good idea to own two identical carry pistols so that you can train extensively with one and not wear out the parts of your EDC gun? I think the practice has merit. One day my GLOCK will be out of commission. It would be nice…no…smart to have another GLOCK 19 that I have been training with to have for the rare instance that I need to save a life.
Seems like a simple, logical solution to curb wear and tear on your EDC gun while being able to train frequently with the same setup. It’s like a baseball player who has separate batting practice bats and matching gamers. Make sense?