… but Austin Bay reminds us why gun snobbery is for the birds:
I do take exception to the gun snob comments about the Beretta 92. Thatâ€™s the civilian version of the M9. I could not hit squat with the service .45 I carried in the 1970s while on duty in Germany. The weapon was a rattle trap, which was no doubt part of the problem. However, a couple of the NCOs told me my accuracy problem â€œisnâ€™t entirely the weaponâ€™s fault.â€ Hah. Well, I agreed. I was adequate with a rifle, but the pistol? Yes, I can see the barnâ€™s broadside. No, I cannot hit the barnâ€™s broadside â€” not with my service .45.
But the Beretta I had in Iraq was something else entirely â€” I managed to qualify sharpshooter with it. I know, the superior gunfighters out there will dismiss that as the sorry effort of a chronic poor shot. However, I came within two rounds of qualifying expert. Thatâ€™s a huge change. I had confidence I could hit a target.
It all comes down to what works for you. I’ve always been able to shoot well with a Glock, and struggle a lot more with Bitter’s single stack SIG. Ahab of WWJWD likes to carry a Walther P22, which most people would deride. Shot placement is key, and a pistol chambered in .22LR that you hit your target consistently with will do a lot more than one in .50 AE that you can’t hit shit with. While there are certain firearms that shouldn’t be carried for safety reasons, I’ve always been of the opinion that you should carry what you’re comfortable with, and enjoy shooting enough to practice a lot, so your shot placement is good.