Mastering Multiple Handguns

Different Platforms Bring Different Skills To The Fore, And Additional Satisfaction To Handgun Enthusiasts

In first quarter 2011, I was asked to present the International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) Five-Gun Master plaque to David Maglio. The presentation took place at the Saukville, Wis., Police Headquarters in Ozaukee County where David is a career lawman with the Sheriff’s Office. The first Five-Gun Master presenting the award to the newest seemed to be a good fit.

We’ve all been warned to “beware the man with one gun, he probably knows how to use it,” and advised to follow Bianchi’s Law (“same gun, same holster, same place, all the time”). I won’t argue with either piece of long-standing conventional wisdom. At the same time, there’s something to be said for developing skill with different handgun platforms.

For one thing, if you’re an instructor, you’re cheating your students if you’re only adept with one gun, which is not necessarily the same one all your students use. A firearms instructor on his own time, and an excellent one, Maglio knows this well. For another thing, the different formats are fun, and learning the subtleties of each gives you more satisfaction from exploring our firearms heritage.

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  1. John Heine

    Before Ketrina we had local plate matches. Muscle memory helped with my speed. As I am a (good deal) type of collector, I noticed that if I practiced with a gun that had a different grip angle than my Kimber my aim and speed at the next match would be slower. I still collect different models and familiarize myself with their features but don’t practice as much with them.


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