Setting the requirements
In our last installment we looked at the risks involved with carrying a $1000+ firearm every day. If you question the wisdom of that just think how George Zimmerman would feel if the gun being held in evidence while the Feds decide if he violated Trayvon Martin’s civil rights was a $5000+ Wilson Combat Tactical Supergrade Compact instead of a Kel-Tec PF-9.
The first item for consideration is that the new platform be something my wife can handle confidently. She doesn’t like to shoot as much as I do so besides being something with recoil she can manage it will need to be simple to operate.
The next criterion is a mature aftermarket. There are many good firearms out there that you can’t get a lot of spare or custom parts for either due to their being new or the manufacturer maintaining a stranglehold on it. One of the desires is to have a field maintenance kit that has sufficient parts and tools to keep the gun running save everything but a catastrophic failure.
In keeping with our last requirement the new platform needs to be easy to maintain. The 1911 is easy to maintain but many parts have to be hand fit. Any mistakes in the fitting can cause the gun to fail which leaves you with an expensive rock. Having a gun you can just drop replacement parts into beats trying to hand fit parts with a rock for a workbench.
Finally the platform has to be reliable. My current favorites; the 1911 and S&W revolver have over a century of service and while it would be delusional to claim they are 100% reliable they both have long service records and reputations that few can match. Whatever replaces the 1911 as an EDC will have to have a reputation of its own.
Tomorrow you’ll find out what made the cut.