Tricked Out Carry Pistols

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There are some very cool modifications people make to their carry pistols.  Everything from Big Dot sights and stippling the polymer, to cutting extra cocking serrations and removing material from the slide to make it cycle faster.  I’m all for giving yourself the best chance of survival in a bad situation, but at some point is it just too much?  At the very least, I’ll give three good reasons why it’s a bad idea to modify your carry weapon extensively. 

Money – IF you end up having to defend your life with this weapon, it’s gone once the police arrive.  Any time a firearm is involved in a crime or homicide (justified or not), it will never come back to you.  Maybe you don’t mind spending all that cash on a one time chance to live, but I would save that money on a good lawyer – God forbid you should need one of course. 

Negligent Discharges – This mainly has to do with triggers.  I’m seeing more and more guys making smart choices and leaving the slightly heavier factory triggers on their carry gun…this is awesome.  You need each pull of the trigger to be deliberate.  I know I would feel awful if I successfully defended myself or a loved one and then popped off an extra round into myself or an innocent bystander. 

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Modification Won’t Replace Training – This is true with so many things in life.  Let’s put this in a different arena.  Buying a $5,000 PRS electric guitar will not make you sound like Santana.  The same goes for your shooting abilities. In my experience, shooting skills are harder to keep than guitar skills.

I have Talon Grips and I plan on getting some new sights for my M&P Shield, but I don’t intend on doin much else.  To each their own, of course, and if we’re talking about WROL then bring on the milling machines and glitter glue.  As of the time I’m posting this, it’s not the best choice for everyday carry guns, but hey…it is a free country.

Be safe.  Use wisdom.  God Bless.

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