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    Question Range training

    I take two or three guns to the range one reason be a good boy scout something go wrong be prepared don't have a bad day shoot a different gun. But that is not what I am asking, I been told shooting one gun is the best way to get better, then shoot a different gun the next day. So now I will ask you guys what do you think ? Shoot safe and have fun

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    Conventional wisdom says train with a single gun to reach your peak. Me personally, I bring different guns and shoot whatever I feel like shooting. I will never be a bullseye competition shooter anyway so "minute of bad guy" is all I try to achieve...

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    Thanks we will see how many guys agree

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    Well, I believe it depends on your skill level. When you're starting out, I would recomment findind and sticking with one gun until you become a proficient shooter, whether it be working toward competition style shooting or just defensive shooting. Some subscribe to the school of thought that one gun is the way to go. The old saying is beware of the man who has only one gun b/c he is probably very good with it.

    Others, and I think most, shooters like too many guns to have only one. I would fall into this category. I may carry anywhere from 1-4 guns to the range depending on what my objective is. My last several visits I took two; my Glock 19 and the HK VP9. I was working to compare the two side by side to see if the VP9 was able to compete with the Glock in my hands. I had definite parameters I was working with, and was alone so I could concentrate on what I wanted to accomplish. Other times, if I'm just shooting for the fun of it, I may take a few people and several guns.

    I almost always take my EDC gun with me just to get a few shots in so that I don't lose my rating with it. Shooting is a perishable skill, so it is good to shoot your carry gun often, and with the ammo you carry for defense. I try to get to the range at least a couple times per month, but at least once a month. Sometimes more.
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    Once you get the fundamentals down and your proficient (meaning you can reliably and repeatedly hit what your aiming at)... shooting 1 or 10 guns dosen't matter. At that point, you should be able to pick up any gun and be able to hit what your aiming at.... the fundamentals haven't changed, only the gun has. You still have to focus on sight alignment, sight picture, grip, stance, trigger control, natural point of aim (NPA) and breathing.

    I will usually bring 2 to 3 guns at a time and rotate which ones based on mood and which ones I haven't shot in a while... or which one is new. I'll always make my EDC one of the guns that make the trip.

    That said, when starting out and working on proficiency... one gun would be a good idea. I learned on my Beretta 92G-SD for a couple years before buying my second, third, fourth...etc, etc. I think that helped me become a more skilled shooter.

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    I come to pistol shooting from motorcycle racing. When I raced I sometimes rode more than 1 motorcycle. If I became proficient at one bike at the expense of the other, it would cost me points. In order to be good with more than one motorcycle/pistol, I need to practice with more than one motorcycle/pistol. Your experience may be different, however. Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAPnRACK View Post
    Once you get the fundamentals down and your proficient (meaning you can reliably and repeatedly hit what your aiming at)... shooting 1 or 10 guns dosen't matter. At that point, you should be able to pick up any gun and be able to hit what your aiming at.... the fundamentals haven't changed, only the gun has. You still have to focus on sight alignment, sight picture, grip, stance, trigger control, natural point of aim (NPA) and breathing.

    I will usually bring 2 to 3 guns at a time and rotate which ones based on mood and which ones I haven't shot in a while... or which one is new. I'll always make my EDC one of the guns that make the trip.

    That said, when starting out and working on proficiency... one gun would be a good idea. I learned on my Beretta 92G-SD for a couple years before buying my second, third, fourth...etc, etc. I think that helped me become a more skilled shooter.
    I have to admit that 92G you have is pretty sweat. Did you see the Wilson Combat 92FS video I posted? I'd love to have one of those!

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    Yeah, those are nice pieces... there's just something about Beretta's. So iconic and the accurate.

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    When I first got a handgun I would only bring out my handgun. But now that I can shoot it accurately and I have more then one to pick from I bring out at lest two guns and one is always my EDC and usually attest a rifle or shotgun... Thinking about it I wish I could just bring all my guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickAcker23 View Post
    Thinking about it I wish I could just bring all my guns.
    How big a truck would you need?

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