Interesting how many of us will bring two or more guns to a tactical weapons course, in case one breaks, keep loaded firearms strategically placed throughout our homes, top off every magazine we own, and have battle rattles for a moment’s notice (pay attention Hillary gun grabbers), yet carry one gun when armed in public where we are more likely to face criminal deadly force.
The Glock 30 pictured above has been a carry gun for thirteen years, running thousands of rounds without fail until yesterday when its $3 slide lock spring broke on the 18th round. A philosophical moment since, until then, I did not have a visceral appreciation for carrying a backup gun.
Guns break. That we know. Question for armed civilians and law enforcement carrying only one gun is, why do we plan for guns to break at the range, during controlled training events, but not during life and death situations in public or on the job?
Picture: $3 part shuts down $600 gun: broken slide lock spring (under the C) cuts short a day of training with Gen 3 Glock 30. *$600 to $1000 generally gets you home with a quality pistol, meaning “Glock, Smith, or Sig”. After market modifications can run a few hundreds to thousands depending on shooter preferences.