When It Comes to Guns, Do You Get What You Pay For?
It was my turn. I was standing in front of the experienced class members at a tactical training session. The timer went off. I drew my pistol from my holster, joined hands, pushed out and prepared to fire at the target. I shot off a few rounds when I saw something fall and hit the floor as I was pulling to fire another round. It was my trigger…
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The next thing I did was look at my finger. It was red and a little sore, but okay. My gun had literally fallen apart while I was using it and I felt lucky to still have my hand intact.
I was in shock!
The gentleman next to me handed me his gun. “Here, use my Sig. I’ve put at least 10,000 rounds through it and haven’t had one issue.”
I happily took his gun and also used another gentleman’s Sig during the same training class. When I thanked them, they replied with kindness: “You get what you pay for, invest in a Sig.”
Is this true? Did I test all of those guns only to buy a low-quality handgun?
When purchasing my first handgun I spent a lot of time testing rentals at the range and searching for the best gun for my needs. At the time I heard all sorts of things from others. However, I settled on a Ruger Lc9s and loved the way it fit in my hand, how I could shoot with the snappy 9mm pistol and the ease of concealment. No one mentioned quality.
Thinking back…I had my Ruger LC9s for a few months, firing 50-100 rounds or so a week at the range, when the magazine release started causing issues. I couldn’t push the magazine up through the handle and every so many rounds one would half-chamber and the slide would lock back.
“It needs more oil,” I thought to myself. “I must not be cleaning it properly.”
I made a phone call to Ruger and quickly received a shipping label and instructions. They were happy to take the gun in for repair, paying for shipping both ways including pickup from FedEx.
I had the gun back from this repair just a few weeks when the trigger broke. Again, Ruger took the gun in for the trigger and even returned it with an extra magazine but all I could think about is the gun breaking when I needed it for self-defense.
“It’s not a workhouse.” One shooter told me. The Ruger may be fine for someone who doesn’t use it often but if you want something to put a few hundred rounds through a month you need a Sig Sauer or a Glock.
I thought, she’s right! I own a second Ruger, the SR9C, that has repeatedly had issues with light strikes despite also going to Ruger and the local gunsmith for repair.
I looked at my Ruger and thought “I can no longer trust this gun to help me defend myself in the event of an emergency.” What would I have done if I was trail running in the middle of the woods and I needed to defend myself and the trigger broke?
I did take the advice of my classmates and drove almost two hours to a Sig Sauer dealer to shoot rentals and pick a new carry. I also took advantage of an amazing discount from Sig through A Girl & A Gun.
My Ruger Lc9s cost me $215 lightly used and my Sig cost me $603 with the generous discount I received through the program.
I trust my Sig Sauer. I really do and I’m thrilled to have it at my side. It has gone to several skills classes and when I draw…I know it will fire!
Was my experience a fluke? Do you really get what you pay for when it comes to guns?
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