It was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”- Charles Dickens

We’ve never lived in better times, ladies and gentlemen.  In the four and one half decades I have been on this planet, I have witnessed the market for reliable handguns go through the proverbial roof.  In that short amount of time, we went from a good crop of revolvers, and only a few select semi-automatic pistols, that were reliable for duty use, to the pile in the picture.  And that pile leaves out a great number of designs that fit the bill.

I can remember as a kid that if you wanted a reliable defensive handgun, you picked up a Smith and Wesson K frame, or a Colt Trooper MKIII.  There were a few semi-automatic designs, but most had to be worked over to be usable.  The Smith M39, Browning P35, or a M1911 were about the only three that were in my world  before the “wonder nine” boom. In gun magazines, I saw the P7, CZ variants, and a few other designs of the time.

The “wonder nine” boom brought us Glocks, SIG Sauer (early branding as the Browning BDA in the US), HK USP, and Berettas.  So many choices.  And in the last 10 years we’ve witnessed the HK P30, HK VP9, SIG P320, Smith M&P and more.

Today, we seem as a community to be almost obsessed with picking the “best” of the current litter.  We seem to spend a lot of time hand wringing if purchasing this pistol will give us “brass to the face” or “barn door accuracy”.  And through this hand wringing, we seem to lose it somewhere to the point that we forget that we do live in great times.  There are more good reliable choices than ever.  There is truly something for everyone.

Enjoy these times, gents.  Get out and train.  And God Bless America!


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About Jerry Jones

Jerry Jones has been a Sheriff's Deputy in Kentucky since 1996. Jerry is currently assigned as a patrol deputy, firearms instructor and senior operator/training supervisor with a multi jurisdictional tactical team. Jerry is Kentucky POST certified to teach firearms, SWAT, and sniper operations and deployment at the Academy level. Jerry is also the President/CEO of Operation Specific Training and the Law Enforcement Representative for Apex Tactical Specialties.

5 thoughts on “It was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times

  1. Yes, and while it last there are great deals out there for people who did not over spend during the panic! Mags are plentiful and cheap, discounts on guns, its all thee unless you are still looking for 22 ammo. Shop smart while you can as Im sure it is only temporary!

  2. I have been saying this to a lot of the young people who have finicky complaints about current guns.
    I am old enough too, to recall the days that finding an auto that would feed something other than hardball was near impossible!
    Today’s autos are so much better in this regard.
    I think over time people have gotten simply way too anal/OCD about things that do not matter.
    Tinkering with a gun to solve nonexistent problems is what gives fodder for a lot of web chats I figure.
    On one site ( and I can not agree more!) someone said:
    People fix guns until they are broke and this is true.
    Same goes for people that insist a detail strip of a gun annually ( or in some cases even more frequently) is somehow essential for routine care.

  3. I came of age, professionally speaking, in that time, beginning my LEO career in 1981. I certainly remember the days of revolvers, 1911s, and the S&W autos. Owned at least one of all of them at various times, and still do. Also have a bunch of polymer guns now.

  4. Best of times as i cant wait until hilton or tim does a colt 1911 9mm review and range report.

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