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Old 04-28-2019, 09:27 AM
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Which pistol for Training

Greetings,

Pretty sure I know the answer but wanted to get input.

I saved up and am going to Gunsite Academy for the 250 pistol class in Dec. I have two .45's I carry and use. A Colt WC and a DW Valor. The WC is used more than my Valor. No real reason as the Valor is awesome just used to taking the Colt.
Which should I take to Gunsite, the Valor, the WC or both? I assume since I use the WC as my go to carry that it would be my choice to use at the academy. Or take the Valor to get more proficient with it. Or does it matter at all! I realize it is about gun safety, handling, training and myself more than the gun.
Any input appreciated!

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Old 04-28-2019, 09:36 AM
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Take both, if you run into an issue with one you’ll be glad to have a second. Personally, I’d shoot the one I carry most.
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:51 AM
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Take both and shoot both.
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:56 AM
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I always take 2 or more guns to a class.
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Old 04-28-2019, 11:00 AM
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You want firearms that are 100% reliable.

Take twice as much FACTORY ammo as you think you will use, call ahead to verify the recommendation.

Take "Mole skin" and band aides!

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Old 04-28-2019, 02:54 PM
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I agree with the above, take both and use both.
What I see in some of the classes I take is people carry a small single stack gun for SD but show up with a full size Glock 17 to take the course with. I never understood that because to me the classes are the opportunity I have to train with what I carry. While having 18 shots instead of 8 in a larger gun might make for an easier class I don’t think it helps you develop skills needed with the actual gun you are going to carry.
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Old 04-28-2019, 05:11 PM
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Thanks Much for the responses! Both are going to go!
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Old 04-28-2019, 07:10 PM
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Greetings,

Pretty sure I know the answer but wanted to get input.

I saved up and am going to Gunsite Academy for the 250 pistol class in Dec. I have two .45's I carry and use. A Colt WC and a DW Valor. The WC is used more than my Valor. No real reason as the Valor is awesome just used to taking the Colt.
Which should I take to Gunsite, the Valor, the WC or both? I assume since I use the WC as my go to carry that it would be my choice to use at the academy. Or take the Valor to get more proficient with it. Or does it matter at all! I realize it is about gun safety, handling, training and myself more than the gun.
Any input appreciated!

Thanks,
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Old 04-28-2019, 11:18 PM
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Take both.
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:02 AM
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Thanks Again for the input! I really never thought about taking both with me. Thought one would be fine but both will be making the trip to Arizona now!
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:06 AM
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Another strategy would be:

Rank each of your carry guns on which you shoot best to least well...Use the one you shoot "least" well at the course. Master this one and the ones you already shoot better will come along anyway.
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Old 04-29-2019, 10:26 AM
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Thanks Again for the input! I really never thought about taking both with me. Thought one would be fine but both will be making the trip to Arizona now!
Good. You don't want your $$$ investment in the trip and class get screwed up by your gun going down, without a spare to have. I once flew across the country for a class which I finished with a wiggling front sight on only pistol I brought with me. Wouldn't have been too hard of a fix, but you still lose time and training.

Another, unsolicited, piece of advice is to bring a ton of mags. I don't think Gunsite 250 is too round intensive but you want to have as many loaded mags available. When I bring normal capacity guns, I usually have 5-6 mags with me, and for single stack guns I double that. Four mag pouches on a belt, stuffed pockets, and a dump pouch to drop empty mags into. Label your mags with a marker.
I also bring a spare holster.

You want to sort out all your gear before the class so your time is spent on learning.
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:56 PM
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Thanks for the advice. They said to bring 6 mags. I will bring more. I am treating my son to the academy as well so between both of us, we should be set! They said we will need 1000 rounds each plus 50 rounds of frangible ammo for the simulators. Moleskin, tape, and band aids as mentioned a must as well.
I believe we will buy the ammo at Gunsite. Too heavy to carry and ship. Gunsite has 1000 rounds of Remington factory loads (.45 acp) for $375. May check ammo prices in and around Phoenix. Flying into Phoenix and renting a car so buying ammo in Phoenix might be another option.
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:07 PM
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The ammo loading breaks are usually long enough to stuff more than 6 mags so the more, the better.

https://www.sgammo.com/product/45-au...n-fmj-ammo-45a

That's about 100 bucks less for a case, so 200 bucks for you two. I'd ask if you can ship your ammo to GS, and have your online vendor ship there.
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:11 PM
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I'd ask if you can ship your ammo to GS, and have your online vendor ship there.
You can. They give you the address and labeling instructions in your confirmation e-mail.
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Old 04-30-2019, 07:16 AM
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Fantastic. Will ship the ammo. I appreciate all the info as it helps tremendously!
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