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If You Glorify The Past, Then The Future Dries Up

My friend Tam recently shared a couple of pages from a 90’s era issue of Guns And Ammo, and the content in it was… not good. G&A predicted that the top handgun trends of 1995 would be things like the Bersa Thunder 9,  S&W Sigma in .40 and the Interarms Ultrastar.

Yeah, we’ve come a long way in 25 years, baby.

I mean, let’s think about what was the hot topics of 1970 were. Model 19s. Colt Detectives and Troopers. Maybe a few Model 39s thrown in just to please those freaks who thought 9mm was the best caliber for self-defense, and of course there was that guy in the back of the magazine always going on and on about how the 1911 was the be-all and end-all of combat handguns.

What a weirdo. I wonder whatever happened to him.

In the twenty five years from 1970, we went from talking about .38 and .357 revolvers to praising semi-autos in 9mm and 40 S&W. I wonder what handgun trends of today we’ll be laughing at twenty five years from now? Here’s a few ideas.

How could gun owners in 2020 not see how big of a deal the Sig Sauer Custom Works Fire Control Unit was going to be? What Sig is doing with this program is nothing less than turning their trigger pack into the AR15 lower of pistols. This will change all sorts of things, most of which we haven’t figured out yet.

Red dots becoming darn close to the default sighting option. Bushnell is coming out with a sub-$300 RDS and other players are already in the market at that price point. The biggest thing holding people back is the added cost of milling a slide, and that is going away bit by bit. I think the biggest changes we’ll see in the market over the next few years is the standardization on one footprint (my guess is the RMR) and prices on dots dropping down to $150 or thereabouts.

The retro affection for the Beretta 92, Colt Python, original Glock 17 and other such guns. Nothing wrong with any of them per se, but I don’t get the love for those guns. Maybe it’s just a nostalgic phase we’re going through right now, like Beatlemania for guns or something. Play your greatest hits albums, people, then embrace the future and move on.

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  1. I think the SIG FCU link is incorrect.

    I wonder how big a deal that is going to be, actually. I’m still at the “sell me the gun and I’ll slap a RDS on it and go,” point. I went through the “let’s customize the trigger to the point of stupid” phase and I’m done. It will be interesting to see what other people do with this.

    1. We’ve seen the FCU concept in rifles for a while now. Companies make rifles with a Mauser action or a 10/22 action, or even a Remington 700. I guess it’s because putting a rifle action into a different stock set is common? It’s the whole idea behind the hot Chassis rifle category.

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