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GUNS Magazine August 2011 Digital Edition - Page 26
• M A S S A d A y O O B • MASTErING MULTIPLE hANdGUNS Different platforms bring different skills to the fore, and additional satisfaction to handgun enthusiasts. n first quarter 2011, I was asked to present the I International Defensive Pistol Association’s (IDPA) FiveGun Master plaque to David Maglio. The presentation took place at the Saukville, wis., Police Headquarters in Ozaukee County where David is a career lawman with the Sheriff’s Office. The first Five-Gun Master presenting the award to the newest seemed to be a good fit. We’ve all been warned to “beware the man with one gun, he probably knows how to use it,” and advised to follow Bianchi’s Law (“same gun, same holster, same place, all the time”). I won’t argue with either piece of longstanding conventional wisdom. At the same time, there’s something to be said for developing skill with different handgun platforms. For one thing, if you’re an instructor, you’re cheating your students if you’re only adept with one gun, which is not necessarily the same one all your students use. A firearms instructor on his own time, and an excellent one, Maglio knows this well. For another thing, the different formats are fun, and learning the subtleties of each gives you more satisfaction from exploring our firearms heritage. Stock Service Pistol (SSP) encompasses double-action autos, such as the Beretta 92F David once carried (and successfully used in the line of duty), and the Glock 17 his agency now issues. Can you be a “gun guy” if you’re not familiar with the most popular handgun in this country, and with your nation’s standard issue military service pistol? Custom Defense Pistol (CDP) is geared around that centuryold American classic, the 1911 .45 Automatic Colt Pistol. Other .45 ACP platforms are eligible, and David used 26 a Glock 21 to make Master there. Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP) encompasses single-action autos: the 1911 in .38 Super, as carried by Texas Ranger Frank Hamer the day he shot Bonnie and Clyde, or in 9mm; the classic Browning Hi-Power in any of its calibers but .30 Luger; and the ergonomic Springfield XD. Double actions can also be used there— Maglio made Master in ESP with a Glock 9mm. Stock Service Revolver (SSR) is for .38 Special and larger revolvers with rimmed cartridges, the required IDPA power factor recently reduced to allow for standard over-thecounter .38 Special practice ammo. Craig Buckland won this year’s SSR National Championship with a Smith & Wesson Model 19 .357 Combat Deputy Maglio mastered his former duty gun, the Beretta 92F. Magnum, paying homage to the great Border Patrol revolver master Bill Jordan, who inspired it. Enhanced Service Revolver (ESR) is the newest category, introduced in 2005 to create a home for moon-clip revolvers such as S&W’s Model 625 .45 ACP. These big N-frames seem to channel the spirit (and the feel) of the .44 Specials preferred by such American handgun legends as Elmer Keith and “Skeeter” Skelton. The Joy Of Multiple Guns Switching between multiple platforms seems to reinforce the general basics of good handgun shooting. Since we’ve been on the Arrows show brass in the air as Maglio shoots an off-duty qualification with his Glock WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • AUGUST 2011