One silly human trait I’m prone to is tribalism. Thankfully I could give a shit about sports so I just root against the various local teams only because I hate hearing people babble about them. I did get upset when Barack Obama was elected, even tho the guy he was running against was John McCain. I did cheer when George W. Bush won re-election over John Forbes Kerry. I don’t like any of these people, but somehow I feel the need to be involved. Overall I attempt to stand up for what I believe in a non-partisan fashion, but there is that hint of tribalism in me.
I drive a Ford, its my second Ford, and my family also happens to drive Fords. We do this only because we’ve had damn good luck with Fords in both price and reliability. That’s logical. I HATE Chevies and GMs. That’s tribalism. Well Until the government bought General Motors. Ha Ha, my childish tribalism was RIGHT!!! (In a point against me, I also feel Toyota and Hondas are overpriced for what they are, and I was deeply amused by the Fraud-Laced Toyota “Sticky Gas Pedal” nonsense)
Now I love 1911s. If you enjoy this blog, you are enjoying because of a Colt M1911A1, as that was the gun that got me interested in guns. Because of my attraction to this platform I’ve shot more rounds through 1911 patterns than any other gun. Because of that a 1911 is my nightstand gun, as well as my daily carry gun. Like some cosmic force, my love for 1911s also seemed to channel a hatred of Glocks. They were everything the 1911 was not. They were wide while the 1911 was thin, they were compact, while the 1911 is large, they didn’t have manual safeties, while the 1911 has TWO! and they’re made of PLASTIC.
Stupid tribalism. I actually now really like polymer framed guns…tho I don’t yet own one, mostly because of Massachusetts stupid gun laws. I also prefer guns with no manual safeties (ironic since I carry and use 1911s) I also discovered Glocks aren’t particularly bad guns. I still don’t like them. Goofy Grip angle, unsupported chamber, mushy trigger, 2×4 ergonomics, and just generally ugly guns.
Now I really dig on S&W M&Ps, and the Kahr Polymer guns, because they seem like what would happen if somebody took the best of the M1911, and the Glock and combined them.
I will say my tribalism really kicked into high-gear when I read this. Seem the 4th Gen Glocks have some issues (been reading about them extensively since the Gen fours hit the racks). So I can still stand behind gen 1-3, but the fours seem to suck.
The M&P is still the gun I generally recommend to people looking for a rock-solid, affordable, and versatile gun. There are logical reasons for this.