– Schadenfreude (n) “To delight in another person’s misfortune”
Of course, before we came up with a fancy German name for it, we called it “Being a sore winner” or “Gloating” and it was shameful behaviour. Now we call it something else, and it’s ok.
I’m not in the habit of trashing one firearm and raising up one gun above all others. Yes, I like my CZ’s but I like them because they work for me for what I want them to do and I fully realize they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. I had no dog in the great “1911’s suck” debate because I don’t care if they do suck or not: I like ’em and I’ll buy one soon, but I I tend to shy away from Glocks, not because of any anti-fanboy backlash but because they don’t point well for me and don’t fit my hand well. I will eventually overcome that with enough practice, but for now, a CZ75 for competition and a CZ P07 for defence works just fine for me.
My 20-year-old CZ75 is a bit of a problem child, I’ll admit. If it gets too dirty, it’ll burp and choke and spit up like a baby eating salsa. I realize this, though, and I don’t push that gun beyond its limits: I use it for competition only, and clean it after each match.
My P07, on the other hand, has had 500+ rounds through it with nary a hiccup, and while I’m not going to torture it like Todd G does his guns, I have full confidence in my P07 as a defensive carry piece.
The bottom line is that “perfection” is an absolute, as is “clunker“, and in this world, there no absolutes (well, aside from “The Cubs will absolutely never win another World Series and light beer absolutely sucks.” I digress. Again.): Knowing what your gun is and is not capable of is far more important than saying “X Gun is the über-gun above all others and Y-Gun is a disaster waiting to happen”. Every gun has its merits, every gun has its flaws: What you do with a handgun is more important than the handgun you do it with.