Middle Age Russ wrote:Remember that 2 is 1 and 1 is none, so each of these should be duplicated to ensure you have what you need when you need it.
I would argue that a well built and well designed firearm should, like any other well built and well designed machine, have a few well defined points for failure that are relatively cheap and easy to replace. While I strongly agree with having spares for those parts (e.g. springs, ejectors, barrels), I am forced to wonder if the money spent on a duplicate FIREARM in the name of redundancy might not be better spent on a single, better quality firearm.
I use a Walther Q5 Match for my IDPA competition pistol, and I have a second gun of the exact same model, equally broken in, cleaned and ready to go in my range bag. That is just in case a failure happens in the middle of a match and I don't have time to repair it on the spot. Similarly, I try to never be reliant on just one gun for SD scenarios. That's why I have a gun that stays in my car, and at home, I have my nightstand gun sharing a bedside safe at night along with my EDC. When carrying, I also really like to have a BUG just in case.
All of these guns are what anyone would objectively call "high quality", and are kept very well maintained. But I still want to be prepared for the likelihood that one fails. I guess it's my Boy Scout training.