This is a rather odd post, but I just have to observe with all the input. . .it is truly astounding, I think for us older types especially, the astounding variety of products available in almost any field of endeavor these days.
I agree, there is such a thing as too many choices. If one were to chart the number of handgun models available as a function of time since, say, 1970, I bet it would be a pretty steep curve starting about 1990. Hard to say if the extreme proliferation in choices is, on balance, a good thing or not; it certainly increases cost of manufacture and complexity of operation for the user.
true. one dealer near here has a used gun display in glass window cabinets that make the place look like a museum. all calibers, all styles and brands.
certainly has helped the self defense ammo though. more good choices that perform better than anything 10 years ago.
in addition, more long guns than you have time to look at.
Along with proliferation, the trends have certainly changed as well. When I went looking for 9mm parabellum ammo for the first time around 1965, the gun dealers would have to dig back and find one or two dusty old boxes. In those days everyone was shooting revolvers and .38 Special was the cartridge of choice.
Same with the gun counters. . .tons and tons of revolvers and just a few autos. Now it's exaclty the opposite.
While variety has increased, the old standbys have withstood the test of time. That is why I like the HP and the 1911. You know what they will do. The newer guns, well it will take time. I also do not like some of the new "junk" that is being "forced" on gun makers. Do I really need a lock inside the gun? Or is that just something that can go wrong at the wrong time?
Sounds like a slight variation on what happened to the private aircraft sector: So many stupid lawsuits ( e.g. a Bonanza crashes 35 years after manufacture and someone successfully sues Beechcraft ! ) that private planes simply were not manufactured for about 20 years.
If they put too many idiotic gadgets on new firearms, the price of used guns will go up and folks simply won't buy the new ones ( which might be precisely what the legislators have in mind ! ).
My local camera shop has a great cartoon under the counter glass:
Customer: "Do you have any of those idiot-proof cameras?"
Owner: "Sure. . .right here"
The customer leaves and the owner thinks out loud:
"I wonder how long I can stay in business selling cameras to idiots?"