See you have a diff take on the scenario. I was thinking more like a CA carry permit where the Type of gun is on the permit. So you do not have to have the same exact gun for life it is replaceable.Never mentioned anything about only one gun, just one for CC. Its been a long while, but NYC used to limit the gun(s) on your permit, and the gun itself was listed.
Again this was just an exercise for people to look at what they carry, and if it could or would be a "lifetime choice".
You caught the wording, and yes that was specific for the question.
And no limits were placed on open carry, or possession, just getting people to think.
For years I carried a 1911, everywhere. Except when it was too big or would stand out. Then it was a G23, unless it was too big or would stand out.
That's when I really started looking at the guns that I can carry 24/7/265, and augment with larger when I can. But the CC piece would have to work all of the time.
Why the "lifetime" limitation? Simple, because after 30+ years of carrying a 1911 or a Glock, certain handling techniques are just locked in and I don't want to have to be retraining at the age of 65 or 70 on something new.
I actually considered a Colt Agent .38 with a set of Spegel boot grips and a hammer shroud, but the semi-recent shoulder problem which left me one handed made reloading a wheelgun, especially a small one nigh on impossible.
I considered the G43 as the "easy button" answer but my experience with the Gen2 guns and sending cracked frames back to Glock, still puts me off of them as a long-term option.
Again this was to get people thinking.
if i wanted a gun to last my lifetime i wouldbe more leaning to a glock 19, sig p229 , or maybe a baretta 92