Choosing the Best Firearm Can Be A Daunting Chore
Are you like millions of other
folks who are considering the purchase of a firearm? Maybe you already own a
gun, but you’re thinking about adding another one. Or switching to a different
style or caliber.
If you are a gun expert or someone with lots of experience, you may not learn much here. This site is for people who are planning to buy a gun, but don't have a lot of experience with guns. We are all leery of salespeople in stores at times. Are they telling us what is best for us... or for their sales commission? They may be giving us the best information, at least as far as they know, but how do we know if we are making the best buying decision?
If more information would be helpful to you, then this site will be worth your time.
Whatever the reason for the purchase, buying a
gun is a serious decision and deserves careful consideration. As a former
cop, I get asked about weapons all the time. Which gun should I buy? Should I get a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol or a .357 revolver? Is a shotgun good for home defense?
I really don’t mind the questions, because I
like firearms of all types, and I certainly don’t mind helping my friends make
informed decisions. But since I don't have the opportunity to talk to everyone, I thought this web site might be helpful to a lot more people.
Often my answers aren't really answers - just a new series of questions. Questions that need to be asked and
truthfully answered before any meaningful advice can be given. Some questions
may require some real soul searching. Others aren't that deep, but are still
- Why do you want a gun? For hunting? Target
shooting? Self-defense? Home defense? Do you plan to concealed carry the firearm?
- Do you have any experience with weapons,
particularly the type you “think” you want?
- If this is your first firearm, are you willing
to learn how to use it?
- What caliber do you want? Is that the best caliber for you and for what you want to use the gun for?
- Should you get a revolver or a semi-automatic pistol?
- Are you willing to practice and to maintain
- Do you want a double action or a single action? Do you know the difference and what difference it makes? How about an external safety?
- How much money can you afford to spend?
- Will you want to accessorize your gun with a laser or a flashlight?
- What type of sights would be best for you?
- Are you willing to use the gun in defense of
your life or the life of another?
- Can you keep the gun safely? Where and how will you store it?
- Will you take the time and effort to clean and
maintain your gun?
- Do you really have any business with a firearm
at all? Sometimes the answer is no.
The list of questions goes on, but you get the idea. Each answer may
result in a new question. But take the time to go through the process. Learn all
you can before you make a decision and before you spend your money. There are
lots of options. Lots of manufacturers. Lots of accessories. But those
decisions are better made toward the end of the process. The initial phase of
the decision making process will help you determine whether you need a long gun
or a handgun. A shotgun or a rifle? A pistol or a revolver? What caliber will
serve your needs best?
As you can see, there are a lot
of things to consider before you actually make a purchase. If you are a seasoned shooter and gun owner, share your knowledge
and experience here on the site. “Pay It Forward” as the saying goes.
The objective here is to guide
you through the decision making process. To help you make an informed choice
after considering all the relevant information.
Gun ownership is an American
right. Just as surely as our right of free speech and our right to worship as
we see fit. So let’s not take that right for granted. Rather, let’s exercise
that right carefully, safely and responsibly.
Now back to that first question I
asked. Why do you want a gun? Generally speaking, there is one of three reasons
people consider buying a firearm…
defense / personal protection / home defense
practice / shooting for fun or competition
There is frequently some degree
of overlap between these, but each reason leads to a different set of
considerations before choosing a gun. Start with your primary reason for a specific firearm and we’ll get
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- Do you really know the reasons for choosing a revolver or a pistol? The reasons are important.
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- If you use these mental practice techniques, your chances of a favorable outcome in a shooting situation may be much higher.
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- shoot to stop,not to kill or to wound.
- Good Shot Placement Is Important, But Is It Likely?
- what's more important; good shot placement or more firepower?
- Knock Down Power. Fact or Fiction?
- Is "knock down power" a legitimate concept? Maybe. It depends on how you define it.
- Gun Safety Means More Than Just Keeping It Locked Up
- Know the basic rules for gun safety. Practice safety just like you practice shooting.
- The Firearm Background Check - What Does It Mean?
- What is required to pass a firearm background check? What is the process?
- Background Check Denial for a Firearm? What Can You Do?
- What if you get a firearm background check denial? What are the eligibility requirements?
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- about me
- About me and why I'm qualified to teach you about choosing a firearm.