Gunner Universities 5 C’s for choosing a gun.
What Gun is Right for Me?
This question has plagued new gun users for ages, and it does not breed a direct answer. Instead, it breeds more questions, like, “What are you planning to use the gun for?” You may want it strictly for self-defense, or home defense, or you may want it for target shooting and hunting, or….You see my point. That first question leads to countless others. Let us help you find the best gun for you using these guidelines.
Do you have children? How are you going to secure the gun? Securing your firearm and training your children are the most important issues to consider when purchasing a firearm. If you do not have a place to securely store a rifle because of its size, then maybe a handgun is best for you. Consider getting a gun safe with a secure code that you will know for emergencies, but that children will not have access to.
Another consideration is, are you going to teach your children how to use this gun (we hope so). Is your child going to be able to handle the gun you’re going to buy? If not, that is okay, but if you going to teach your child to shoot, then consider your gun purchase accordingly.
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This age-old debate has been labeled "stopping power." When it comes to guns in general, and to concealed-carry especially, this debate is raging and will continue to rage white hot for the foreseeable future. Instead of talking about bullets and ballistic gel wound cavities, let’s talk about recoil. Recoil is the result of Newton's third law of motion: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. The amount of energy released when you pull the trigger and the gun powder does what gun powder does, causes your gun to snap back as the bullet exits the muzzle. This is what new shooters are most afraid of and what makes them so unsure about firing their gun. That should, by common sense, make this a top priority when purchasing a gun of any type, for any purpose. What is the recoil on this gun and bullet caliber, and can I handle it (or do I want to even deal with it)?
We know that recoil is the direct result of the amount of energy expelled by the ammunition round; thank you Sir Isaac Newton. Thus, the larger the round, the more energy expelled. So, a .45-caliber round has much more energy, and thus much more recoil, than a .22-caliber round. So, we need to choose a caliber with a recoil that we can be comfortable with.
If you’re getting if for concealed carry, the question of concealability is then introduced into the mix. You need to buy a gun that is easily and comfortably concealed. A gun that is too large to conceal comfortably will more than likely get left at home and will do nothing for your personal protection.
Women have the ability to buy a larger-frame handgun (not necessarily large frame, but larger) and keep it in a concealed-carry purse. Men, however, have a harder time concealing larger-frame guns, so they have to buy one of the many small-frame guns to conceal it properly. There are many choices of holsters that aid in this. But it really comes down to a personal preference of how and where on your body you are going to conceal.
Cost of the Gun and Ammunition
First is what your budget for a gun? You can get a reliable shotgun, like the Mossberg Maverick 88 for under $300.00. You can buy a good concealed carry gun for just under or around $300.00 as well. However, don’t buy to cheap, remember your life could depend on this purchase. If you buy a gun, but you cannot afford the practice ammunition for it, then you will not practice. You need to practice to get confident with your gun. You need to look at the cost of practice ammo and add that to the mix of questions that you have already asked yourself.
So figure out your budget and buy what you can afford. It may not be the “best” gun on the market, but I would rather you have a good reliable gun, than the alternative of having nothing or something that you can’t afford to shoot.
So back to the original question, "Which gun is right for me?” First and foremost, the one that is right for you is the one that you can handle confidently and shoot accurately. Sending lead down range accurately is ultimately more important than "stopping power." You can shoot a bazooka, but if you miss the target, what's the point? Confidence helps breed accuracy and vice versa. Get a gun that fits your desired use, fits your ability to handle the recoil and that you can afford to practice often with. If you combine these guidelines you should be able to get a gun that is right for you.
NRA Certified Instructor & RSO