Choosing the Right Gun

My good ol' Pap always said:  "You get what you pay for."  Well that is certainly true with all things, including deciding which handgun is right for you and your needs.  That being said, here is the "down and dirty" process for deciding what you should choose.

Step 1:  Determine your price range.  Remembering what Pap said, "economy" guns, will not serve you well.  Spend as much as you are comfortable spending, remembering to allow for accessories, practice ammo, and self-defense ammo.

Step 2:  Do your own research.  Too many times I have heard that "the salesman said it was a good gun".  Well of course he did... he wanted to SELL it to you.  Try going to some ranges and shooting different guns to see what you like, or get with some friends and try theirs, like the great guys at Patriot!  Don't be fooled that you need to have a .45 to do the job; conversely, don't think that a .38 special is not a good defensive caliber.  Shot placement is the key.

Step 3:  Consider your mission.  Think about what your plans are for the gun; are you going to carry for self defense?  Are you going to keep it at home for defense there?  Remember, that if a gun is too big and bulky, you probably won't carry it.  If it's too small, it's going to be difficult to operate.  As a general rule, "medium" sized guns are the best, because they fill up the palm of the hand enough, and allow you to get all of your fingers on the grip to operate easily, and are still weighty enough to absorb recoil. 

Step 4:  Apply the KISS method:  "Keep It Simple, Stupid."  Under stress, such as a situation where you may need to shoot to save your child's life, the LAST thing you want to have to think about is which button on the gun does what.  The simpler the operating system, the better.  This includes the sights.  Laser sights have their place, but are still at the mercy of your trigger manipulation.  A laser sight with poor trigger movement will result in a misplaced shot.  Chose a crisp, traditional three-post sight system.  Night sights are always recommended.

Step 5:  Train Up:  Call us, and let's get to the range.  We're looking forward to meeting and training with you!

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