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Gun and Gear selection for Home defense and Concealed carry.

Eric Loden

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Often times people will ask our Staff the question "What is the best firearm for me?"

In order to answer these questions we always have to ask more questions of the student to find out "who" they are as a firearms owner or potential owner.

These are some of the questions we ask and why. If you can ask yourself these questions and give yourself honest answers then it will greatly assist you in discovering what the best firearm for you really is.

  • Question 1: Why do you want a firearm?
  • Question 2: Why do you need a firearm?
  • Question 3: How do you intend to use your firearm?
  • Question 4: What is your level of experience with that type of firearm?
  • Question 5: How do you intend to train with your firearm?
  • Question 6: Is this firearm reliable? 
  • Question 7: What can you afford?

Now around Question #2 this line of questioning can split into several tangents and each has to be discussed in turn.

You can want a firearm for a variety of reasons (self defense, home defense, recreation, hunting, sport, collector, etc...)

We want to focus on why you feel you need a firearm. A need far outweighs a want and justifies making some harder decisions when it comes to the final purchase.

If you feel you need a firearm due to a real credible threat that may exist, then we will suggest a handgun over a rifle or a shotgun, this is not because it is powerful but instead because it it portable and therefore more convenient to carry and thereby readily accessible. (It is better to have and not need, than to need and not have.)

If you only want a firearm for self defense and do not plan on carrying outside of the home, then we may suggest a shotgun as they are sometimes a readily available, cheaper, and more effective option, however they are ammunition dependent. Rifles are also more effective than a handgun by offering a greater chance of stopping the threat with fewer shots fired, and they do carry more ammunition than shotguns. With rifles and in home use comes other considerations however such as over penetration where rounds may continue through walls and injure others.

Experience weighs in, in weapons selection as to guide the user to really think about the next question on how they are going to intend to train with the weapon. If a shooter has little to no experience with one weapon system or type over another this will present a steeper learning curve and a longer time to become proficient with that weapon especially under the stress of life threatening encounter. (Whatever you choose to own, we encourage you to find the training appropriate for you needs.)

Training can increase the effectiveness of any weapon system, the ability to get accurate hits under stress requires more than just practice. It requires constant ongoing training. With a good education base you can continue to train on your own but you have to have a firm foundation to build upon. The other skills that one could need are the ability to reload quickly, and fix malfunctions that may occur.

If the weapon is going to be used by multiple parties both parties should be able to manipulate the weapon effectively.

In choosing the weapons functionality ergonomics come into play, the shooter should be able to manipulate all the components of the weapon efficiently. Being able run the action, lock the bolt or slide to the rear, eject and insert new magazines or ammunition in a timely manner.

We will encourage functionality, and proven reliability over the new trend of the week. Now with reliability, price may become an issue, we want you to be able to get a firearm you can afford, because after all "The first rule in a gun fight is have a gun."

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