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The Truth About Gun Buying Advice

Posted on: December 8th, 2012

A friend and I were discussing handguns today and we got on the topic of his nephew who’d bought a .357 Magnum revolver (the only handgun he owns) but can’t shoot it worth a damn. It made me think about the husband of one of my employees who’s a retired firefighter, stands about 6′ 4″ has a WWE wrestler’s build and whose only gun is a compact .380. Which he never shoots. In both cases they were out with the guys and got a recommendation from someone as to what gun they should buy. In both cases that recommendation was wrong . . .

We’re assaulted by recommendations from all manner of “experts” who are only too happy to tell anyone who will listen about their idea of the perfect gun. The problem is those who are less knowledgeable often follow this advice without really understanding the implications. Until it’s too late and they’ve plunked down their hard-earned cash for a gun they hate.

I’ve been down that road myself. I’ve probably purchased something north of a couple of dozen handguns over the last few years in search of the “right” gun for me. I still own about half of them, but the ones that ended up sold provided some valuable lessons (as well as hits to the pocketbook) as to what I like and — just as important — what I don’t.

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  • 2War Abn Vet

    The very best gun for you is the one with which you can consistently put rounds on target.

    • medivac

      AMEN !! Now that’s REAL gun control !!

  • Bisley

    The neophyte, intending to get a gun, first needs to learn gun safety and how to shoot accurately, either from a NRA certified instructor, or better yet from a knowledgeable friend with a bunch of guns. After getting down the basics, it’s necessary to try a variety of configurations and calibers to find something you’re comfortable with and can shoot well.

    This only begins the quest for the “right” gun; the right thing in one circumstance can be impractical in another. My personal favorite, for instance, is a single action .45 revolver, but for concealed carry (unless you’re in a climate where a heavy coat is constantly required) something considerably smaller is necessary, in order to keep it hidden. The search for the right gun, over a period of years, can cause one to amass quite a collection, as well as learn a great deal about firearms and become a potential mentor to the newbies of the future.

  • Jay

    If you can’t shoot, get a high-cap gun so you can miss faster.

  • Patriot-Research

    People have different size hands, different strength levels, different needs in a hand gun. People need to take these things into account and more based on their needs, and if you can’t hit the target then the gun is useless!


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