Let me stress heavily I’m no self-defense expert, I’m no guru on home defense handguns and my total law enforcement career consists of being deputized in 1982 for all of 8 hours. Never, not once, have I had to resort to any firearm in a crisis situation. That said, to some family friends and even distant relatives I’m the only “gun-guy” they know. So it’s not easy to fend them off when in this current political climate I’m asked what sort of guns they should buy for home defense. That puts me on the hot seat because I don’t think novices to firearms should buy any gun unless they include some sort of training as part of the picture — and I stress that to them.
Even so I know some of the males think, “Yeah, yeah, just give me some info, I’ll figure out the rest for myself.” The Daniel Boone Syndrome is not dead. And, I know they will never go to the effort to get training or perhaps not even visit a range to gain experience further than taking their new gun to see if it actually goes off.
My stock answer to someone wanting to buy their first home-defense handgun is, “What’s wrong with a .38 Special?” Some people, mostly those with just a grain of knowledge, have acted downright offended and say. “Why, that’s not state of the art!” Here’s where it gets hard because they have to be told, “You’re not state of the art either.”