Sooner or later, people will decide to purchase a firearm for personal and home security. It may come to you after retirement when you realize that you are not as nimble as you once were. It might be after you have a child and realize that you are responsible for his or her safety. Maybe it’s after your job moves you to a demanding location. If you’re a first time gun buyer, you need to know the basics and have a plan. A firearm comes with many constraints.
Selecting Your First Gun
Personal firearms vary from small pocket pistols and handguns to shotguns, rifles, and even cannons. When selecting your first gun, it would be wise to determine when and how you would use the firearm to help narrow down your field of options and keep common sense in mind. Do you want to keep the gun at home in a safe or use it as a personal weapon?
Guns for Property Protection
For home security, a shotgun may be the most acceptable choice. Choices include semi-automatic, pump style, or even single shot, all with both long and shorter-barreled options for the guns. They also come in different sizes of ammunition. You could also get a pistol-style shotgun in .410 caliber. For first-time gun buyers, a small rifle or pistol is a wonderful alternative. It’s important to keep your defensive weapon in the home so it doesn’t fall into the hands of potential thieves and small children. A gun safe is the best option for securing your shotgun. Prefer a gun safe that is fire rated and, if possible, includes anti-drill protection and pry prevention.
Guns for Personal Carry
When carrying your firearm, you have to consider concealing it properly. In general, open carry is much less common than concealed carry, so it’s important to know your options in your state. Depending on how you carry your gun, along with how you dress in addition to your physical measurements, certain aspects can help determine which type of firearm for you. A firearm that you will carry as a self-defense weapon is going to be a pistol or handgun.
The Right Gun and Ammo
A revolver offers ease and reliability with a tradeoff in the number of rounds carried. A semi-automatic offers more rounds in the gun but includes more work items and a greater chance of a mistake (a jam) that requires more wisdom and skill. Most people will never need a handgun for protection. If they do, a revolver with five or four rounds is probably sufficient. However, given the choice and the ability to have 30 rounds immediately extended in a firefight instead of six, many people would choose the higher total.
Caliber is another question that would need to be answered. In general, I suggest that the best size might be the highest quality you can buy to be the type of gun you need, the recoil you know, plus the actual strength of that space inside the gun.…