Wednesday, September 28, 2005

What Kind of Gun Should I Buy?

There are two requisites for purchasing a handgun as I see it. One is are you willing to learn how to use it? The second is if presented with the dilemma of having to use it to kill another human being to protect yourself, are you willing to do it?

Assuming that you’ve answer yes to both questions, then realistically any quality modern pistol of suitable caliber, at least .38spl / 9mm is fine. Now we come to the question of self-defense training.

All training is broken down into two phases, skill building training and skill maintenance training. When you first learn to shoot a handgun, approach it with the attitude that you must first build or attain certain skills. The skills of loading, unloading, reloading and the clearing of any / all stoppages or malfunctions should be learned before progressing to any survival or self-defense training. Once you’ve learned to “handle” your weapon, then you can begin to learn “how to use it.” Once both of these skills are under your belt, the only thing to do then is to “maintain” these skills, and believe me they are perishable.

So the answer to the question, “What kind of gun should I buy?” is easy. Any gun is fine as long as you learn how to use it and are prepared to do so!

Obviously there are factors to consider such as size and weight preference and where the pistol will be located such as in the home, automobile or carried on your person. As far as I’m concerned, these are the easy ones to answer, it’s the first two questions that are most often overlooked.

For more information, view my website: Defensive Training Group

Semper Fidelis.
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