With all the political hubbub out there about firearms, I know that there are MANY people who do not own a firearm, but are now seriously considering getting one. And to those people, I strongly urge you to do so. Our 2nd amendment rights are under attack. So now is the time to exercise your rights.

Being able to defend yourself and your family is ultimately your responsibility. Hence having the means and ability to do so is paramount.

But before you rush out there and buy the first new shiny gun you see, you should consider these tips. They will help make your buying experience easier and more rewarding.

– Ask yourself if you could pull the trigger
My first firearms instructor once told me, “Do NOT point your gun at anything you are not ready to destroy.” He was absolutely right.

For those of you who are considering purchasing your first firearm for self-defense, you need to do something. The first thing you need to do, before rushing to a gun store or even looking online, is to stop and think for a bit.

Could you pull the trigger if you had to? Could you possibly take another human life?

If you have some doubts now about whether you could potentially kill another human being should you be in a life threatening event, those doubts will most likely be compounded and magnified in a high stress incident. Many times people react to highly stressful situations much differently than how they anticipate they would. Some people may “freeze up”, hide, or run. The whole “fight or flight” thing kicks in.

Unfortunately for many people, they don’t know how they will react until the event is happening. But like I said, doubts now are a good indicator of what you might do in those events.

“Even if I can’t bring myself to pull the trigger, I could get a gun and just hold it. The threat of a gun will scare them off!” you say.

BAD idea! While the mere sight of a gun is often time enough to send a criminal fleeing, there are times where the sight of a gun could escalate the situation. The bad guy may try to take it from you, or worse, he may pull out his gun. And in that case, chances are strong that he WILL pull the trigger resulting in a very bad day for you.

I’m assuming that since you are still reading, you have thought it out and decided that if you and or your friends/family were in danger, you could defend yourself with deadly force. Training and range time will significantly help to build your confidence. So if you have some concerns about this, I HIGHLY recommend regular training with your firearm.

– Determine the purpose of your firearm
Firearms are tools. There are different types of guns for different types of jobs. So decide what your gun will be used for. Do you want a pistol that you can conceal for self-defense? Were you thinking shotgun? Rifle? There are pros and cons to each type of firearm, so YOU have to determine what is best for you.

Pistols are obviously much easier to conceal. Rifles are better for shooting at a distance. Shotguns are the most versatile. Determine what you need, and what will work for you based upon your situation.

For self-defense and EDC carry,Maybe a pistol or revolver. They are easy to conceal. A lot of folks like shotguns for home defense. And if you are a beginning hunter, a rifle is probably the way you want to go. But again, you need to decide which you prefer and which will help you the most in your situation.

– Decide which firearm is right for you
When it comes to firearms or calibers, what is most important is what YOU feel comfortable with. A 44 magnum (think Dirty Harry Callahan) won’t do you much good if the gun is unwieldy, the recoil is too much for you, or you simply do not feel comfortable with it.

So before you buy anything, I’d encourage you to shoot some different firearms and different calibers. See what feels right for you. If you can’t find a gun range that will allow you to test fire or rent, see if you have friends or co-workers who shoot, and tag along with them.

And if all else fails, I would find multiple online videos and watch them. Get a general consensus of the firearm. In fact, I would encourage you to do this IN ADDITION to test firing. You might see a few firearms that you want to try out.

How much is your life worth?
To me, when it comes to firearms, quality matters. My life may someday depend on it! So ask yourself, how cheap am I willing to go on a tool that could someday save my life? You should budget yourself for a decent, quality firearm.

You have the benefit of the internet and YouTube. Do some research. Try out different manufacturers before purchasing one. Shoot a Glock, a Smith& Wesson, a Springfield, etc and decide which one works for you.

Remember, this is an investment that could save your life someday.

– Skill with a firearm can go rusty
Ok, you made a purchase that you are happy with and managed to put some rounds down range without shooting your eye out. However, that does not mean you are good to go. You need to build your skill level up. You do this by spending time at the range practicing.

If you have children, teach them firearm safety! Also keep them safe by putting each weapon in a Titan Pistol or Compact Vault!!

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