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First Time Gun Buyer Guide 

At some point, many people decide to purchase a firearm for home and personal protection. It might happen when you turn 21. It might cross your mind long after retirement when you realize you’re not as spry as you once were. It may be once you have a child and understand that you’re responsible for the baby’s safety. Perhaps it will be after your job transfers you to a rough neighborhood.

No matter when you decide to become a first-time gun buyer, it’s important to know the fundamentals and have a plan in place. A firearm comes with many strings attached. Here are important tips and suggestions for first-time handgun buyers.

Choosing Your First Gun

Personal firearms can range from the smallest pocket pistols and handguns to shotguns, rifles, and even cannons. 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 plan to keep it in your home safe or use it as a weapon to carry on your person?

Guns for Home Defense

For home defense, a shotgun may be the best option. Choices include semi-automatic, pump style, or even single shot, all with both long and shorter-barreled options for the guns. You can mount lights or laser pointers (or both) on shotguns and they are reliable, effective, and fairly easy to use. They also come in several ammunition sizes. You can even get a pistol styled shotgun in the .410-gauge size. For first-time gun buyers, a small rifle or handgun would be a good alternative.

It’s important to properly store your home defense gun to keep it out of the hands of potential thieves and small children. A gun safe is the best option for securing your shotgun. Choose a gun safe that is fire rated and, if possible, includes anti-drill protection and pry-prevention.

Handguns for Personal Carry

When carrying your firearm, you have the option for open or concealed carry. Typically, open carry is not as common as concealed carry so it’s important to know the options you have in your state. Depending on how you want to carry your gun, along with the way you dress and even your physical size, certain factors may help determine what kind of firearm to get. Generally, a firearm that you will carry as a self-defense weapon is going to be a pistol or handgun.

Which Pistol and What Ammo? 

A revolver offers simple and reliable use with a trade-off for the number of rounds you can carry. A semi-auto provides more bullets in the gun but includes more working parts and a greater chance of having a malfunction (a jam) that would require additional knowledge and skill.

Most people will never need a firearm for self-protection. Chances are that if someone ever does, a five or six round revolver would be sufficient. However, if you have the option and ability to have 30 rounds immediately available in a gunfight as opposed to six, most people would choose the larger number.

Caliber is the next question that would need to be answered. I generally suggest the best size is the largest caliber you can get for the type of pistol you want, the recoil that you’re comfortable with, and the physical resistance of the weapon’s internal

Personal Firearm Fundamentals

Gun Training

No one is born with the knowledge and skills of a good marksman. Whether you use a bazooka or a midnight special, you must be successfully trained and educated in gun usage and safety. Chances are the local police department or the store where you purchase the firearm will be able to recommend a certified gun safety course. Most gun clubs and ranges offer several levels of gun safety courses.

Firearm Responsibility

Owning a firearm, especially for the purposes of self-defense, requires some serious responsibility. For first-time gun buyers and seasoned veterans, you need responsible training so that you can safely and effectively operate the firearm under any circumstances. You are responsible for the safe gun Vaults  and maintenance of the firearm.

You must also determine if you are emotionally responsible enough to use the firearm in a violent encounter with a criminal who is threatening your life or the life of someone you are protecting. While you may never really know the answer to that question until it happens, training and self-evaluation will arm you with the skills you need to stay safe.

 

 

-By Sirak Peralta

Say goodbye to electronic pistol safes:
Titan gun safe review
BY NICK COFFMAN 11.25.2017

I had an electronic pistol box for quick access to my primary home defense pistol for almost two years.
The day came when the batteries died and I went to grab the 9-volt battery to “jump-start” it. It was at
that point I discovered the pistol box was designed to revert to the default factory code when the battery
died. In the two-year span, I had forgotten the original code and reached out to the maker for
help. Fortunately, I was eventually able to get the code and regain access to the secured pistol.
Here is the problem – sure that safe worked (until that point) and was affordable at less than $100, but if
I had needed that pistol for an emergency in that span of time I would have been out of luck. This led me
to immediately seek out a mechanical locking pistol safe – no batteries and no keys. Keys can be lost or
duplicated and are cumbersome when trying to get quick access, and batteries have their own issues
that I outlined above.
TitanVault’s Titan Gun Safe offers everything I want in a safe – a patented mechanical locking function,
fast and safe access to any variety of handguns, and can be mounted virtually anywhere. To review, I’ll
focus on different mounting, pistol, and feature options.
The safe features two universal mounts – one specifically for a bed frame and the other for all other
uses. I also acquired Titan’s ammo box, which is an optional attachment for when the magazine needs to
be stored separately from the firearm. Construction is very well done, and all components feel sturdy
and secure. The fixed carry handle is low profile and out of the way yet comfortable when needed.
Instructions were very thorough for installation tips, mounting procedures, functions, code changes, and
troubleshooting. My only criticism would be that they were a little overwhelming. Particularly with the
process of changing the factory code. Still, even this jarhead got it right on the first try. With that out of
the way, everything else seemed easy.
The buttons and knob make it incredibly easy to access the pistol. There are more than 2000 different
combinations to choose from, and with only a few practice runs I am very comfortable opening it. I had
no trouble finding the buttons in the dark after some additional practice. There are no backlights or
anything, so be mindful that it is up to you to become proficient with it.
The holster is extended toward you upon opening the safe door by using a pivot arm, and it holds
virtually any revolver or pistol. I tested it with a Ruger American 9mm full size pistol and with a
compact Sig P320 RX with a mounted flashlight. Both weapons were held tight by the holster and fit
perfectly in the box. There is a trigger guard that can be removed from the holster to accommodate
larger pistols. By default, the holster includes Velcro straps but they can be removed. I would
recommend removing them unless you have the box in a vehicle where heavy off-road use may be a
concern.
Titan’s ammo box can be mounted in a few different locations, although I chose the side position for
myself. It does not lock independently. It relies on the main safe door to secure it. Although, once the
main door is open, the spring-loaded ammo box pops open and makes accessing the magazine very
convenient. The ammo box has foam inserts that can be modified to fit either 2 single stack magazines
or 1 double stack magazine up to 6” long.
For mounting, I tested with the safe secured to an office desk and mounted in a vehicle. If you plan to
keep in a vehicle, I’d recommend purchasing the optional cable lock from TitanVault. It will be simpler
than trying to drill into the floor of your vehicle for a permanent mount.
Cost for the Titan Gun Safe is around $359-$369 depending on whether you choose the compact or
original size. In my experience it is worth every penny. You can get electronic safes for much less but
they will fail you at some point. The Titan Gun Safe is California Department of Justice approved, and
that testing included a 250-pound door pull test, 120 stroke hacksaw test with a load of 10-pounds, lock
manipulation, drop, and impact testing. This safe is a tank and I trust it when needed