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Last month an article by this name was published by Pastor Jeff Sanders, the Pastor of Grace Family Fellowship in Canton, Ohio, and a fellow firearms trainer. I don’t know Jeff other than what he writes for PJ Media, and some of his questions are pretty good, like this one:
Are you ready for the responsibility of owning a firearm?
But the #1 and most important question for anyone before they get a gun should be: Have you had any training?
You won’t understand if you are ready for the responsibility of owning a firearm, or what kind of firearm is best for your needs without it.
Get competent training before you buy a gun. 90% of the people that come to my classes with a new gun leave wishing they had bought something else. They could have easily saved more than the training time cost.
His suggestion about where to find good advice about what to buy; “ask your local gun store”, is the last place I would suggest you go. (unless of course, the dealer is willing to tell the person to go to a defensive firearms instructor for help first)
Uneducated, and untrained people should not be asked: “do you want to carry a revolver or a semi-automatic pistol?” – they should be trained and educated by a competent instructor that can help them figure that out – so they can pick the best gun for their specific needs and abilities.
The most frequently asked question I get asked is “what do you think is the best gun for personal defense?” If you ask 10 different gun owners this same question, you will probably get 10 different answers. However, if you ask 10 people who are experienced personal defense firearms instructors, their answers should be very similar.
Everyone is limited by his or her own experiences, myself included. Often times we don’t know what we don’t know. I’m far from being omniscient, but I have taught defensive firearms skills for more than 15 years, and before that, I had trained with cops on the range regularly for 15 more. I have also drawn from the wealth of knowledge and experience of many instructors at high volume shooting schools, so my experience isn’t limited to just the guns I’ve shot and carried. I’ve seen just about every possible variation of gun and holster combinations come through a class. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t.
(If you ask a gun salesperson, you will probably find out what they are making the most profit on — I do not sell guns, though I can direct you to a few good places to buy one, as long as you go into it knowing what you want.) Continue reading Best Guns→