To Own or Not To Own a Firearm, That Is the Question

The pandemic saw an increase in weapons purchases, particularly gun sales. The urge to purchase a weapon during a national emergency is understandable, but it is necessary to question the logic or rationale behind the decision.  

For many people, the assumption is that a national crisis will increase violent crimes; therefore, owning a firearm will make it easier to protect your home and deter crime, right? The answer is not so cut and dry.  

People on both sides of the gun control debate often cite studies that imply either the successes of gun ownership or the perils. How can owning a gun makes you both safer and put you in more danger? To get to the bottom of the debate, it is necessary to examine the studies used to support each argument and take a commonsense approach to gun ownership.

Flawed Studies Populate Misconceptions

Owning a gun for home defense is not necessarily a bad thing, but if you purchase a firearm because you panic about violent break-ins or attacks, you might be worrying about nothing. Violent home invasions are exceedingly rare, with the number dropping drastically over the past 20 years.  

Even if you do experience a violent break-in, owning a firearm does not eliminate the risk of personal injury, and in most cases, it leads to a more violent interaction. According to an analysis of several national studies, researchers David Hemenway, the director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, and Sara Solnick, an economist at the University of Vermont, people who threaten an intruder or attacker with a gun were more likely to become victims of assaults resulting in injury than if they just ran away or called the police. 

Some readers might find it shocking that owning a firearm could actually encourage an attack because they have likely heard the statistic about guns used for self-defense 2.5 million times per year or the saying that “good guys with guns” save lives. Unfortunately, while popular, the statistic and phrase are based on a flawed ‘95 study by criminologists Marc Gertz and Gary Kleck.  

Kleck and Gertz extrapolated the 2.5 million number from a survey of 5,000 Americans. Most researchers argue the study was too ambiguous and that the authors gravely overestimated the number of times a firearm is used in home defense. Recent research suggests that guns are rarely used for self-defense, speculating the number to be around 100,000 times annually, only 4% of the original touted estimate. 

Safety With or Without a Firearm

Are you safer with or without a firearm? The answer is dependent on your knowledge of weapons safety and your skill with a gun.  

Without the proper training, a gun owner is more likely to injure themselves or a family member. When you factor in the number of people purchasing firearms because they are worried about a national crisis leading to increased violent crime, the risk of injury goes up. Paranoia and guns do not mix. 

However, if you are a responsible gun owner, there might be a benefit to having a gun in your home. Responsible ownership means you have adequate firearms training, understand safe handling, and have appropriate locks, safes, or other storage solutions.  

How do you feel about gun ownership? Does a firearm make you safer, or does it increase your risks? Comment below.


Are Knife Building Kits Worth It?

When you want to get into a new hobby, a kit is usually the way to go. Professional kits typically come with all the raw materials you need to complete a task, like beer making. However, when it comes to knife-making, there doesn’t seem to be a kit that genuinely teaches you the ropes of bladesmithing. 

Making a knife requires working with raw metals, cutting them, shaping them, and polishing and finishing them. It is followed by customizing a handle to hold the blade. Therefore, a legitimate knife-making kit should touch on topics like heat treatments: hardening and tempering.

The Problem With Commercial Knife Kits

The primary issue with commercial knife kits is that they are not knife-making kits; instead, they are handle-making or connecting kits. Most production kits come with a blade that is already finished and only requires a handle. While that might be enough for some hobbyists, it is not knife-making. 

When you factor in the cost of some of these so-called kits, you are forced to wonder if the experience is worth the price.  For instance, Man Crates Knife Making Kit is $149.99 and only requires the consumer to put the handle on the blade. Obviously, you are paying for the materials, but shouldn’t the experience count for something? 

Knife-making is a true craft and trade. It is challenging to create a kit that can adequately put together the entire process for consumer purchase, but at the same rate, isn’t it false to call a handle attachment kit a knife-making kit? These two tasks are not the same. 

It is important to note that most manufacturers creating and distributing knife kits create universally loved knives. The companies make quality products, but to compare the kits to a challenging trade is somewhat unbelievable.

How To Learn Real Knife Making

Instead of spending your hard-earned money on a kit that does not show you the ropes of a new skill, consider taking a class or purchasing instructional materials that actually walk you through the process of making a knife.  

If you want to learn how to make a knife, you need to learn how to select the steel. You need to know how to cut, shape, grind, and sharpen the blade. Then, learn how to heat treat the blade for durability before moving on to creating the handle and shaping it to a profile you prefer. 

Take a course in bladesmithing or blacksmithing. Many states and communities have workshops or classes. You can also look to local businesses or colleges to see if there are any programs, lectures, or mentorships. 

While you might not want to become a knife manufacturer, you deserve more than a knife-making kit. People interested in bladesmithing wish to learn how to make the blade, not attach a handle.  

There might be some kits worthwhile, and if you are only interested in mounting a blade to a handle, then a kit might be all you’re after. Still, if you want more, then look for professional instruction from a skilled craftsman. 

Have you ever used a knife-making kit? What was your experience, and was it worth it? Leave a comment.


Looking Into the Top 5 Pieces of Navy SEALs Gear

The Navy SEALs are the most elite American military force responsible for numerous covert missions and renowned for their stealth, skill, and field expertise. Being the elite or the elite, Navy SEALs have a cultish following, and survivalists are among the biggest diehard fans, especially when it comes to the gear.

Not everyone can afford such expensive tactical equipment, with much of the gear coming in over $5,000 to $10,000 — that doesn’t stop many admirers from salivating over the possibility of wearing or owning a piece of military equipment deemed essential to one of the most elite forces worldwide. While there are many items necessary to the SEALs, six things are the most interesting from a survivalist standpoint.

1. The Helmet

The melon protector is one of the most critical elements for a SEAL team member. The Ops Core Maritime helmet offers full-dome protection in a lightweight shell, which is crucial considering all of the items mounted to the helmet during a mission, including the Manta Strobe, M-AX Mount, Ops Core Counter Weight, Peltor Comtac III, and Wilcox L4. The Ops Core Maritime helmet comes in at a staggering $45,937.60.

2. The Goggles

Also mounted to a SEALs helmet are the night vision goggles. However, these are not the same as a pair of night vision specs you get at a Bass Pro Shop. No, these are the GPNVG quad-tube goggles. While most dual-tube setups allow the viewer to see 45°, the quad-tube provides a broader vision field of up to 100°. Don’t get too excited, though; if you want to own a pair of these puppies, it will set you back about $43,000.

3. The Armor

When it comes to body armor, two pieces of equipment are needed: the plate carrier and the armor. The plate carrier often changes because of the variety of missions SEALs participate in, but for an assaulter, the most popular option is likely the LBT 6094, coming in around $500. Don’t get too excited; the carrier doesn’t mean much without the plates.

The armor is a mystery. The U.S. military does not advertise the specific armor they use — go figure.  However, even the go-to standard — the Harris PRC 153 — comes in at around $6,800. The SEALs likely use something more expensive, which means you would probably be looking at about $10,000 at least for the exact setup.

4. The Pistol

Every operator differs in their pistol preference. Two of the most popular choices include the 1911 and the Glock 19 gen 5. Essentially, the pistol must be reliable, portable, and allow for multiple accessories. For standard operations, a SEAL might need a pistol light and a red dot scope. The most popular choices for these accessories include:

  • Surefire x300u pistol light
  • Trijicon RMR red dot sight.

5. The Rifle

When it comes to rifle selection, most operators will have individual preferences, but many prefer the Heckler and Koch 416 battle rifle. While a bit much, the weapon is rugged and reliable. The gun will typically carry several accessories, including:

  • SureFire Socom 556 RC Suppressor
  • PEQ 15 ATPIAL IR Laser
  • VTAC 2 Point Padded Sling
  • SureFire Scout Rifle Light
  • Eotech Hybrid Sight

When all is said and done, if you want to dress like a Navy SEAL, it will cost you upwards of $100,000. Thankfully, most survivalists are not traveling through war-torn countries with the fear of enemy fire, meaning you can probably knock at least $40,000 to $80,000 off the tab.

What’s a piece of SEAL equipment you wish you could own? Leave a comment.


Selecting Ammunition: Quality Over Caliber

Which ammunition is superior, the 9mm or the .45 ACP? What about the .380 or the .357 Magnum? Don’t forget about the .40. There is so much information and support behind various calibers, but does any of it truly matter? Is it really about the caliber of a round, or should it be more about the quality of the ammunition?

Stopping Power and the Great Myth of Ammunition

Unless your carry weapon of choice is a .45-70 Mare’s Leg, stopping power — as it relates to handguns — is a myth. Don’t go trading in your handguns for rifles. A handgun is a suitable and, in many respects, preferable self-defense weapon. Still, when looking at available defense calibers, there is more to consider than the number on the rim.

While caliber plays a role in inflicted damage, some things matter more — shot placement or marksmanship being among them. However, the most important thing to consider when purchasing ammunition is its quality.

Quality Is More Important Than Caliber

Traditionally, the assumption was the larger a round was, the more powerful the bullet. The thought played out with the popularity of the .45 ACP; it made a bigger hole than smaller bullets, leading to the belief of more sustained damage to either a paper or fleshy target. However, with further knowledge and testing, the firearm and ammunition industries realized that a smaller quality bullet, like a 9mm JHP, could perform better than larger varieties, even those with a 230-grain ball.

Unfortunately, assumptions skewed the market for a long time, making over-the-counter 9mm or .45 ACP largely unavailable, especially in comparison to the .38 Special or .357 Magnum. Fortunately, the recognition of quality over caliber has increased production volumes, and now smaller caliber rounds are growing in popularity significantly among home defense enthusiasts and even law enforcement.

Evolution of Ammunition and Community Understanding

Industry focus on ammunition quality and the development of more effective hollow point rounds has led to a consumer and professional market shift. More and more law enforcement agencies are trading in standby .40 S&W or .357 Sig ammo with more capable and lower caliber rounds.

Granted, good quality carry ammunition will not have the same punch through power as larger calibers, and it might seem underpowered for defense and law enforcement needs. However, the purpose of the ammunition is not to create a large entry wound; rather, it expands inside the target, creating a devastating wound channel. The goal is to create significant damage and incapacitate the threat, or at least deter further attack. A good quality defense round will also penetrate multiple layers, including clothing and flesh.

Does Ammo Matter?

The type of ammunition you purchase does matter; however, it is not so much about the caliber as it is the quality. Today, you can find several types of ammunition for defensive and carry purposes. For instance, you can walk into any gun store or online market and find adequate .380 loads or quality 9mm, .40, .45, and more. The primary focus should be on purchasing from a quality manufacturer.

What is your favorite caliber round for defense? Do you have any opinion about caliber and quality? Leave a comment below.

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Why the Right To Bear Arms Is Still Extremely Relevant

Quick! How many times within the last year have you heard that you don’t “need” to have guns? If you’re like many outspoken gun owners, you have probably lost count. People have various reasons for their favorite anti-gun arguments. Some say that no one needs guns because they can just call the police when they need help. Others insist that you can fight off a gun-wielding attacker with a knife, baseball bat, or another inferior weapon. Still others claim that if all guns are outlawed, no one will be at risk of gun violence anymore.

If you’re confused by all the pro- and anti-gun rhetoric, you’re not alone. Many people struggle to understand how necessary guns really are in today’s world. Could those calling for more gun control be right, or could they be horribly misguided? To help answer your questions, here are a few reasons why the right to bear arms is still extremely relevant today.

The Second Amendment Is Not Outdated

Our forefathers were very wise people. They willingly fought and risked their lives to escape a tyrannical government. The last thing they wanted to do was create a new government that had any chance of becoming like the one they ran away from. This was the primary reason they included the Second Amendment in the Constitution of the United States.

By giving the people the right to keep and bear arms, the founders protected citizens of the United States from forced government encroachments and takeovers. With how divided and caustic our country has become in recent years, it’s clear to see we still need that protection today.

Tyranny doesn’t have an expiration date, and there’s no reason we should think it’s limited to governments of yesteryear. In fact, there are several dictatorial governments in the world already (Cuba is just one example), so there’s no reason to think the heads of our government wouldn’t try it too if they could successfully disarm the citizens of our great nation.  

Crime Rates Are Rising Fast

Crime rates in major cities are rising at unprecedented rates. From April 2020 to April 2021 alone, homicide rates in major American cities increased 33%. Taking away the peoples’ right to protect themselves from criminals makes no sense in our current situation.

Some claim that if there are no more guns, you can’t be killed by one. But savvy criminals always find a way to get their hands on the things they want. As a wise man once said, “when guns are outlawed, only the outlaws will have guns.”

Guns Create Equality

Equality is a buzzword these days, right? A growing number of people want equal outcomes when it comes to professional pay, education, and living standards. But when it comes to defending oneself, there are some who suddenly abandon their equality ideals. It’s a strange phenomenon.

If you look at guns as the great equalizers, you’ll see that they are very necessary today. They help put people who might be physically disadvantaged (such as females, people with disabilities, and the elderly) on equal ground with their attackers. If you have a gun, you have hope of fighting off anyone who tries to harm you, no matter how much larger or physically stronger they may be than you. Sometimes, all you need to do is show a gun and the bad guy runs away (though it’s an unspoken rule that you should only pull a gun out if you are prepared to use it).

Guns aren’t the evil things they’re often portrayed to be. After all, they’re just inanimate objects. It’s the people who wield them who determine whether they are used for good or ill, to harm or to preserve.

What do you think about the recent talk on gun rights? Do you think guns should be more tightly controlled or that the Second Amendment should not be infringed upon? Let us know in the comments section!


A Brief Review of the Taurus G3c Pistol

Taurus is a gun manufacturer with a storied past. People either love them or hate them for their reputation. However, over the last several decades, you cannot deny the company’s ambition and improvement. The G3c is the latest pistol to come off production, and it is a decent addition to the affordable firearms market.


As a more affordable option to the Glock 26 and Glock 19, the Taurus G3c is a fair contribution to the handgun sector. It is a 12-round, slim gun that is perfect for concealing and easy to handle. The manufacturer also produces larger capacity magazines of 15 and 17 rounds for those interested. For those looking for a good glove box or home defense handgun, the Taurus G3c is a good fit.


The magwell is nothing special. It does not provide a beveled edge — at least not enough to support reload the weapon. Without adequate definition and due to its smaller size, a user can injure their hands when reloading. Essentially, people with bigger hands might get pinched between the base plate and the gun.


The overall ergonomics of the gun are good. The grip has a sandpaper-like texturing that makes a shooter confident in their hold. While not an overly large firearm, the G3c is a decent size for most people.

The trigger is unique. It is a double-action, single action, striker fire trigger. However, the weapon will most likely be used as a single action because it does not have an automatic or manual way to decock.


Unlike the G2c and the G3, Taurus decided to upgrade to metal sights on the G3c. The front sight is white-painted, and the rear sight is blacked out with horizontal serrations. All in all, the sights are quite an upgrade for Taurus and guns at this price point. In fact, the sights are better than most stock pistols, even at higher price points.


When reviewing the controls of the G3c, it becomes clear it was designed with right-handed shooters in mind. The safety is located on the left-hand side of the gun toward the rear, optimal positioning for a right-handed shooter. Also, the slide stop is located on the same side, making left-handed shooting nearly impossible without compromising your grip. 


Aesthetically, the Taurus G3c is nothing special. It is a budget gun, and most people do not expect much from that price point. While you can shine it up with some oil or rub and elbow grease, the G3c will always look like a budget gun. For what it is, there is absolutely nothing wrong with its appearance. It remains a practical and effective weapon for the right shooter.


If you want a soft shooter, don’t purchase this gun. The G3c, while small, packs a powerful punch, which is to be expected with its 9mm cartridge. Additionally, the weapon does feel a little heavy, with most of the weight focused on the slide. That said, the Taurus G3c is a capable firearm with strong recoil. However, most shooters can handle it as long as they have a proper grip.

The G3c is not for everyone, especially left-handed shooters, but it is a decent budget-friendly option. The sights, dual-action trigger, and ergonomic design make it a comfortable and capable weapon for home defense and conceal-carry.

What do you think of Taurus and the G3c model? Leave a comment below.

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4 Ways to Improve Your Situational Awareness

It happens all the time in movies. An unsuspecting victim is living blissfully unaware of his or her surroundings when a shady character sneaks up and attacks him or her from behind. Or there are those maddening movie scenes that depict a brain-dead homeowner who hears a noise in the basement and goes down to investigate without so much as a baseball bat for protection. These movies show an embarrassing lack of situational awareness and basic preservation skills.

Though real life is nothing like the movies, there are still some parallels that can be drawn between the two. In real life (just as in the movies), you’re more likely to become a victim if you aren’t aware of what’s going on around you. Simply paying attention to your surroundings can make you a much less desirable target for a criminal.  

Increasing your situational awareness can increase your likelihood of escaping dangerous situations. Here are five ways to improve your situational awareness so you don’t become an unsuspecting victim.

1. Be Aware of What a “Normal” Situation Looks Like

If you want to improve your situational awareness, you first have to establish a “normal” environmental baseline. Determine what sounds, sights and behaviors you should expect in your current situation so you can immediately pinpoint anything that falls outside of “normal.”

For example, if you’re hiking in the woods, you can expect to hear few noises except for insects, birds, and the occasional passing hiker. If the woods are abnormally quiet, you should be on alert for predators (of the human or animal variety), or for dangerous weather.

If you’re driving on a busy street, you should expect the normal sights and sounds of traffic. If something seems “off” from the usual, keep an eye out for potential danger.

2. Assess Your Surroundings for Potential Threats

Situational awareness is not synonymous with paranoia. You shouldn’t be overly stressed when you’re living your daily life. However, you should be consistently checking your surroundings for potential threats. You can do this in a casual, low-stress way. Here are a few habits that can increase your situational awareness:

  • Pay attention to what’s going on around you (including sounds, sights, smells and the overall feeling in the air).
  • Make note of anyone or anything that seems out of place or suspicious. Watch the person or thing in question to assess whether or not you’re in a potentially dangerous situation.
  • Consider whether a suspicious individual could be carrying a weapon or could have access to a nearby item that could be used as a weapon (such as a chain, baseball bat or shovel).
  • Look for suitcases, bags or other similar items that are left in a crowded area without an owner nearby. This is a common way criminals hide explosives.

If you have an uneasy feeling about a specific individual or your environment, move on to the next step.

3. Look for an Escape Route

If you’re generally a calm person but you can’t shake an uneasy feeling, pay attention to your instincts. Look for different escape routes you can use to get out of the situation or place you’re currently in. Once you have identified a good escape route, use it to get away from a potentially dangerous environment.

4. Plan How You Will Respond

If you feel a little suspicious but don’t have an opportunity to get away from the situation, imagine different scenarios in your head and imagine how you will respond. If someone attempts to attack you or people near you, what will you do? If someone draws a weapon such as a gun, are there places nearby that will provide you with shelter (such as desks, pillars, cars, etc.)? A good plan can help you avoid freezing up and becoming a stationary target.

These are all important components of situational awareness. Do you have any other situational awareness suggestions? Let us know in the comments section!


7 of the Most Reliable Pistols on the Market

The focus of this list is on 9mm striker-fired pistols as these are some of the most reliable handguns, and the selection is based on approachability for beginners. So, without further ado, here are the top seven in no particular order.

1. Glock 17/19

Released in the 1980s, the Glock 17 and 19 were the original granddaddies of striker-fired pistols. The G17 provided a full-size handgun with a 17 round capacity, while the more compact G19 offered a capacity of 15 rounds, more suitable for concealment.

Aside from the customizability of the Glock pistol, with its plentiful supply of aftermarket parts, the firearm is known for its simple design and reliability. Since its inception, it has remained one of the most trusted handguns, and there is no sign of changing tides.

2. CZ P10C

As CZ’s first striker model, the company made quite a splash with the release of the P10C series in 2017. With its fiber-reinforced polymer frame and stainless steel side, there is no denying the sophistication of the build. However, don’t let its beauty fool you. The reliability of this weapon is second to none and comparable to the Glock 19.

The manufacturer designed the firearm as a direct competitor to the Glock. The specifications even allow the gun to fit into Glock holsters and support aftermarket parts.

3. SIG Sauer P320

It wasn’t that long ago the U.S. military switched from the Beretta M9 and 92FS in favor of the more polished SIG Sauer P320. The primary reason for the switch is twofold: reliability and versatility.

The most unique aspect of the firearm is the gun assembly, which can be removed and swapped with alternate frame sizes. The availability of size adjustments is unique to this pistol and provides convenience for owners.

4. Smith & Wesson M&P

The year 2005 saw the succession from Smith & Wesson’s 3rd generation hammer-fired guns to the updated M&P line of firearms. With an enhanced ergonomic design, superior trigger, and aggressive grip stippling, the M&P 2.0 series has become Glock’s primary competitor. With multiple sizes, the M&P series remains popular among handgun enthusiasts, especially beginners and those concerned with self-defense.

5. Heckler & Koch VP9

Released in 2014, the HK VP9 or SFP9 was designed as a direct competitor to Walther PPQ and Glock 19 models. While the size of the handgun closely resembles the G17, it only holds 15 rounds, like the G19.

The primary design features of the firearm include two polymer protrusions on the rear and interchangeable side panels and backstraps to promote a better and customizable grip. As a competitor to the Walther PPQ and Glock 19, the HK VP9 is incredibly reliable and excellent for beginners.

6. Walther PPQ

The Walther PPQ was developed with the stylings of a Glock in mind. The manufacturer included aggressive grip texturing, forward slide serrations, a squared-off trigger guard, and a Glock-like single-action trigger with consistent pull, creating a well-rounded and reliable firearm. Interested buyers can opt for the M1 or M2 models, the latter having an American-style magazine release.

7. Walther P99

In 1996, Walther released a genuinely unique firearm: the Walther P99. With a double-action and single-action without a consistent pull, the P99 stands out as one of the most unique designs in the history of striker-fired pistols. The weapon also includes an AS mode, making the gun easier to shoot and safer to carry.

Do you know of any other reliable firearms or have any suggestions of handguns that should have made this list? Leave a comment below.


Gunmaker Troy Industries Moving To the Greener Pastures of Clarksville, Tennessee

Massachusetts is increasing pushes for gun control legislation, showing a continued trend towards tighter restrictions on gun manufacturers and sales. While these pushes seem in line with current population demands in the state, the changes are not beneficial to manufacturers in the state.

Troy Industries, a leading U.S. gun manufacturer, is transferring its headquarters from the left-leaning state to protect its operations and interests. The CEO and founder, Steve Troy, Jr., is moving the company to Clarksville, Tennesse. In a statement, the CEO announced the move was indeed motivated by the “changing climate for firearms manufacturers in the state.”

troy is not the first, and likely won't be the last

For decades, Massachusetts was home to some of the most notable firearm brands, including Smith & Wesson. While not entirely removed from the state, Smith & Wesson, a Massachusetts-born company, began moving out of the state when legislative changes started impacting operational and manufacturing. Today, most of their production and distribution stems from the Missouri-based facility.

States focusing on gun control legislation are quickly seeing a response within the industry, with many companies moving to other, more welcoming states. Kimber and Check-Mate are steadily transitioning from New York to Georgia and Alabama. In 2013, with the adoption of magazine capacity limits, Magpul left Colorada. Similarly, changes in California forced Weatherby, a rifle maker, to relocate to Wyoming.

While not all manufacturers are leaving states like Troy Industries, many are finding ways to get around manufacturing and production restrictions. Olin-Winchester, an ammunitions maker, shifted production from Illinois to Missippi to avoid increasing regulatory hurdles. Additionally, Lewis Machine & Tool, currently LMT, recently opened a new facility in Iowa, also navigating Illinois’s increasing gun control focus.

While states begin to focus on the gun control debate, it is also crucial to consider the industrial and economic consequences of such decisions. There is something to be said for going with the court of public opinion, but something can also be said for an industry that is equally a part of the American spirit.

how does moving affect troy industries future

From all appearances, Troy Industries is as strong and financially sound as ever. The move is not a result of an economic downturn. It is a personal and political choice, one made with a clear focus on its future growth. 

With the continuing changes and calls for change in Massachusetts, the company was operating on borrowed time. There was no saying how many more regulatory hurdles would be imposed on manufacturers remaining in the state. By leaving, Troy Industries is apparently giving the state what it wants.

Legislative pushes and political leanings evolved to the point of being unwelcoming to gun manufacturers and suppliers. While it might not have been the state’s initial intent to force an industry out, Massachusetts has succeeded in that endeavor. Whether you believe the gun control advocates to be misguided or just, the country needs to find a way to work together toward a collective goal. It doesn’t seem like alienating an entire industry, especially those most informed about the statistical and operational pitfalls, is how to resolve the gun control debate. 

What is your opinion on the future of gun control and Troy Industries’ move to Tennessee? Leave a comment below to start a conversation. 

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How To Pick Your Very First Gun

You know you want a gun, but you have no idea what type of gun will best suit your purposes, right?  With so many different varieties out there, how can you possibly decide which gun should have the honor of being your “first”? While there is no single “right” gun for everyone, there are some things you can do to determine which gun is right for you. Here are some helpful tips to make the first-time gun selection process much easier.

Figure Out the Purpose for Your Gun

Before you purchase your first gun, you need to think about what its primary purpose will be. Are you buying a gun primarily for home defense or for target practicing at the gun range? Do you want a gun you can carry with you (concealed or open), or are you searching for a home-defense gun that will do the most damage to an intruder with murderous intent?

The intended purpose for your gun may not fall into a single category, and that’s OK. You may want to use it for both home defense and target shooting. But as long as you at least have an idea for how you’ll use it, you’ll be able to avoid purchasing a firearm that doesn’t meet your most important needs or expectations.

Try a Few Types

Remember how your mom always encouraged you to date a lot of girls so you get an idea of what’s out there? The same holds true when you’re gun shopping. You don’t want to make a commitment to the very first gun you hold in your hands, because you don’t know if there’s something better out there for you. Try a variety of guns. If possible, go to a gun range and test shoot multiple guns so you can see how they feel in your hands, how much recoil they have, etc. When it comes to choosing your first firearm, “playing the field” is a good thing. It will help you make a wise investment when you’re ready to commit to your first gun.

Consider Ammo Availability

As a first-time gun buyer, you may not be aware of how difficult it’s been to find ammo lately. Hopefully, everything gets back to normal soon, but it is wise to at least consider ammo availability before purchasing a gun. Though every type of ammo is more difficult to find right now than usual, there are some types of ammo that are more popular and are generally easier to find when there isn’t a general ammunition shortage. They include: .22, 9mm, .223, 12 gauge and .308. In normal conditions, if you have a gun that takes any of these ammunition types, you should be able to find the ammo you need pretty easily.

Figure Out Your Budget

Firearms can be expensive, but you can also get decent models for a reasonable price. When you’re shopping for your first gun, set a realistic budget, then look for a gun that fits within that budget.

In addition to these tips, you’ll also need to consider gun weight and size when purchasing your first firearm. If you’re still not sure what type of gun is right for you, don’t be shy about talking to a salesperson at your local gun store. He or she knows a lot about different gun models and will be able to help you select the firearm you need.

Are you an experienced gun owner who has a favorite gun you consider ideal for first-time gun buyers? Or maybe you have a few models you’d advise inexperienced gun owners to stay away from. Either way, let us know in the comments section!

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