3 Important Things to Keep in Mind When Shopping for Guns

Posted on: March 21, 2016

States across the nation are reporting sharp increases in applications for carrying concealed firearms in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings in December 2015. According to a New York Times story in February 2016, gun sales soared to 1.6 million in December 2015, with women representing a large segment of those applying for concealed weapons license.

If you are considering buying a gun, keep in mind that reading information on the Internet is not enough. Bill Jackson’s recommends that potential gun owners talk to qualified sale professionals who can assist in finding the right gun. We also offer gun education and safety courses that will help potential gun buyers with navigating the legal processes for acquiring a firearm. Safe and responsible gun ownership is the primary concern here at Bill Jackson’s.

With that in mind, here are some top considerations as you head to the store:

What is the purpose for the gun?

This is the most important factor when looking for a gun. Several of the most common reasons for buying a gun are home defense, concealed carry, target shooting and hunting. The type of gun you would want for concealed carry will be vastly different from a gun you would want for accuracy in target shooting. For example, a small single-stack gun, one with a thinner profile, is better for concealment. However, a larger firearm, one with a longer barrel, would be a better choice for someone who enjoys target shooting. Meanwhile, someone who wants a gun for home defense may be more interested in a shotgun. This firearm reduces the need for a steady hand and aiming under duress. All of these  firearms are available in wide variety of calibers.

Find a caliber you are comfortable with

For target shooting at a range, many people find that 22 long rifle to 44 magnum is enjoyable. Someone interested in personal defense or home defense is more likely to like 380 ACP to 45 ACP (hollow point) load caliber ammunition for its stopping power.

Find the right fit

Essentially, this is fitting the firearm to a person’s hand and situation. Some firearms may have grips that are too large for the shooter to reach the trigger comfortably. And the opposite can happen, some grips may be too small, causing too much movement of the gun upon recoil. Some shooters may have physical issues that need to be addressed, such as someone with arthritis needing an easy trigger to reach and pull. And, of course, if a person plans to carry a firearm in a concealed manner, smaller is easier. Keep in mind, there is no one gun that will be perfect for all purposes.

A final tip from one of Bill Jackson’s top instructors: Many people have concerns about the force of recoil. The response: If the gun is for self-defense, you won’t notice the recoil when you are under duress. Ask yourself this one question: Are you more afraid of recoil, or the person threatening your life?

Visit a reputable gun shop with certified instructors who can answer all your questions and properly address your concerns.

By Rich Kenda

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