It is no surprise that society post 9/11 have become more vigilant and is much leaning towards safety and protecting not just oneself but also of family, friends and loved ones. This one applies to almost everyone no matter what they do for a living, doctors, nurses, engineers, pilots and even people associated with modern technology like programmers and you would be surprised with how many programmers own a gun nowadays which just points toward to the fact that the need for safety or having the feeling of safety is at an all time high. Here is a guide on what you need to know before you purchase a gun for yourself to improve your safety at home or at work.
First of all never buy a gun just because it is cheap! Choose a gun that was made by a reputable and trusted manufacturer. You can save money by buying a used gun made, again, by a reputable brand but also have it checked out by a knowledgeable gunsmith before you even start shooting just to be safe and sure. But if you are a beginner and have no knowledge of what you have to buy, then better opt for a brand new gun.
If you think you’re a badass carrying a small caliber gun and think that you can scare away an assailant or even hurt them, don’t even go that direction. Safety is your priority. Get a gun safe first. As a gun owner, you should never pull out a gun if you are not planning to use it and you should be using it with lethal purpose during last chance, worst case or assault scenarios. If you see a bad guy rushing you or your love ones, the line you see on movies “stop or ill shoot” will get people hurt or even worse, killed.
If you are leaning towards something very small that you can carry on purse, for example, or if you sleep on an upper level bedroom, you should think about getting two separate guns for your home or place of business. The larger and the much accurate one should be easily accessible upstairs in case a downstairs break in might occur where the bad guys will be the most distant. Knowing this, this gun should be the one you should be practicing most with at a range so you can improve your accuracy and confidence in using.
Some guns are generally better picks for first timers than others. But if you are a veteran shooter, you might want to opt for a 1911 style semiautomatic handgun, they are more difficult to use and even more trickier to take apart or break down for cleaning compared to traditional revolvers. But do not worry, there are also other semi automatic options out there. Among these are the popular Glocks which is reliable, accurate, and priced really good all in one. They are about $700 dollars in the market today.
If you are looking for reliability, you should go for revolvers because they almost never fail compared to semiautomatics that can sometimes fail due to a chamber jam or it fails to chamber a round. These do happen normally with inexperienced shooters which you will learn how to avoid down the road, the longer you have the gun with you. If you intend to buy more than one gun, be prepared to invest in a multi gun safe. The Stack-On Total Defense is a good idea, although this could be an overkill as it stores 28 guns.