From Manufacturer to Model:
How to Choose a Gun

By: Jay Chambers

Becoming a gun owner is an important step in someone’s life. When you decide to buy a gun, you accept the responsibility that comes with it and understand the safety measures you should take to protect yourself and those around you.

But apart from that, you should also be aware of the importance of choosing a new gun, as you have to pick a gun not only based on budget, but also on needs and functions. Unless you’re accustomed to buying guns, knowing how to select one may be difficult. Still, we’re here to help – so, below you’ll find some tips on how to choose your new gun.

  1. What Are Your Needs?

The first thing you have to determine is why you need to buy a gun in the first place. If it’s for hunting, for instance, you will have to decide on a stronger firearm that can deal with shooting from a larger distance. For home defense, a larger and heavier gun will be perfect. On the other hand, if you need concealed carry, you will require a smaller, shorter, and lighter weapon.

Think about the reasons why you are deciding to become a gun owner – this will help you get a better image of the gun you need in your life. After all, it’s best to have a model that has the most important functions to ensure it will serve you properly.

  1. Picking the Right Caliber

An important part of any gun is the caliber. This refers to the cartridge the gun needs in order to fire. Keep in mind that what you choose will determine how effective the gun will be in a defensive situation. It will also determine the recoil you will deal with. The caliber will also have an effect on the size of the gun, so keep that in mind.

  1. Revolver or Semi-Automatic

    So many options when it comes to picking the right firearm.

If you’re looking for a self-defense weapon, then you have two options to choose from: revolvers and semi-automatics. That being said, you need to know which one is more suitable for what you need.

Semi-automatics tend to be the most common ones. When a cartridge is fired, gas pressure is being generated, which then helps cycle the loading mechanism of the weapon. When you move the slide rearward, the empty case of the gun will be ejected. Not to mention that it will also cock the firing mechanism.

When the spring returns the slide forward, a new cartridge is sent into the chamber of the gun from a detachable magazine.

Overall, semi-automatics are great because they are much faster, being perfect in a defensive situation when you don’t have too much time to waste and every second matters. Furthermore, they are much thinner and more concealable, which is even better when you don’t want a burglar to know you’re armed.

But despite their advantages, they also come with more complexity in the way they are operated. So, as a beginner, you will need to practice a lot.

Revolvers come with a cylinder that can swing out to the side, and they will have around 5-6 chambers where the cartridges will be loaded. With every shot, the cylinder will rotate and thus bring another cartridge to line with the barrel.

When you fire the gun, it can either happen through single-action or double-action mode. For defensive situations, double-action mode is the preferred option.

  1. Manufacturer

Picking the right manufacturer is important too. Many people would want to go with a lower price when they see how big manufacturers are pricing their items but settling for something cheap is not the best idea.

Cheaper guns may not have the quality and safety you are looking for, so you shouldn’t go with the cheapest weapon you find. Go with a well-known, trusted brand. Especially if you’re new in the world of guns and don’t know all the details necessary, going with a big gun company is the best thing to do.

Some of the most famous gun brands are SIG Sauer, Remington Outdoor, Sturm, Ruger &Co, and Smith & Wesson.

  1. Ease of Use

You also have to consider if the gun is easy to use before you decide to buy it. After all, you can’t go with something that will be difficult to use when you’re in a risky situation. To begin with, you need something that allows for easy access to the trigger. Also, choose something that fits your hand and doesn’t require all the knowledge in the world to fire. A Springfield XD-S may be a suitable model in this regard, as it was designed for concealed carry and it is easy to use. It allows someone with a smaller hand to grip it and can hold 8 rounds in the magazine. High visibility front sight is also included.

Therefore, make sure that when you pick a gun model, you go for something that will make it easy to fire when you’re in a life-threatening situation.

  1. Safety

Guns usually come with their own safety mechanisms, and you need to consider this if you want to use them safely. For example, there are such things as trigger safeties, thumb safeties, and grip safeties.

If you’re a beginner, you may want to go for something with a thumb safety, since it may be difficult to properly use your thumb at first.

  1. Maintenance

It’s also crucial to consider how much you need to care for the gun. Some weapons need more maintenance compared to others – so, if you are not experienced, you’d better go with something much easier to maintain. Firearms that require high maintenance would be a pain since you’re not accustomed to how all parts of the weapon work.

Final Thoughts

You have to do your best to find a suitable gun for your needs, and for that to be possible, you must take into account certain aspects. Hopefully, with this guide, you will have an easier time getting the right gun model.

From Manufacturer to Model: How to Choose a Gun

One thought on “From Manufacturer to Model: How to Choose a Gun

  • While this article deals well with the ‘theoretical’ aspects, it skips over the – for lack of a better term – ones. The only way an individual knows what best ‘fits’ his (or her) hand is to go to gun shops and gun shows and actually handle any possible candidate: That will narrow the field considerably. Once the level of choices is more manageable, actually fire as many of those as possible – go to a range that rents handguns, go with a friend who has one and will let you ‘try it out’. That will give you a ‘short list’ – then you can narrow it down even further by price, manufacturer and whatever features you’re most interested in having.

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