0101 – SDFAQ Selecting the Correct Gun for the Job

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There is no topic more heavily debated across gun shop counters, at shooting ranges, during training courses and of course on the web that what is the perfect gun for _________?  My favorite part of this debate is that people actually think there is a universal answer.

Today we will take a look at what criteria we should use to help us select the proper firearm for the job.

Purpose:  What is that new blaster going to be used for?

  • Hunting
  • Sporting
  • Competition
  • Self-Defense/CCW
  • Home-Defense
  • Training

We have to define the purpose of the firearm so that we can use that to determine the rest of the criteria.

Self-defense, home-defense and training are our focus here at SSA so we will stick in those areas.  Keep your focus narrow.

The other questions to ask:

Who will be using the gun?

Finally we need to make sure that the following criteria are met:

  • Acceptable reliability
  • Simplicity of operation
  • Appropriate caliber

There are some factors that DON’T really matter when it comes to choosing a firearm.

  • Advice from your buddy
  • Advice from behind the gun counter
  • Advice from a web ninja who is probably a 14 year old who gets his info from first person shooters.
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