How to Choose a Gun

What is the First Thing to Consider When Buying a Gun?

  • Cost
  • Size
  • Purpose
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  • Age

Answer: Purpose

All the details above are important, but the first one to consider is the purpose of the gun. For instance, carrying a gun for personal protection warrants something completely different than hunting or casual target practice. Once you know how you’re going to use the gun, you can narrow down your specific choice according to the other options.

You also need to narrow the purpose down more than once. If the gun is for hunting, what are you hunting? If it’s for protection, is it for open carry or at home? For example, while a handgun is made for protection, some people are more comfortable with a rifle. Of course, that also means you need to be able to use the rifle at a decent distance from the intruder, so they can’t grab it. However, someone who is afraid of a handgun is as likely to hurt themselves as they are an intruder.

Some other things to consider are the weight of the gun, material it’s made of (cast iron makes for a heavy pistol on your hip), caliber, and cost of ammunition.

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Tip: No matter which gun you choose, and especially if it’s a gift, seek out proper training for use of that gun so that you know everything about it — from cleaning it to putting the lock on after you fire it.