I do radio ads for Steele’s Gun Shop and I’m known to be familiar with firearms to some degree. I have been asked about what sort of gun or ammo to buy for home defense and about concealed carry of guns and knives. Some of these questions were from people who have never owned guns before and some from those who”hate” guns and even hate gun owners as well to a degree.
One of my buddies has interest in a company close to the World Trade Center site. 1 close friend was the person who first reported the airplane that struck the Pentagon, about three windows from his office window. Another friend of mine lives on Long Island and works in the construction industry and at a enormous lumber store there; so she is in constant contact with workers and contractors connected to the nyc area. Several of my friends are military, National Guard, and authorities. I’m no authority, in my mind, nor compared to a few I know, but I am quite open in my communications on anything. So, I am asked about plenty of things. I have been around guns, gun stores, police, army, and worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer, as a Security Policeman in the U. S. Coast Guard, and as a Safety and Public Relations person at FEMA for a while in disaster preparedness and as an on-site disaster center worker.
I do have some opinions and some are quite strong. They are based on knowledge and expertise and information from people who know better than I.
Q: WHY HAVE A GUN IN THE FIRST PLACE?
For the exact reasons we have smoke detectors, first aid kits, fire extinguishers; lifestyle, health, dental and house insurance. Because planning, preparation and investment in proper tools and apparatus — give us more control over ourselves and our fate and well being in almost any arena. And, having better control of our own lives and potential is a native issue and need for the majority of us.
I think, and most of us believe, that any life worth living is worth defending. We’ve dedicated 40, 50, 60, or 100 hours a week to supplying our families so that they might live life without significant interruptions or inconveniences and death or injury in the hand of a”Bad Person”. Disaster is certainly not part of our plan for optimum survival for us and our family.
Because people are neither natively brave nor brave and because people are natively more comfortable, less fearful, having something to hand for family and self defense; having a weapon to hand or a process of defense and protection is an internal instinct that’s intrinsic and native. That can include decisions to lock the doors, live in safer areas and staying alert to news and current events. Even those who hate guns and want all of them gone, always appear to get a kitchen knife, a baseball bat or a sword (Ha) to defend themselves with. The Bad Person, BP laughs as such implements in the hands of someone not used to fighting for their lives and it is actually laughable if you have ever seen a street thug fight or attack someone.
Those who decry guns are the first to call 911 and beg somebody, a policeman, with a gun to come and defend them – the police can’t and WILL NOT ARRIVE IN TIME. The truth is the police aren’t even expected to arrive to defend you. They’re expected only, by law, to come and mark chalk lines around your dead body and that of your family – and to write up the accounts, take pictures of the blood splattered walls and floor, and file them away along with a report on what they find at the spectacle of your murder. Check it out; even the Supreme Court of the United States had made a written decision to that extent.
Q: FOR A NON SHOOTER, WHAT GUNS ARE RECOMMENDED FOR DEFENSE?
None. A non shooter should have no gun. Possessing a gun without taking the time and effort to learn how to USE it properly and safely reach what is aimed at isn’t just absurd but it’s dangerous. HereI agree with the anti-gun men and women. THEY shouldn’t have a gun because they would not use the gun and would likely shoot someone for nothing, or miss and hit somebody else. Non-Shooters should not own firearms, period. Anti-gunners are more likely to become murderers or accidental killers with a gun than without. It is a breeze that if they do not trust others with a gun, they certainly are not worthy of trust with one themselves, and that is certain.
Q: FOR AN INEXPERIENCED, NEW SHOOTER, WHAT DO I RECOMMEND?
First of all, do not get a gun if you are not going to become proficient with it and that takes some time, repetition and training. My first suggestion is that the .38 caliber/.357 caliber revolvers. These are cheap and easy to find used or new. The .357 revolver and can be used with low power .38 caliber ammunition for practice and for defense the identical gun will permit the use of extremely powerful .357 ammunition. They are made to hold 6 or 5 cartridges and that ought to be fine for home protection. They are quite precise and fairly easy to learn. They’ve no”security” lever so under tension and at the terror of having to use one for self defense, there is no safety to remember about changing to the fire position from the safe position. Many, many people have died as a result of attempting to defend themselves with a gun which was still on safe when they had to fire it to prevent someone from killing them. The Bad Person won’t wait for you to remember the safety. I’m not in favor of safeties in any respect. Every individual in the home that has access to the gun has to be trained in safe handling.
Once a person has fired several revolvers or several handguns, a lot choose a pistol. A pistol is a semi automatic handgun that does not have a cylinder but has a magazine to hold several cartridges instead. It’s called a semi-automatic because it moves a new cartridge in place to befired whenever the trigger is pulled, just like a revolver. Some pistols hold 15 or 20 rounds or shots as we call it. Modern pistols are only allowed to have 10 rounds in America because of some idiotic legislation passed by people who should not be allowed to have guns themselves. I prefer pistols to revolvers myself but advise revolvers for first timers to find out.
By the way, an”automatic” is a gun which fires each of the shots, in machine gun rapid fire style with ONE pull of the trigger. Few people own and even fewer can effectively use an automatic weapon. They are better for noise than for hitting something. The real best choice for home defense is a shotgun. But most people want a pistol as it’s easier to have alongside the bed and to get ready. The shotgun however is easier to aim under pressure and is more likely to stop an attacker quicker. Shotguns are available in many configurations and sizes. They are available in several cartridge sizes also. The two most common sizes are 12 gauge and 20 gauge, there are quite a few other sizes but for home defense we will stick to the more common 12 or 20. Ordinarily the shotgun is less expensive, easier to use, and better for defense than a pistol by far.
Lots of individuals feel that shotguns have taken that spreads, to send out a wall of lead, and that you can not miss with a shotgun. . The longest distance most people will have the ability to shoot in shield, inside our houses, is about 20 feet. At the distance the size of the ring of shot from a shotgun is roughly two and a half inches in diameter or less. It’s easy to miss with a shotgun, but not as easy as it is to miss with a pistol. Some people want to get all sorts of specialty ammo for a shotgun to use in home defense. That isn’t needed. The cheapest”bird shot” is the best for home defense and the least likely to go through wall after wall after wall through your house and to the sleeping rooms of the rest of your loved ones and the neighbors up and down the street.
Incidentally, most pistol ammo will go through three or four partitions, perhaps more, before it stops if you miss the person you are shooting in self defense. Where are the kids? Consider it before you buy a gun. In fact thinking is far superior to shooting, regarding self defense.
Guns are costly and good guns are very expensive. There are some ways to beat the system however. There are many used guns on the marketplace, especially police guns, because everybody, especially the police, want to have the coolest and most awesome and many new gun that’s being advertised. So they trade in the older guns and often the older firearms are the better firearms although less trendy. Silly are not they? There are lots of great used pistols, revolvers and shotguns in the gun stores of America and many of them are superior to the new stuff in reliability and accuracy. Go figure! J Or you can purchase a new gun.
No matter what you get, make certain that you learn how to use the gun properly and get some instruction from someone who knows guns and safe handling. Most men believe they are genetically endowed with gun smarts and they are not. In fact most men who are first time or infrequent users of guns are a lot more stupid and a lot more dangerous than women and no more likely to hit what they aim for .
To begin with, according to my own experience. I’ve taught several hundred people how to take for the first time and have helped a few dozen others shoot better. By the way I am not a professional firearms instructor, only a willing friend and neighbor who has taken a lot and owned a great deal of guns over a great deal of years.
IF you do get a gun, and I’m not at all certain that you should; keep your defensive firearm handy but protected and practice, practice, practice. Practice frequently enough to be harmful to the Bad Persons and frequently enough to NOT be harmful to yourself and your loved ones. At a minimum that will be weekly for a month or two and then monthly for many months and then at least every two or three months thereafter. Even people who hunted all the time 30 or 40 years ago but not much in the last 10 years, are not to be trusted to be secure and accurate with a firearm now.
IS IT BEST TO USE THE BULLETS THAT COST 2 OR 3 OR 4 OR EVEN UP TO 12 DOLLARS PER SHOT?
The silly news shows, the major media day news is fond of displaying all sorts of buzz saw bullets and bullets which will penetrate bullet proof vests and all manner of other nonsense. Almost anything on the evening news about guns, ammo, self defense, etc. is a lie or at best BULL. Now, regarding ammunition; you do not need a lot of ammo for self defense. In a defensive situation if you want more than ten or twenty shots, then you are probably going to die anyway as there are either too many people for one to defend against or you’re just too poor a chance to defend yourself. But under the strain of self defense, it is not unusual for police to miss every single shot from a 15 shot
Pistol when shooting at a Bad Person that’s only 15 or 20 feet away. In take outs where trained police are shooting at BPs who also have guns, it isn’t unusual for several hundred shots to be fired for every individual that’s killed. Think about it. They need to practice a LOT more do not they. Fortunately BPs don’t practice much, if any, either. What you need a lot of ammo for is practice.
How about all these wonderful and special self defense bullets? There are bullets which cost $6 each or more that are supposed to work better and faster for self defense. The real truth is that it does not matter a HOOT how expensive the bullet is, if you miss a vital place in the attacker. Everything you need is practice, practice, practice, so you could certainly hit what you’re aiming at and STOP an attacker. REAL experts say: It is better to shoot the attacker 6 times fast and correctly once you need to stop the attack than it is to hit them with one super-duper-Cowabunga-pooper bullet. So practice.
WHY ARE YOU SO SET ON HAVING GUNS?
Some folks are worried about possible social chaos, rogue bands of damaging burglars, perhaps dangerous riots, and there’s a certainty , for the first time, this war is happening here and there are no safe zones, at least no certain safe zones. As members of a community, we seek to support our community with private and community commitment — a price others are and have been willing to pay. Now it MAY be our turn. I am not saying this is correct or right or even necessary; I am just saying that’s what some people feel and think.
Owning a weapon is a private decision. Years ago almost all women carried a few long hat pins for protection and almost all men carried a stout umbrella or a walking stick. In most countries, even today, it is considered sensible to take a dagger, a dirk, or maybe a pistol (like in Israel) or a rifle all the time for self defense. I don’t have a position either way for whether or not YOU have a weapon or decide to defend yourself against those who would rob or hurt you and those near you.
I do take one position however. I think that people who say guns are bad and no one should have a gun and no one should protect themselves with a gun should have signs in their clothing, their cars and around their homes and businesses. That sign should say”I do not believe in guns or other weapons, and I do not have any weapons, and I won’t defend myself, and I do not believe in anybody protecting themselves against an assailant.” If you’re really against self defense and against guns – establish it and post the signs!
Otherwise, for those of intellect; Take care, prepare, practice and be secure.