I have put together some of the questions asked me during firearm courses.

What type of gun should I buy?

This question needs to be addressed with a question. Is your firearm going to be used for, home protection, concealed carry, or both? A home protection handgun can be full size with a long barrel, and may hold accessories like a flashlight and laser. A carry handgun is going to be hanging on your belt or in your purse. You will want something that is not too heavy to carry around for long periods of time. If you want a handgun for home protection and carry, then there is some give and take on what to buy.

What’s better, a revolver or semi-automatic?

That is up to the individual. Here are some pros and cons for each:

      • If you have a misfire, simply pull the trigger again to fire the next cartridge


      • Less moving parts


      • Most cases, you don’t have to take them apart to clean


      • They don’t hold as much ammo as a semi-auto


      • They take longer to reload, even with a speed loader


      • They hold more ammo


      • You can reload quicker


      • They can be slimmer and easier to conceal


      • If you have a misfire, you must clear the misfire before you can shoot again


      • More moving parts


      • Must be broke down for cleaning


Should I buy a handgun before taking a safety class?

In my opinion, you are much better off not buying a handgun before you take a safety course. And there are several reasons why.

    1. If you buy a handgun and find out that it’s not right for you, maybe to difficult to operate or hard to handle. You will not get what you paid for it back.


    1. A safety course will give you the proper knowledge of handgun types, parts and how they work. So you can decide which gun would work best for you.


    1. Firearm sales people are very knowledgeable, can only do so much to help you buy the right gun. If you don’t understand firearm basic operation, you might end with the wrong gun for your needs.


    1. It’s a lot more fun buying something when you know what you’re talking about, and can hold a conversation with a sales person.


What caliber should I Buy?

Basically, the answer is the largest caliber you can safely and comfortably handle.


What should I look for when buying a handgun?

The main thing you want is a good fit in your hand, comfortable to hold and able to reach the safety, hammer, magazine release etc. without moving the gun around in your hand.