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Finding the perfect gun for personal protection.
First and foremost, you need to choose a gun manufacturer you like. Some of the top gun manufacturers are, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Ruger, Glock, Sig Sauer, Remington and Colt. The list could go on and on. Most importantly, do not go with a manufacturer just because someone tells you they are the best. Do the research for yourself and find the best fit for yo
Once you have found a gun manufacturer and gun you prefer, you need to ask yourself these questions.
Will it be used for home defense?
If you only plan on getting a gun to keep in a gun safe at home, to defend yourself if the need ever arises, then you do not have to worry about how well you will be able to conceal it.
Will I carry it everyday?
The most important question to ask yourself if you plan on carrying the gun everyday for personal defense is, how reliable will it be? You should always have trust that your gun will fire every time if the need arises for you to protect yourself.
Will it be easy to conceal?
The last thing you want is to have to wear a hoodie or jacket in the summer time because your gun is too big to conceal. Always make sure, when purchasing a gun for every day carry, that it is easy to conceal without having to wear extra layers.
Is it comfortable and can I shoot it?
Way too often people will buy a gun because a friend or family member told them it was the best. And more often than not, they hate it or are not able to properly and accurately fire the gun. The best thing to do in this situation is to find a gun store near you (preferably with a range) and fire different guns.
Almost every gun store will allow you to hold/ handle a gun to see if it is comfortable for you. Stores that have shooting ranges will often have several guns you can rent and fire at the range to see how you like it.
You may be asking yourself, now that I've found a gun, what holster do I buy? Well that is an honest question that should never be taken lightly. The holster you decide to use, in my opinion, is just as important as the gun you are buying. You should have the same trust in your holster as you do in your gun. Finding the perfect holster for the job, is similar to that of finding the perfect gun for the job.
If a friend or family member has a holster you are interested in, ask them if you can try it out. There are thousands of holsters to choose from, just like there are thousands of guns to choose from. Make sure the holster you choose is comfortable and best fit for the occasion. Don't settle for an uncomfortable holster you hate just because it was cheap. I've even found it's best to talk to police officers or other CCW permit holders about different holsters.
Don't be afraid to ask for opinions! If you are unsure about what to choose, take someone with you that has a fair amount of knowledge about guns and holsters, to help guide you in the right direction. Remember the holster is just as important as the gun.
You are ready to go
Before carrying a firearm of any type, always make sure you know your state's laws in depth. Don't get caught doing something illegal because you didn't read the law. "Ignorance of the law is not an excuse." But most importantly, if you are going to carry a gun every day for personal defense,
Practice, Practice, Practice.
Spend as much time as you need at a shooting range until you are comfortable with your gun. There is absolutely no such thing as being 100% ready to defend yourself at all times. You can never get enough practice, no matter how many times you go to the shooting range.