I got my first gun as soon as I was legally allowed to carry. I had my eye on the Glock 19 for some time, having shot one in the past. Some people said I shouldn’t go for the obvious choices, like a Glock or a Ruger. But you know what? Guns like Glock and Ruger – there is a reason why they are so popular, and why they would indeed be an obvious choice.
These guns are ones which don’t cost too much, and which are accurate and reliable. What more could you possibly want in an everyday carry (EDC) or home defense kind of firearm?
You want it to do what it is meant to do when the time comes. The gun comes out of the factory in tip top shape, and now it is up to you to break it in, work it, carry it, customize or otherwise personalize it (as a way to make it your very own), and – most importantly – train with it. Get out to the range, spend some money, and get to know your weapon. Do this so when the time comes when you may need it, you will have a history with it. You will know what to do, and will not choke under pressure.Check out amazing Gun Articles at Gunivore.com.
As for range days – you will probably do it more at first, and then lessen your training as time goes on. I am being very presumptuous, I know, but it is only based on what I know. Some people start training with a gun, get bitten by the bug, and develop a healthy obsession for shooting. Some don’t. Either way, what is important is that you get to know your weapon of choice. It can help save your life, or the lives of those around you.
Whether you choose to open carry, conceal carry, or just keep a gun in your night table or dresser for emergencies – you must be aware of safety regulations and act with caution. Too many innocent people get hurt, most often by the ones they love, due to improper gun care and sometimes due to outright negligence. What can I say? There are people who are not cut out to be gun owners. It’s true. Wave the second amendment all you want, it just isn’t happening. We are not all going to pick up a gun and join the armed population.
I, however, am not one of those people. I made some mistakes early on, but thankfully it was early enough so I learned quickly. The classic rules – such as always treating a gun as if it is loaded, or keeping the muzzle away from anything you do not wish to see destroyed – are the best ones to follow. They will usually give you all the discipline you need.
For me, the choice between arming myself and not arming myself was no choice at all. I had known my desired path long before I could legally carry. So, I ended up going with a Glock 19, and I am very happy with it. What I would really like, though, is to go back in time and by a genuine .38 Detective Special.