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By: Rick Casner

When selecting a firearm, there are a few important items to consider before pulling the trigger on any specific make and model. A few of these items to consider would include, size/weight, caliber, striker or single action trigger pull, and fit/functionality. All too often customers will express to us that they do not enjoy shooting the gun they have purchased. This post is geared toward those choosing to carry a firearm for self-defense.

Take a few moments to consider these important items:


If you have not received proper training in handgun manipulations and choose a small firearm, it is extremely likely that you will regret your purchase. Small firearms are convenient to conceal, but because they weigh less the felt recoil will be more significant than the recoil a shooter will experience with a larger/heavier firearm. Every firearm recoils due to the pressures related to pushing the projectile downrange, but the smaller the firearm is the more a shooter will feel that recoil. A new shooter can be trained in proper recoil management to become more comfortable with small firearms, but they have to seek out quality instruction that will offer them a solid foundation.   


It is important to understand that any caliber has the potential of killing a person. Even BB guns, when used inappropriately, have killed people. When using a firearm for self-defense, the shooter must be comfortable with the amount of recoil that is produced by their caliber of choice or they will simply not be able to hit the “broad side of a barn.” I often hear of family members—more often than not it is a husband—pushing their loved ones into a caliber that is far too large for their skill level. This often results in that person learning to hate shooting, which is contrary to what we should be teaching. I often ask customers “would it be better to hit your target 10 times with a .22 LR or mis