I believe you have a right to protect your life, your neighbors and your family. Therefore I think everyone should have a basic firearm in the house and be trained on how to use it. There are lots of guns available and we can get caught up in what is the best but today I will be discussing what I see are the initial guns you might want to start with.
This is in my view the most versatile gun you can have. It can have lighter loads for target practice, bird shot, buck shot and slugs. It is accurate out to about 100 yards, which makes it a great hunting weapon. They come in various gauges to fit almost any need or size of person. It truly is an all around weapon. Nothing sends an intruder running like the rack of a shotgun.
These are used more for hunting, but are a great alternative if it’s all you have. They are high powered and able to inflict damage farther than a shotgun. While there is much debate as to what the best round is, I like the .308 or 30-06. Tried and true and good for almost all game. You could step down to a smaller caliber depending on your area, but I like the above two caliber due to their popularity and availability of ammo.
I am not going to open a can of worms and tell you what caliber to buy. A good handgun with proper training will be able to do its job. Buy what feels good in your hand. You fellas may have to find a gun which fits your wife’s hand better than your own. We carry a handgun because we can not carry a rifle. A handgun is a compromise. I would rather shoot from a distance than up close, but compromises have to be made.
Some of you may want to consider two handguns, one for winter and one for summer. I have a full size one for winter and a small pocket-size for summer. I get to wear shorts in the summer and a full size weapon does not make sense for me. I recommend trying to rent guns at ranges before you buy.
A good quality .22 rifle is a great investment. Ammo is cheap. You can train with it since the recoil is light. They are great for training with children. We have a .22 single shot. All of our girls love to shoot it.
Guns without proper training are just expensive pieces of metal. Make sure you get the training you need before you buy a bunch of weapons. I would rather you have one weapon you knew how to use well than a bunch you didn’t.
We may have the right to bear arms, but with that right comes the responsibility to use the weapon properly. We must be responsible with our guns. We need to keep them safe and properly train those around us about their proper use.
Guns are tools and used in the right way will keep us prepared and protected. This is why I think you should build up to the “4 gun core” of shotgun, handgun, centerfire rifle, and .22 rifle. These are the great building blocks of a great gun collection. They allow you do almost anything you would want in most situations.
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