Buying Your First Handgun

By Michael D. Nolting

It is very important to keep your handgun safe and locked up at all times. There is a news story each year about a child who found a gun in their parent's bedroom and accidentally shot himself or herself or another sibling. It's a sad and terrible thing, but is something that can be prevented by locking your handguns in a gun safe or a special handgun safe. Most gun safes are made for larger rifles and shot guns, and can easily hold your extra handguns, but there are also smaller handgun safes that are meant to fit anywhere, and are great for safely storing a gun in your bedroom for quick and easy access, while keeping it locked to prevent an accident. But what is the Best Handgun Safe to buy?

Yesterday I was asked my opinion about Glocks. I said that what I thought didn't matter; it wasn't my money or my safety on the line. My preference does not matter in the decision to buy your gun. My wife likes Glocks; I feel the same about revolvers. Our preferences differ. As long as you know your gun, why you chose it, and it fits your needs, then it's the best gun for you. Now, that being said lets discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the two main types of handguns, semi-automatics and revolvers.

These safes also have to be battery powered, so in the rare circumstance that things get really bad, and batteries or power aren't available, you can't get to your gun if you need it. The V-Line has a simple 5 button and knob mechanical opening system that is both simple and reliable. You will never have to worry about battery levels, or if the electronics have a bug or glitch.

I prefer revolvers for home defense, as a home protection weapon will be stored loaded for an extended period of time. This is because they have fewer moving parts, which in turns makes them less sensitive to a lack of cleaning and maintenance than semi-automatics. I also recommend them for someone who is not going to train as intensively as recommended because this type of handgun has fewer functions to remember. In order to manipulate a revolver, one only has to operate the trigger and the cylinder release, whereas a semi-automatic pistol generally has a trigger, a magazine release, a slide lock, and at least one safety lever.

Revolvers do have disadvantages, and it is because of these disadvantages that police departments around the county have changed from them to semi-automatics. These disadvantages should be understood if the reader wishes to make a decision; therefore I will list them:Revolvers are slower to reload than the typical semi-automatic. They are sometimes harder to conceal, due to width of cylinder. Revolvers do not normally hold as many rounds (5-6rds compared to 8 or 10rds in a semi-automatic.Because a revolver contains separate chambers for each round, to fully load a revolver, the operator must put a round in each chamber (6 actions for 6 rounds). To fully load a semi-automatic the operator has to insert a single magazine into the pistol (one action for multiple rounds).

Also, stay knowledgeable and up to date on what firearms and accessories are helpful for women, and avoid anything that is just a gimmick. Ultimately, the prudent gun store business owner will be sure to treat all customers equally and with respect, regardless of any perceived attributes. In so doing, all persons will feel welcome in your store, increasing the potential customer base for your business.

Semi-autos can hold many rounds compared to a revolver. Normally a semi-auto magazine holds 8 to 10rds, but there are magazines capable of holding 15 to 30. They allow faster reloads. Due to popularity, there is a wider choice of accessories such as holsters available. They are easier to conceal due to thinner action than a normal revolver. It is easy to carry spare ammunition via preloaded magazines.

One of the most important means of self defense for women is prevention. Women must protect themselves by knowing their surroundings, being ever vigilant, avoiding being in unpopulated or poorly lit places alone.However, when prevention fails, sometimes the only way to survive is to fight back. Self defense techniques can help you fight off an attacker and help you protect yourself, because it is your right as a woman to do so.Here are some great ways that women can protect themselves from attackers:Limit time and exposure in undesirable situations such as dark streets, secluded parks, and other places that attackers may take advantage of a lack of people and low visibility.Get a large dog to walk with you or live with you for extra protection and to warn you if someone is near your home.Always go places with a group or with a buddy, or at the very least let someone know where you are going

They are very training intensive. Before one begins to carry a semi-automatic for self-defense, it is recommended that the user fire 2 or 3 thousand rounds of the type of ammunition they intend to carry in their firearm in order to fully understand the function of their firearm. Semi-autos are more complex. This means more prone to fail. While modern firearms and ammunition can fire thousands of rounds without malfunction, it can and does happen. They are more expensive than a revolver.Firing them can be harder for people suffering from arthritis or of weaker stature to manipulate slide. This type of handgun is more sensitive to ammunition type. Some types of semi-automatics are more prone to jam with certain types of ammunition, which is another reason it is suggested to train with the type of ammunition you intend to carry.

The semi-auto type of firearm is very well represented in the world of guns. Because of this sales popularity, there are many different functions and characteristics. Comparing this is like comparing pickup trucks to cars. There are many brands of pickups (revolvers), but generally they all are basically the same. In the car (semi-autos) world, they have sedans, sports cars, wagons, convertibles, limousines, economy class, and luxury designs. You can buy a vehicle or a firearm based solely upon an arbitrary reason such as looks, popularity, or what the marketing hype in a gun magazine tells you. You may also buy a tool such as this by deciding your needs and weighing your options.

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