I have been called, e-mailed and stopped on the street, questioned in my office, at a couple of places where I shop, and at the post office. I really do radio ads for Steele’s Handgun Shop and I’m known to be familiar with weapons to varying degrees. I have been asked about what kind of handgun or rounds to purchase for home defense and about concealed carry of guns and knives. Some of these questions were from people sig sp2022 magazine 9mm who have never owned guns before and some from those who “hate” guns and even hate handgun owners as well to varying degrees.
One of my friends has interest in a business near the World Trade Center site. One friend was the one who first reported the aircraft that hit the Pentagon, about three windows from his office window. Another friend of mine lives on Long Island and works in the building industry and at a huge timber store there; so she is in constant contact with workers and contractors linked to the New york city area. Several of my friends are military, National Guard, and police. I am no authority, in my mind, nor compared to some that we know, but I am very open in my communications on anything. So, I am asked about lots of things. I have been around guns, handgun shops, police, military, and worked as a Federal Law enforcement Police officer, as a Security Policeman in the You. S. Shoreline Guard, and as a Security and Public relations person at FEMA for a while in disaster preparedness and as an on-site disaster center worker.
I really do have some opinions and some are strong. They are based on knowledge and experience and information from those who know better than I. So here is some data in the form of;
Frequently asked questions and My Answers.
Q: WHY HAVE A HANDGUN IN THE FIRST PLACE?
For the same reasons we have smoke detectors, first aid kits, fire extinguishers; life, health, dental and home insurance. Because planning, preparation and investment in proper tools and devices — give us more control over ourselves and our destiny and well being in any arena. And, having better control of our lives and future is a local concern and need for most of us.
I think, and most of us think, that any life worth living is worth shielding. We have dedicated 40, 50, 60, or 100 hours a week to providing for our families so that they may live life without major interruptions or inconveniences and death or injury at the hand of a “Bad Person”. Disaster is certainly not part of our plan for optimum survival for us and our house.
Because people are neither natively brave nor courageous and because people are natively more comfortable, less fearful, having something to hand for self and family defense; having a weapon to hand or a method of defense and protection is an internal instinct that is intrinsic and local. That can include decisions to lock the doors, live in safer areas and staying alert to news and current events. Even those who hate guns and want all of them gone, always seem to have a kitchen knife, a baseball bat or a sword (Ha) to guard themselves with. The Bad Person, BP fun as such accessories in the hands of someone not used to fighting for their lives and it is in fact laughable if you’ve ever seen a street thug fight or attack someone.
Those who decry guns are the first to call 911 and plead with someone, a policeman, with a handgun to come and defend them – the police can not and will NOT ARRIVE IN TIME. In fact the police are not even expected to arrive to guard you. They are expected only, by law, to come and mark chalk lines around your dead body and that of your family – and to write up the reports, take pictures of the blood splattered walls and floor, and file them away along with a report the amount they find at the scene of your murder. Check it out; even the Great Court of the united states had made a written decision to it extent.
Q: FOR A NON SHOOTER, WHAT GUNS ARE RECOMMENDED FOR DEFENSE?
None. A non shooter should not have any handgun. Having a handgun without making and effort to learn how to Use it correctly and safely hit what is aimed at is not only silly but it’s dangerous. Here, I agree with the anti-gun people. THEY shouldn’t have a handgun because they wouldn’t use the handgun and would probably shoot someone for nothing, or miss and hit someone else. Non-Shooters should not own guns, period. Anti-gunners are more likely to become murderers or animal killers with a handgun than without. It is a cinch that if they don’t trust others with a handgun, they certainly are not worthy of trust with one themselves, and that’s certain.
Q: FOR AN INEXPERIENCED, NEW SHOOTER, WHAT DO I RECOMMEND?
First of all, don’t buy a handgun if you are not going to become proficient with it and that takes some time, duplication and training. My first suggestion is the. 38 caliber/. 357 fine quality revolvers. These are inexpensive and easy to find new or used. The. 357 revolver and can be used with low power. 38 fine quality ammunition for practice and for defense the same handgun will allow the use of extremely powerful. 357 ammunition. They are made to hold 5 or 6 cartridges and that should be fine for home defense. They are quite accurate and easier than you think to learn. They have no “safety” lever so under tension and in the terror of having to use one for self defense, there is no safety to remember about changing to the fire position from the safe position. Many, many people have died as a result of trying to defend themselves with a handgun that was still on safe when they needed to fire it to stop someone from killing them. The Bad Person won’t wait for you to remember the safety. I’m not in favor of safeties at all. Every person in the house that has access to the handgun Must be competed in safe handling. No safety switch, lock or stringed will make a handgun safe in the hands of an idiot or an unsafe handgun handler – ditto.
A revolver is the handgun that cowboys used. The cylinder holds six shots, and revolves as it’s shot, hence it’s called a six shooter or revolver, and after each shot the cylinder revolves to put another cartridge in back of the barrel ready to fire when the trigger is pulled to slam the hammer down and fire the bullet out the barrel to what is aimed or specific at.
Once a person has fired several revolvers or several handguns, many of them choose a pistol. A pistol is a semi-automatic handgun that does not have a cylinder but has a magazine to hold several cartridges instead. It is called a semi-automatic because it moves a new cartridge in place to befired each time the trigger is pulled, just like a revolver. Some pistols hold 15 or 20 shots or times even as call it. Modern pistols are merely allowed to have 10 times in america as a result of some idiotic laws passed by people who should not be allowed to have guns themselves. I prefer pistols to revolvers myself but advise revolvers for first timers to learn on.
By the way, an “automatic” is a handgun that shoots all of the shots, in machine handgun rapid fire fashion with ONE pull of the trigger. Few people own and even fewer can effectively use an automatic weapon. They are better for noise than for hitting something. The real most suitable choice for home defense is a shotgun. But most people want a pistol as it’s much easier to have next to the bed and to organize. The shotgun however is easier to aim under stress and is more likely to stop an attacker faster. Shotguns come in many configurations and sizes. They come in several cartridge sizes too. The two most common sizes are 12 gauge and 20 gauge, there are many other sizes but for home defense we’ll stick to the more common 12 or 20. Ordinarily the shotgun is less expensive, much easier to use, and better for defense than a pistol by far.