New Years is a time
for resolutions, and doing new things, and one of those things should be taking
a more active approach in your personal defense, and defense of your family.
Here are some things to consider, and it might even have some tidbits for those
who have “been shooting since Christ was a corporal”.
Pick a gun that is
good for you. Most people have a preference of caliber, make, model, but do
what is right for you, in what fits your hand, budget and need. Unfortunately,
there are a lot of know it all’s that insist that only their favorite caliber
of their gun is best…usually this is just to get affirmation that they made a
good choice, and validate their own egos. Find a range that allows rentals, a
buddy with a small arsenal and try them all out.
When you get a gun, think about how you will carry it. Usually,
our first inclination on buying a gun is to get ammo, lights, upgraded sights,
but we run out of steam when it comes to a good holster. As I stated in my 1911
blog article, this can lead to catastrophic instances so get a good quality
holster that will keep your firearm secure and last for a long time.
Think about backup magazines. While we would all like to
assume we will never miss, statistics on shootings, as well as FBI statistics would
indicate otherwise. I used to carry a 1911 and I had 8 shots, plus one in the
pipe. Compared to your average Glock 19, the most carried handgun which offers
15 round magazines standard, or the FN 5.7 which has 20. From experience with
timers, I am almost 4x faster on the reloading when using a magazine pouch,
like the ones offered on JM4 Tactical, versus carrying loose magazines in my
pockets. It also standardizes where your spare magazines are located, versus
where they are in each different pair of pants you have.
Guns are tools, and like all tools they need to be
maintained to be in top performance. Whatever firearm you choose you need to
know the basic functions, and how to clean and lubricate it. Cleaning the
grime, ensuring that the magazines are cleaned ensures that you have a tool
that you can defend yourself with and know that it will function. Having lived
in the desert with minimal humidity to mid-west/south with 70+% rust can set in
quickly as well. A pretty good cleaning kit can be found on our website as
Finally, I would look at extra training, but from a
reputable instructor. There are a ton of YouTube personalities, former military
“experts” (many of whom were cooks, admin but are now firearms experts) and
mall cops who put on these training sessions, so be wary. I would encourage
looking at some decent ones for beginners, intermediate or if you have been
doing it awhile something advanced like Gunsite or Thunder Ranch. I am still
learning and plan to take even more training because I can always learn
Author: Ian Bolser