Guns do you no good if they are unavailable, or you aren't properly trained. They can be dangerous in the hands of a child, the inexperienced, unstable, or in the hands of your attacker. I love guns, but considering how many idiots I see on the streets everyday; the thought of them carrying a handgun scares the crap out of me.
Steps in training:
- Safety Training: Start with a basic course in gun safety. If you live in Texas you could start by taking the Texas Hunter Education class. The NRA provides many training opportunities that include handgun safety. You can also check with your local gun ranges for beginner classes, and safety courses.
- Basic Firearms Training: Take a basic training class in firearms; these are often available through your local shooting ranges.
- Advanced Firearms training: Take an advanced training class in firearms; these are often available through your local shooting ranges.
- Combat Firearms Training: I will provide a list of recommended training centers here very soon.
- Practice Often: Make it a fun outing at least once a month; Practice, Practice, and Practice. Remember, “Practice does not make perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect!”
Guns for self defense
Below are some of my picks for self defense
- Taurus (any of their light weight conceled hammer revolvers in .38 S&W Special +P) $350 & up
- Smith and Wesson 340PD (.357 Magnum® or .38 S&W Special +P) Suggested retail $1,153.00
- Glock 22 (.40cal) (I prefer a modified Glock and I keep the first round a safety round [40 S&W 115gr Glaser] and all others are chosen for their quick take-down because of the hydro-shock effect [40 S&W 165gr COR®BON Self-Defense JHP])
- Colt 1911 or 1991 model (any model but I like the combat commander)
In a home or apartment you should choose ammo that is less likely to pass through a wall. 12, 20, or 14 loaded with bird shot, rubber shotgun slugs and a good safety round for pistols [like Glaser Safety Slug]
- Winchester Home Defender or any 12 gauge sawed-off pistol grip riot style shotgun
- Taurus Judge (revolver that shoots .45cal & .410 shotgun shells)
Basically you want a .22cal rifle, a 12gade shotgun, and a good rifle
I an particularly found of the Winchester 30-30 rifles
As a fan of Stargate SG-1 I really want a P90s (P90 is for military only as it is a fully automatic assault rifle), but the P90s is semi-automatic and available for personal protection [ammo is hard to find and expensive]
This page is not a substitute for formal, qualified instruction in the handling, use, or storage of firearms.
Gun Safety Rules
Special thanks to the NRA for being the de facto standard in gun safety regulations and guidelines. Please visit there website at www.nra.org for more information on guns and gun safety.
- ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
- ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
- ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
When using or storing a gun, always follow these rules:
- Know your target and what is beyond.
- Know how to use the gun safely.
- Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
- Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
- Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
- Never use alcohol or over-the-counter, prescription or other drugs before or while shooting.
- Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
- Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.
- Keep you gun clean, and make sure the gun is unloaded and the ammunition in in another room while cleaning!
Safety Around Children
It is the Parents' Responsibility to train their children in gun safety!
There are guns in approximately half of all U.S. households. Your child could come in contact with a gun at a friends house, or just about anywhere.
Children are exposed to guns on TV & video games. It is very important that parents educate them on the real dangers of guns.
One of the basic rules is to teach your children the following!
- Don't Touch.
- Leave the Area.
- Tell an Adult.
Remember that repetition is most effective for educating children in gun safety.
The NRA's Eddie Eagle Gun Safe Program is one of the best resources around for educating children and parents about gun safety.
For information about the Eddie Eagle Gun program, visit https://eddieeagle.nra.org/ or call (800) 231-0752.
For more of the NRA's gun safety training:
Youth Programs call (703) 267-1505.
Adult Programs call (703) 267-1430