As with any fantastic debate, there is no perfect, obvious answer, and there are many more opinions that can be worked out. So, what makes me believe my opinion is the valid one to follow? I have my views based on my experience as a firearms instructor for many different police departments, my times in the military, my impulse to call home cheap, and my belief in keeping things manageable for the curious. First of all, there is no order as to where you should buy them as a first time gun buyer. If you have these four decent guns and ammo that we’ll talk about later, then you’re ready to keep an eye out for the specific guns you’d like to have for your situation, I’ll talk about some of them in this article as well.
The Famed .22 Rifle
Let me explain why many Americans have this rifle, which may be on the same list as me. A .22 rifle is one of the cost-effective firearms; it is a small investment. Ammunition may be a little hard to come by because of the incidence right now. A 22 has no kick when it fires and only leaves a small noise. Here is a perfect gun to use. The ammo is cheap, so you are likely to get a fantastic deal. There is no recoil, so a child can shoot safely. They can develop the fundamentals of shooting with this gun. You’re likely to practice various ranges and continue to increase your skills.
The Classic 12-Gauge Shotgun
The second most owned firearm in the United States, and one that probably doesn’t support the 22 too much, is the agile shotgun. The shotgun is one of the most flexible firearms on the market. Virtually every gun magazine on the market has published articles stating that the shotgun is the perfect weapon for home defense. I agree. That’s why I included this shotgun in my list. Its primary purpose should be home defense with a secondary purpose of hunting.
As with any type of training, you start with whatever you have and can, then upgrade when you have the foundation you want. The 12 gauge has a powerful stock; I would recommend training your child with this gun when they are old enough to handle it.
The Old School Revolver (.38/.357)
My dad loved revolvers and semi-automatics. He gave me a great lesson in them. At that moment, I realized why he preferred revolvers so much: they are so easy to use. Just like the shotgun, there’s a lot of dispute about the right caliber. The reason I choose .357 Magnum is because of the frequency, capacity, and ability to shoot. A .357 revolver can use .38 ammo. However, if you obtain a .38 revolver, it cannot use and fire a .357 bullet.
Also, .38 ammunition is cheaper and lighter than .357. If you practice with .38 ammunition in your .357 revolver, you’ll save money and won’t have nearly the recoil you would if you used .357 ammunition.
The cost above is about the same as the purchase price of an AR-15, so let’s think about that. Compared to buying an AR-15, you end up having a gun on hand for every member of the family if something catastrophic happens. Remember, it’s all about training, and preparing for every possible scenario will make your loved ones much more comfortable in this volatile world.