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Selecting Handgun

Selecting Handgun

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Selecting the handgun that is right for youWhat to Buy? That is the questionAsk yourself these questions?1. What will you do with this gun?
Concealed Carry
Target Practice
Both
2. What are your physical abilities or limitations?
Hand, finger and upper body strength have an affect on the gun you select.
Can you pull a 10 to 15 lb double action revolver trigger pull?
Can you manually operate the slide on a semi auto?
Can you control the recoil of the shot?
Can you hold the gun at arms length?
3. Which gun best fits your hands?
The fit between the pistol and the hand affect how well you shoot. Because accuracy reliesheavily on trigger control it is best if the trigger finger places properly on the trigger when thepistols backstrap is centered in the web of the hand
4. How much time will you commit to mastering the handgun?
 A revolver is simple and easy to operate, therefore requiring less skill and time to master theweapon. A pistol (semi-auto) requires more time to learn to operate, load and unload. While qualitysemi autos are very reliable, the shooter should know how to deal with potential semi autooperational problems, such as fail to fire, double feed, stove piping, failure to eject and failureto feed. All semi autos require that you proof fire the ammunition you will carry for self defense toverify the operational reliability of the ammunition.
5. How will you carry the handgun?
Fanny Pack
Holster 
Belly Band
Other 
Combination of all above
 
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Some considerations for selecting a concealed carry handgun are:
Size of handgun
Caliber 
Weight
Sights
Barrel length
Grip size
Recoil control
Ammunition capacity
Dependability of handgun and carry gear 
Concealability -
The firearm must be concealed in order to carry it legally.
Shootability -
You must be able to operate the firearm, understand its function, andmanage the recoil.
Availability –
can you access it when you need it?
Securing the handgun
form accidentally dropping it or being disarmed.
The handgun must be secured in some type of holster or concealed carry devise
Shooting Skill
to save your life
Knock down power
- The firearm must have adequate power to stop an assailantfrom carrying out an attack against you.
Double action trigger 
Select a firearm
you are comfortable with.
Understand how it functions.
Make sure
it meets your needs.
Be sure it is a quality, dependable handgun
Use appropriate ammunition
 
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Your Goal:
Access a secure, concealed handgun and fire accurate shots that stop theattacker.This requires the selection of the proper concealed carry device
The proper handgun
Safe practice with your equipment
Know you limitations
Pros and cons are:Remember you have to be able to control the handgun and make consistent shotplacements on the target.
Barrel length, weight and the ability to grip have a big effect on recoil controland shooting consistency.
Handguns with small grips are harder to hold onto and control
The heavy and larger gun may be harder to conceal
The heavy and larger gun is easer to shoot
A small light handgun in a large caliber is harder to control then a larger handgun inthe same caliber.
Fanny packs allow the carry of larger handguns, but may restrict the carry of thehandgun in other locations.
Best Semi-Auto
Double Action Only
Double Action with a de-cocker (with or without a manual safety)
What is the most dependable handgun for you? Revolver or Semi AutoAnswer:
The one you can bet your life on!!The revolver is generally the best handgun for the casual carry person.

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