Buying a gun, especially a handgun for concealed carry, can be intimidating for new guns owners but it doesn’t have to be.
All you have to do is ask yourself a few pointed questions to take the guess and stress out of selecting and carrying your new handgun!
Here are Five Critical Questions that will make buying and carrying the right handgun stress-free:
Does it fit my hand?
It’s this easy; you don’t fit the gun, the gun needs to fit you. If you can’t get into the range to shoot a gun before you buy it (which I highly recommend!!!), you at least need to get a hold of it and handle the grip to make sure it fits your hand and feels good in your shooting grip.
Without a good grip, your gun is no good to you. Between the Sig P365, Smith & Wesson M&P Shield, Glock 43, Walther PPQ, Ruger LCR, Springfield XD9, etc. there’s no shortage of great options on the market and one of them will definitely fit your grip a’la Goldilocks: JUST RIGHT.
It’s essential, so make sure it fits you!
How will I carry it?
When mentoring new gun owners, my number one tip used to be ‘Always on your person, never in your purse’ but I know that some women (and men) prefer to or need to carry off the body. I’ve come to terms with the fact that if this is the only way someone will carry a gun for protection, then I want to make sure they are doing it safely.
In any case, you need to ask yourself how you’ll be carrying your new handgun to make sure it works with that method. Whether it’s in a Purse Defender, on a Pac Mat, secured with a belly band, or in a traditional holster, you need to make sure it fits – whether that means having a low profile for appendix carry or ensuring your carry method protects the trigger if you choose a gun without an external safety.
That being said, prepare to buy several options because oftentimes, that’s exactly what you’ll need.
What will I need to go with my new gun?
It’s not just the gun, it’s the accessories that will make or break you. I may have gotten my first handgun, a Smith & Wesson 9MM Shield, at a great price but I definitely didn’t budget in all the accessories I needed to go with her!!
You’ll need ammo, both for practice and self-defense, a place to safely store your gun, eye and ear protection, practical tools to protect and educate your children about firearms if you’re a parent, at least one effective way to carry it (if not more), a membership to a local gun range and/or a MantisX system to practice at home, and even tools for your range bag to make loading magazines easier like the Maglula Loader.
Money well spent if you ask me, but you also need to make sure you don’t buy the gun and lose the right to carry it. Consider donating to a Pro-Second Amendment Organization and purchasing self-defense insurance to protect your rights! These go hand-in-hand with gun ownership.
What do I need to do before I start to carry this firearm?
No matter which state you live in, you need to make sure you’re following local and federal laws and are a capable shooter equipped to carry before you start. That means knowing the law, being comfortable drawing and shooting your firearm, and feeling confident in your ability to effectively defend yourself or protect those around you should anyone threaten your lives.
Taking a concealed carry course is smart, even if it isn’t required by the state because trainers have real world experience in your area and are able to share practical advice of their own and from former students.
Books are good, training is better, a combination of the two is best, and multiplying them with practice practice practice is ideal.
What can I do to ensure I continue my training?
With national groups like A Girl and A Gun and the Pink Pistols emerging on the scene in addition to the hundreds of long-standing sportsman’s clubs across America and no shortage of training available from coast to coast, it’s easier than ever for all gun owners to continue training and practice with their firearms!
Get started, plug in, meet new friends, and continue advancing your skills – it’s easy and fun!
So there it is: your answers to these questions will make buying a new or your next handgun and carrying it easy.
Carry on and carry often – an armed society is a polite society and our society could certainly benefit from a few more good guys and gals with a gun!
About the Author:
Jenn Jacques is an outspoken Second Amendment defender, concealed carry advocate, champion of gun safety, a Visiting Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum, and an outdoorswoman who enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and drinking outdoors, preferably in her beloved home state of Wisconsin.
You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or shooting at any number of gun ranges across this great country!
8 thoughts on “5 Critical Questions That Make Buying (and Carrying) the Right Handgun Stress-Free”
I completely agree with how you explained that you should always follow the federal laws as well as the local laws when you are handling firearms. My brother in law really likes collecting guns and he told me that he would like to find a place to buy some more when he comes to visit, so I told him I would help him search. I really hope that we are able to find the right service soon that we could contact in order to accomplish his goal.
Thanks for pointing out that you should be comfortable with your gun before you purchase it. I’m getting older and older, and I feel as I might be an easy target for burglaries. I’ll be sure to find a firearm so I can stay safe!
My spouse and I have thought about getting our certifications for concealed carry in our state. We want to be really safe and responsible so I’ll look for the best classes for us to attend. I like your idea to get some ammo soon so that we can practice shooting so we are prepared.
It makes sense to get a holster that will protect the trigger so that it doesn’t accidentally discharge. My brother is thinking about getting a new gun this year so that he can conceal carry. He needs to be trained properly first so that he is safe around the firearm.
I appreciate your advice to get ammo to help you practice with your handgun. My cousin is trying to get a new handgun that can help him feel more comfortable at home. He needs to find a local class that he can join to learn how to use the gun.
I’m planning on getting a gun, but I want to make sure that I use it right. It makes sense that I would want to consider where I’m going to store it! I’ll make sure that I have a nice and secure gun safe so that my gun doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.
Request advice for my wheel chair bound disable wife. She is very weak hamded and wrist streanth weak. I have not tried a 380. She dropped my 9 mm shield EZ