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By Jim Gilliland
Why do you want a firearm? This question has implications that far exceed the simplicity of its six words. Most will answer simply “for protection” without understanding that the mere ownership of a firearm has never nor will ever protect you from anything. Even worse, it gives the uninformed a false sense of security. The truth is that owning a firearm for protection brings a responsibility to understand the its functions well enough to be able to load, unload, fire and correct simple malfunctions under normal range shooting as well as stressful situations.
Owning a firearm for protection means you are not only taking your own self-defense into account but also that of every other person that might be around you. Quality professional training is a must. For perspective, the first time you parallel parked was not while taking your driver’s license test. You practiced it countless times before, probably starting with cones in an empty parking lot, then on the street without cars, and eventually on a street with cars. Even after mastering the method, many of us still pick and choose the spots we’re comfortable pulling off the maneuver.
Well, you will likely never have the opportunity to pick and choose a threat situation where you might have to perform. Taking the time to train, prepare and practice for many different situations should be on your to-do list.
How you intend to carry and use the firearm will directly influence the size, shape, type and caliber of you should be interested in. If you only wish to shoot targets on a standard range, there is no reason to pick a small profile, large caliber handgun designed for concealable self-defense. But if you do want a gun to carry or for home protection, there are some guidelines that should be followed.
Becoming the empowered armed citizen you were imagining when you first had the interest in owning a firearm for protection takes time and dedication, but the rewards give you a lifetime of returns you otherwise might not be afforded. Follow these steps and stay the course to enjoy confidence and self sufficiency you’ve never known.
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