Skip to comments.Should I Buy a Gun?
Posted on 11/17/2011 12:34:11 AM PST by neverdem
I have never owned a gun. Matter of fact, I have fired a gun a grand total of one time in my life. I shouldered a shotgun out in the north Georgia woods when I was nineteen years old and fired at a milk bottle filled with water as a target. The kick from the gun nearly tore my shoulder off, since I obviously had no clue what I was doing. I have no idea if I came close to hitting that jug.
I have never wanted to own a gun. I fish. No need to shoot fish, though I am sure that takes place. I have never been hunting. I am not opposed to it in any way; it just works out that I have never been asked to join a hunting party by my father or brother-in-law -- and considering my lifetime gun résumé to this point, that is, for their sake, likely a very good thing.
What I have done is held a pistol in self-defense. Robbed at gunpoint when I was working at a gas station off Interstate 20 east of Atlanta in 1978, I grabbed the pistol the owner kept under the counter and (for some silly eighteen-year-old-full-of-vinegar-manhood-thingy) chased the dirtbag out the door. Of course, I had already hit the silent alarm, and the next person yelling at me to drop the gun was the second person who had pointed a gun at me in the span of six minutes -- only he was wearing a cool blue uniform and waving a standard-issue .357 magnum of the DeKalb County Police Department.
So my personal, limited experience with guns is not good. Actually it's just this side of tragic. But I have considered, and now again...
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Just realized you said you had a gun pointed at you by a Dekalb County Police Officer.
Welcome to the club my man!
Do not buy a gun unless you are willing to take the time to learn to handle it properly.
Now is a better time than ever. Buy several.
You just need to become educated on firarms and get tested as to which calibre is right for you.
Not everybody is meant to hold a 44 Magnum.
One does not shoot fish. One uses dynamite for this.
Get a 4" .357. Use it to learn proper shooting technique. Then put it in your car for a car gun.
Took a Brit friend shooting the other day. First time in his life he ever held a gun. He was pretty good too. Plus he was happier than a pig in slop :)
Not can, but will.
“You will be my friend!”
Everyone should own at least two or three guns, and keep enough ammo on hand so they’ll run for awhile.
Several years back got on a freeper thread about home protection and the consensus came out to a particular shot gun for home protection and that's what I bought...Its home now and I am comfortable about it, but did shoot it several different times at the daughter house...She lives in the woods with a driveway 1/3 mile off the rural road...
I purchased a youth because the adult shotgun was too long for my arm reach. Its a Remington 870. Tried several others at the gun shop, but this was also the most comfortable..
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Could have written This myself. I am 54. Shot a shotgun once. Gave myself a helluva black eye. ( yeah I didn’t know what I was doing either).
THIS Christmas I am buying a shotgun for EXACTLY the same reasons as this author.
My house was shot at during 2008 election.
They didn’t like my yard sign.
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See GoatGranny’s post above. If you are on the small and light side I think a good FIRST gun is the Remington 870 in 20 gauge, and maybe even a youth model. Although my wife is on the short and light side and does fine with my full size model (20 ga.)
She doesn’t like the 12 gauge.
A pump shotgun is relatively easy to use and clean, can be loaded with a variety of ammo (cheap bird shot for practice, buckshot for in-the-home defense, and slugs for longer shots or to put a close-range deer on the dinner table).
Also find a gun range to practice at. I know with handguns you can rent a bunch of different kinds to see what you like and what feels good to you. I suppose some places might have shotguns and rifles too.
Of course if you mainly are concerned about your safety walking home at night from the bus stop - then perhaps the shotgun isn’t the best choice for your first gun!
When you have a choice, go comfortable! The reasons are simply physical.
***Of course if you mainly are concerned about your safety walking home at night from the bus stop - then perhaps the shotgun isnt the best choice for your first gun!****
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