21 February 2012

5 resources for the beginning gun buyer

Home and self defense is part of preparedness planning. While there are many aspects to defense, it's common for many preppers to make firearms a part of their plans.

This post is geared toward the novice, mainly those just thinking about buying a gun or those new to the world of firearms.

Please note that I do not consider myself an "expert" on guns. I have my opinions and points of view, like many. The resources I present here are things that I've personally found interesting, useful, and educational.

1. Guns for Dummies Series
by TheLateBoyScout
This series of videos it geared toward those new to firearms, particularly those considering buying their first gun. It's a significant investment of time (around an hour total), and the presenter "meanders" a bit at times, but it's a pretty solid introduction and overview.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

2. Beginners guide to Firearms for Basic Defense & WROL or SHTF scenarios
by PitchmanScotty
Not a bad video, and it broadly aligns with my personal thinking on the basic types of firearms that a novice should at least consider. (I prefer shotgun, revolver, and rifle, with the rifle and revolver in the same caliber.)

3. Buying Your First Handgun
by thebudgetarmory1
This is a longish video (20 minutes), but it does a good job of explaining the different types of handguns and things to consider about each.

4. The Complete Gun Owner: Your Guide to Selection, Use, Safety and Laws

by James Morgan Ayres
This is a clear and concise book that has lots of photographs showing relevant images. The book covers a variety of topics, including:
  • How and where to shoot
  • Effective ways to hunt with a gun
  • How to properly care for your gun so that it's reliable when you need it most
  • Skills for defensive shooting

5. Ayoob on Firearms column (on Backwoods Home magazine's website)
by Massad Ayoob
I enjoy reading Ayoob's columns. I find them educational, and he's very level-headed and rational in his gun discussions. Some relevant articles for this "beginner" discussion are:

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