More women than ever before are stepping foot into gun stores to buy their first firearm. Whether it is a handgun for personal protection or a rifle or shotgun for sport, purchasing a firearm can be intimidating for any first time gun buyer and especially for a female with no previous gun buying experience.
Finding the Right Gun
There are a lot of knowledgeable salesmen who offer great advice for women regarding firearm purchases; then there are those who have no idea how to help a woman purchase a firearm. Take it from me; I have encountered both types at gun stores while looking for a firearm.
I remember being completely overwhelmed by a fast talking salesman trying to sell me what he called “a sexy little sidearm.” The problem with that was I was not looking for something sexy.
And then there was the salesman who thought I should be packing a large frame .50 caliber handgun for the sole purpose of intimidating any would-be-bad-guy who might try to harm me. The “Dirty Harry” salesman as I called him, had one thing right, this handgun would have certainly intimidated people, including me who, at the time, was a first-time gun buyer.
Luckily, I figured out “Harry” was banking on the notion that it would not take long for me to figure out the handgun was not practical for my needs and I would most likely end up asking him to sell it on consignment. This gave him two chances to make money off me, all because I would have let him talk me into purchasing a gun that was not practical for what I needed at that time.
No thanks! The key word to remember when shopping for a personal gun is the word “me,” after all that is who will be doing the shooting.
Nowadays when I look at buying a firearm, any firearm, I try to keep the five C’s in mind and use this system as I navigate through the maze of firearms.
Of course there are other things I may need to look at when making a purchase, and I almost always stick to these five points to help me determine if a particular firearm is a good fit for me.
The five C’s are …
- Consumer savvy
Let’s take a look at the first one: caliber.
If you are purchasing a handgun for personal protection, caliber may make a difference in three other categories, so it is important to consider the options.
- Which caliber do I want — 9 mm or .40 caliber?
- Can I easily buy ammo in the caliber I am checking out?
- Which caliber has more knockdown power?
- How much knockdown power do I really need?
There is a “Dirty Harry” salesman around every corner trying to convince women they need to buy bigger calibers. Doing some research ahead of time to determine a few optimal caliber choices for the intended use helps you avoid falling for “bigger is better” sales pitch.
Caliber choice is one of the first things I look at and consider when shopping for a gun.
In Part 2 of “The Five C’s of Gun Buying,” we will look at the rest of my basic gun buying guidelines.
Do you have a suggestion or tip when buying a gun? Share it with us in the comment section.