First Time Gun Carrier: Gear Check List

Guys, let women choose their own guns.
Guys, let women choose their own guns.
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Biloxi, Mississippi (Ammoland)This morning I had a meeting with a fellow business professional. In addition the business at hand, the topic turned to guns and concealed carry. My friend is a military veteran with some experience as a “Special Investigator” with a government agency, but he hasn’t carried a gun on a regular basis for nearly twenty years.

The specifics of our discourse focused on concealed carry for himself and for his wife. We decided that they both needed to get into our next Armed Living class. Naturally, there were several follow up questions. “What kind of gun should I get for my wife? Where can I find eye and ear protection? What ammunition is best for self-defense?”

As I make my living dealing with all things firearms related, I have to remind myself that there are likely thousands of people asking those questions each day. During this week’s contribution we will spend some time addressing these queries.

Guns for Husbands and Wives

Step number one, if you are a husband recommending a gun to your wife you need to keep in mind that it is HER gun, not an extra one for you. Wives are not necessarily going to appreciate your favorite blaster to the extent you do.  Take your wife to the gun store and the range and let her feel and try out handguns. And no, this is not an excuse for you to give your wife an old gun and buy a new one for yourself.

Women, don’t be shy. I know that gun stores reek of Old Spice and testosterone, but get in there and start asking questions. Wrap your dainty paws around some blue steel and see what you like. Better yet, go to an indoor range and rent a gun or two or three and try them out. Don’t be afraid of buying the wrong gun. If you find that you do not like a gun, you can trade or sell it back to the shop with little trouble.

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