One of the most common questions we get is, “what is the best gun?” In reality, that’s a very broad question. It’s like asking who has the best food or the best brand of ice cream. It’s simply a matter of personal preference. But we can help you narrow it down.

1. What is the purpose of the firearm?

Most guns are build for a purpose: concealed carry, practical shooting, recreational shooting. Some manufacturers have tried to breach the gap between concealed carry and practical shooting, but few have succeeded.

Concealed carry guns are typically smaller guns build for the purpose of being easily hideable. While these guns are extremely easy to conceal, very rarely are they “enjoyable” to shoot recreationally. The most common calibers for carry guns are .380ACP and 9mm.

As stated before, some manufacturers have made guns that are a crossbreed, these are typically compact or subcompact guns. But these are still a little large for some people to conceal comfortably on their person, but they do allow you to carry quite a bit more ammunition in your magazine.

Practical shooting and recreational shooting guns are typically going to be a larger than concealed carry guns. They are also going to be a little more enjoyable to shoot, as the mass of the gun will help manage the recoil. However, these guns are almost impossible to conceal.

2. Semi-Auto or Revolver?

While both have advantages and disadvantages, it is up to the individual which they prefer.

Semi-Auto refers to a gun that will fire one shot per trigger pull, and it will typically take a magazine that will house the bullets. Semi-Autos are popular because they allow you to carry at least twice the amount of bullets in the gun compared to a revolver. Downfalls of the semi-auto platform are: Malfunctions are more common, there are more moving parts which could cause accuracy issues.

Revolvers are guns that operate from a cylinder on the gun rather than a magazine. The cylinder can typically hold 5 to 6 bullets. They tend to be a little reliable and accurate, but they do not hold as many bullets as the semi-auto and they have a little more recoil.

3. One size does not fit all:

Gun manufactures all build their guns in different shapes and sizes. There really is not a “one size fits all”. Some guns can be too wide for some people or too skinny for others. It doesn’t matter what gun it is, if it does not feel comfortable in your hands, you’re going to suck at shooting it.

4. Try before you buy:

Try out various guns before you buy one. Find a shooting range in your area that has rentals, and shoot as many as you can until you find one that you enjoy. In most cases, people are buying guns for personal protection, not sure why anyone would trust their life to something they have never used.

5. Train, train, train:

After you have decided on a gun and made your purchase, you need to train with it. Whether it is attending courses or hitting the range, get out and use it. Just because you bought it, it does not mean you are safer. A carpenter doesn’t buy a hammer and consider himself a professional. He must have training, and a lot of it. As do gun owners. Do not discount the importance of training and being familiar with you gun.

When all is said and done, nobody can tell you what gun is best for you. Only you can decide that, we cannot hold a gun for you and make it comfortable, we can just point you in the right direction.