Picking The Right Gun


Now, when you’re picking a handgun you could just go to informative sites like Gunivore, but it’s also very important to consider just what you’re going to be using it for. I think that’s definitely the first consideration you should take when you’re trying to buy a firearm, as you probably wouldn’t get a tiny snub nosed pistol for range shooting, and you wouldn’t pick up a desert eagle for concealed carry. There is, of course, many more considerations that must be considered before actually picking out a gun, but knowing what you’ll be using it for is definitely first and foremost. There is no strictly second thing for you to be checking, as everything that comes afterwards is roughly equal, even price range isn’t that much of a big issue, as there is usually a large selection no matter what price range you want to go to. However, this isn’t to say that price range shouldn’t be considered, it is just saying that you should take price range as not being the most important.

And while there is no specific next thing for you to be considering, I will still be going over them in an order. There is no special meaning to the order, it’s just the way I wrote it. After you’ve decided on what you’ll be using your pistol for, you next need to figure out what will feel comfortable in your hand. This isn’t something that you can really do at home, so you’ll have to ask the owner of the gun shop that you’ll be going to for assistance. Another important factor is the weight of the gun. If the gun is too heavy, keeping it steady is going to be impossible, and while this may be okay for range shooting, where you might be able to rest your

Clockwise starting at topleft: Glock G22, Glock G21, Kimber Custom Raptor, Dan Wesson Commander, Smith & Wesson Air Weight .357, Ruger Blackhawk .357, Ruger SP101, Sig Sauer P220 Combat.

arm on something, it would make a gun completely useless for day to day carry or home defense. Obviously there is no such thing as too light of a gun, so don’t worry about that. Once you’ve found the type of gun you want, that’s the right size and weight for your hand, it’s time to get down to price. A lot of guns are made very similarly to other guns, with other manufacturers using different materials or internal components. These small changes can actually add up to a lot of difference, as some metals are much heavier than others. Something to consider as well at this stage is magazine capacity. Although this step isn’t the most pressing, it’s still worth considering. Lastly, when you have a gun that fits your needs, your hand, and your price range, it’s time to start considering looks. Looks is honestly the least important part of the gun, as what you need is for the gun to work, not to look pretty. If you’re looking for wall ornaments, a fully functional firearm is not the best choice. But it is important that you like your purchase, so after you have narrowed it down enough, you can narrow it down even further, and then make your choice.

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Glock 17 & 19 – Head To Head

So you’ve got your aim on point and are in the market for a new handgun. As one of the most reputable gun manufacturers that exists in the world, there is no shortage of quality products to be had when browsing Glocks’ impressive catalog of handguns. However, there are certainly different needs had by different gun owners, and both advantages and disadvantages to owning certain kinds of guns. Therefore, it’s important to remember that when comparing and contrasting guns, the question isn’t necessarily ‘which gun is superior’, the question is, ‘which gun is better suited to satisfy my needs and wants in a firearm’?glock 17 vs 19

Cream Of The Crop

Two of the most popular models ever released by Glock are the Glock 17 and the Glock 19. Both handguns and frequently employed as self-defense weapons, the Glock 17 and the Glock 19 are critically acclaimed as well as universally praised. Don’t believe me? Gunivore.com has a Glock 17 vs 19 article that compares these powerhouse guns. Not only do these Glock models represent successful model launches on behalf of Glock, they have been trends-setters in the industry, creating revolutions in handguns that have been both admired and copied in the industry by virtually all of Glock’s competitors.  There are a number of distinctions and differences to dissect when discussing the Glock 17 and the Glock 19, all of which make the guns different and unique. However, one is not necessarily superior to the other – rather, they are different than each other. The greatest and most vital difference in these two firearms is the size. The Glock 19 is something of a sequel to, or a successor to the Glock 17 and therefore is very similar to the Glock 17, however it is a smaller firearm – and there is enough of a size difference that this makes something of a big difference.

However, the size difference is not necessarily a good or a bad thing – rather, people with smaller hands generally tend to favor the Glock 19, due to the improved comfort and fit, while folks with larger hands find comfort with the Glock 17’s larger frame and grip.

In my experience, the Glock 17 usually features better build quality – not that there is anything wrong with or lacking in the Glock 19 build, but the Glock 17 is legitimately one of the most well-made guns I have ever had the pleasure of firing, and I have fired a number of Glock 17’s in my day – I’m not just talking about one version of the model.

glock 17 vs 19 ccwSomething else to consider, especially when considering buying one of these Glock’s as a self-defense weapon, is size in regards to concealed carrying. If you’re going to concealed carry, it may be in your best interests to pursue the Glock 19 as opposed to the Glock 17, even if your hands are on the larger side, given the fact that smaller guns are far easier to concealed carry. However, this depends on the wants and needs of the gun owner, and it is for this reason that I advise visiting a range or gun shop and trying these guns in person before purchasing. A gun is a major purchase, and should be given the appropriate amount of thought, attention, and caution that it deserves. Good luck!

Get On Target!

Whether it’s the English language or target practice, perfection takes practice. No one likes being a bad shot. There’s something unmanly about using guns with any kind of regularity but not having adequate skill in shooting them – marksmen are universally praised, so inversely, poor shots should be criticized, right? Well, that’s usually the way it goes, particularly in military circles. As someone who served in the military, I can safely say that there is a correlation between the respect and reverence a soldier receives and their abilities with a gun – chances are, a lousy shot won’t advance far enough in the military to find himself in an admirable position anyway. The point is, I’m here to tell you that you can in fact change your fortunes if you’re a struggling would-be marksmen, and it’s a relatively simple process to accomplish this.target

The bottom line is and always will be this: practice makes perfect. There’s no substitution for good old fashioned practice. I don’t necessarily subscribe to the 10,000 hours of practice theory, but that doesn’t mean I don’t believe that the logic embedded in the theory holds true – the more you work at something, the better you will get at it. It’s that simple. However, with that being said, there are still some measure you can take to ensure that your shooting improves, and ensure that your practice time is being utilized in the most efficient, best way.

Firstly, try out different drills with different guns. You’re not going to become a better shot with a shotgun or an assault rifle if the only guns you practice with are handguns, and you’re not going to become better from 30 yards if you’re only practicing your shooting from 10 yards. Make sure your practices are geared to suit your needs and wants – if you want to become better with a certain gun, or from a certain distance, don’t neglect to practice with that gun or from that distance.range

Secondly, you’re going to want to make sure that your gun is optimized for shooting. For example, I was recently using a Glock 18 with damaged sights for an extended period of time – the adjustment that I made to compensate for the damaged sights legitimately influenced my shooting in a negative way. If you’re going to be using guns for extended periods of time, you need to make sure those guns are in tip-top shape so as to ensure that you are reinforcing the right kinds of habits and not the bad kinds.

Lastly, it is absolutely imperative that for the sake of improving your shooting, you absolutely must work on and perfect your form. Holding a gun sideways while shooting, or dual-wielding hand guns is a recipe for disaster. Make sure that from the start your form when shooting is on-point, as once again, reinforcing bad habits is going to hurt you in the long term as well as the short term. Taking lessons with an instructor or an experienced friend is always a good idea for beginner shooters or anyone who is using a new, unfamiliar firearm.