It’s always a good idea to do some research before you buy something……..something like a new gun. =) The catch is where you go to find information is as important as the decision itself (consider the source). Unfortunately the gun industry has no Consumer Reports you can look at.
One popular source is gun magazines. Keep in mind a couple of things. First, gun magazines make money by selling advertising space. Would company X buy advertising in the magazine if there was a review of their product that wasn’t positive? When was the last time you saw an article with anything less than complements for a gun? Second, gun writers are usually loaned a gun for free to shoot, then they get paid for publishing an article. If they’re honest and say gun X broke after 20 rounds or was uncomfortable then other manufacturers are less likely to loan them a gun and that article will be harder to get published.
The internet has an incredible amount of information available; some of it is even valid information. =) Literally anyone can post anything online, there is no truth checking. The person posting can have some real world experience and have done a good job with using a piece of gear before reviewing it, or they can be a 16 year old kid claiming to be a “special forces swat recon seal.”
So how do you decide if the information source is “good” or not? Here are a few things that might be indicators.
Does the person making a suggestion have a sound reason behind why they suggest brand X or caliber X? Can they articulate those reasons?
Avoid the person that get’s overly emotional and has their only justifications as “it’s a great gun” and “I’ve never had a problem with mine.” What makes it a great gun? How often do they shoot? Even if they have never had a problem with brand X it’s a sample size of one. Avoid the person that makes blanket statements. Making blanket statements (always, never, etc.) like that is rarely right (not never right lol).
Having more guns doesn’t make anyone more knowledgeable. If I have 23 guitars that doesn’t automatically make me a great guitar player. That can also mean that there is less time spent with a particular gun. For example, I have 5 different pistols in a safe (different manufacturers and styles), I only regularly use one of them, I couldn’t give as much meaningful feedback on the other 4 pistols.
If possible, it’s always a good idea to try and find someone with the gun you’re thinking of buying and try and shoot it. After all, you wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it first.
Additionally, one of the instructors, Bayan D., explained why we were doing what we were doing. He incorporated his many experiences…As an instructor, Bayan was honest without being insulting, he identified what I was doing wrong and taught me how to fix it. As a result, I saw improvement out of a little more than a single box of .40 ammunition.
THANK YOU, falls short in expressing my gratitude for your help, coaching, and counseling.
Our instructor was funny, informed, and still professional, the course was well-paced, and it was a great experience!
My wife did not seem as apprehensive when I returned to the car;including her in the introduction on firearms and safety seems to have placated her. She still does not like the idea,but now recognizes the need and the emphasis that was stressed on safety!
The FDP Class started promptly at the designated time. Bayan is like the Energizer Bunny. He doesn’t get tired. He doesn’t get hungry. His voice never waivers. He is an excellent speaker and his lectures are programmed to be slow enough for novices but fast-paced enough to maintain the interest of more experienced shooters. Questions were clearly answered as they were presented and safety was constantly stressed as firearms were introduced for gun handling, dry fire and live fire events. Bayan a…
Dad brought out more ammo, but said I didn’t need anymore practice. Lol his face was awesome.” (she did 2 private sessions then went shooting with her father)
Best experience I’ve ever had on the range! I have so much to practice and improve on, but I feel so much more knowledgeable and safe.