I don’t care what gun you buy. Really, I don’t.
—Well, I DO, but I’m only going to bother making suggestions or talking with you about it if you are going to 1) actually listen and act on my advice, and 2) plan on having your firearm be more than a talisman held to ward off evil things.
Lately, I’ve seen all sort of people asking some version of the extremely common question: “What gun should I get for self-defense/carry/home defense?” Variations on this also include “What gun should I suggest for my friend…” and “What gun is BEST for….”
After which, you get the common answers of “revolver, because reliable” or “.380, because less recoil” or “.45, because stopping power.” (Though my favorite is “Jiminez, because you don’t need to spend that much–you’ll only shoot it a couple of times.”) A couple of groups I’m in have a lot of these conversations happening.
And almost all answers to questions of this type are nonsense, from people who have no idea what they are talking about with respect to firearms (though they are completely well-meaning!) who also don’t understand anything about ballistics, violence, and self-defense.
If someone gives an answer before anyone asks the following questions, then those answers are nonsense that may not be even remotely relevant:
- Is this for daily carry, range practice, or home defense?
- What experience do you have with guns? With rifles, shotguns, or handguns?
- Are you actually going to practice with this?
There are of course more questions needed if you really want to help someone choose a good firearm for their situation–but if no one has asked even those basic three, then no one has any idea what they should suggest which means that their suggestions ONLY relate to what THEY happen to like no matter how much those suggestions are completely inappropriate for the situation.
So if you ask me–sure, we can have a conversation about finding an appropriate firearm for your needs and requirements that is reliable and accurate for you to use competently under stress. I am happy to talk guns, and am fine with helping you choose one that fits your needs as well as possible.
But if you aren’t going to practice with it, or don’t plan on actually following my advice because you actually just want validation of your own choice (most likely based on cosmetic details and marketing hype)—we don’t need to actually talk about it. Sure, go buy that Judge. Or that Jiminez. Or that Hi-Point. Whatever. If you have it on you and can get it out in time during a self-defense situation, and it goes bang at least once, it really won’t matter which one you have. All guns will be equally poor choices for you. You’ll be equally as unlikely to hit anything no matter what gun you have, and many self-defense situations end with just showing the firearm or after the first (defensive) shot. So you’ll have a chance at getting equally lucky with your defensive actions no matter what gun you decided to buy.
People ACTUALLY interested in self-defense wouldn’t rely on that, of course. But those people would practice and make good choices with respect to equipment. If you aren’t one of those, and plan on having your firearm-shaped talisman simply create a magic bubble that doesn’t allow evil near you…
…buy whatever you want. I can’t help you. So I don’t care what gun you get. (If I did care, all it would do is frustrate me because you aren’t actually interested in being able to defend yourself. You think that the gun will do that for you, and I can’t help that type of thinking.)
So I don’t care what gun you buy.
I have to include the Dynamic Pie Concepts Ultimate Hi-Point video, because it is brilliant.