I’m sharing the Honest Outlaw video here mostly for the title. Guns he wished he didn’t buy.
Now, applying that ‘peace time’ remorse to today’s crisis I want to advice everyone who is currently looking for a firearm to do one thing.
Refuse to buy junk just because it is available
I am serious. I just took a look at my distributor and their is no excuse not to get a quality pistol. None. Just because the rainbow hued wonder gun is the last one on the shelf does not mean you need it. Get them to order you something that works or find someone who will. Rainbow hued wonder guns are a just for the hell of it purchases, we’re thinking in serious terms right now.
Don’t accept ‘available now’ as a descriptor for a life saving tool. Believe me, you’ll never get that money back even if you bought at fair panic prices. The peace time price will be next to nothing by comparison. And no one is going to want it, you only wanted it because you were concerned.
What if they don’t have the one I want?
Have a small list of acceptable alternatives. Maybe you can’t get you CZ SP-01 Tactical right now, but another CZ, Beretta, or IWI might be around. The Glock 19’s might be gone but you can get a 34. Heck you might just look at a duty grade .40 or .45 if all the nines are scarce for the moment. It is better than nothing (actually better, some of the goof guns are worse), and unlike the goofy weirdo cheapo option, they do work.
This is a time to place your purchase emphasis on function, then availability, and then specifically desired models. If I wanted a compact and only full size are available I will buy the full size, and so on.
Steer clear of those right now too, especially for you new buyers. Full size handguns, carbines, and pump shotguns for home protection. Don’t think about your CCW type pistols as first options right now, you probably can’t complete the permit process right now anyway. Think about function.
“But my wife or girlf..”
Will shoot a larger frame handgun far better and will shoot most carbines far better and far more comfortably than the handgun. Get your family an M4 (equivalent) from someone who knows how to make it, throw YouTube on in the living room and have everyone start learning and dryfiring.
Alright. Back to your regularly scheduled quarantine.