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Feb 15th, 2006 | By | Category: Articles
This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Practical Defensive Handgun

Which handgun should I buy? This question comes up all of the time. The simple answer is “The one that you are willing to carry.” So much is made today about the pros and cons of this manufacture or that one, this caliber being better than that one, metal or polymer frame, automatic or revolver and single or double action. All of that may be important at some point in time but the big issues are whether or not you are willing to carry the weapon and whether or not you are competent with it. In the middle of the fight the best made weapon loaded with the best ammunition in the best caliber does you NO good if it is at home in your cabinet instead of here in your hands.
There are many high quality firearms on the market in a huge assortment of configurations. Most are of a simple nature and efficient design. Personal preference is going to play a part in your choice of weapon or perhaps a departmental policy, if you are employed as some form of “gun toter.” Also consider what you intend to do with this highly specialized tool. If it is a service or duty weapon, there are different aspects to look for than if you need a pocket pistol to ward off muggers or a gun to prevent the Grizzly Bear from “having YOU for supper.”
Whatever you choose to carry, if the choice is yours, find a weapon that fits your hands and your body. Guns that are too small can be just as problematic as lugging around a cannon.

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Ric has seen 18 years of decorated military service in the United States Marine Corps including earning the Combat Action Ribbon for Action during Operation Desert Storm He has over 20 years of varied civilian law enforcement in a variety of assignments including: Uniformed Patrol where he served as a field Training Officer, Mobile Tactics Team member, Resort Area Operations, Firearms Instructor, and is currently serving as a Major Crimes Investigator.

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