This coming weekend GrabAGun is going to hold its first CHL Training Course. We’ve hired a top notch NRA certified instructor with many years of shooting experience. We’re planning to hold them once or twice a month going forward for anyone local who may be interested. If you would like more information or would like to sign up for the course, please give us a call at (972) 552-7246.
In honor of our new education course I thought I would spend some time discussing concealed carry weapons. Everyone seems to have an opinion on this topic and I would love to hear your thoughts. I’ve put a few of my favorite concealed carry weapons below.
Concealed Carry Weapons Options
I’ll start with a good economical choice, the Kahr CM9. I know what you are going to say. When buying an item to protect yourself and your family, saving money is not the best thing to go on. But this is a very solid 9MM pistol that holds 6 rounds with a 3 inch barrel. The CM9 is super light at 15.9 ounces. One of the issues I have is the trigger pull feels a lot longer than I would like for a concealed carry weapon. That being said, it really is a good value if budget is an issue for you.
A new player in the concealed carry weapons market is the Smith & Wesson Shield. Early April 2012 Smith & Wesson announced and released a new M&P pistol. This is an ideal concealed carry weapon. Not only does it have a 3.1 inch barrel, but it also holds 8 rounds. The other feature that makes this pistol superior to many other concealed carry weapons' is the thickness (less than an inch thick). The Shield weighs in around 19 ounces so it is very easy to conceal. This is a great shooting pistol that comes in both 9mm and .40. The only issue with this pistol is your ability to purchase one! They should become easier to find later in the year but right now they are few and far between.
The final concealed carry weapon I would like to highlight is the 2012 offering from Springfield Armory, the XDS. The XDS is around 1” thick with a 3.3” barrel. It’s roughly the same size as the Shield but weighs slightly more at 21.5 ounces. The two great features of this pistol are the fiber optic front sight and the fact that it is a .45! This pistol shoots as well as a full size XDM with a trigger that feels very similar to its larger XDM brother. In my opinion the XDS is the ultimate concealed carry weapon.
Since we are all different shapes and sizes with different shooting preferences, what works for me, or someone else you know for a concealed carry weapon, may not work for you. Before making your final decision on a concealed carry weapon make sure you like the way the weapon looks, feels and shoots. If you have a favorite carry weapon right now please let us know!
In our line of business you see no shortage of guns for sale. New guns for sale, used guns for sale, old guns for sale and so forth. It seems that everyone has a different reason for buying and selling firearms and it is always an interesting story. I find that when looking for guns for sale it’s good to get an idea of who used them previously and for what purpose. Let’s examine a few of the reasons below:
1) Home Protection
Some people purchase their firearms for home protection only. When they find guns for sale online or in a local gun shop they are only interested in how well they can protect their family and property. Most of the time this person is only concerned with the function of the firearm and gives little credence to the look and feel. These firearms typically have little use and are good to purchase used. Here is a good place to start in finding the right gun for you. Click on Hand Guns self defense or Shot Guns for self defense to see the great selection of self defense guns.
This is a savvy shopper who is fairly particular to their manufacturer and caliber(s) because they have used something similar for hunting for a number of years. Their firearms get used and often. That being said, most hunters are fairly meticulous about keeping a clean firearm so that it will work for them 100% of the time when in the field. Hunting rifle will be the most common firearm you will find most hunters having. Second will be the hunting shotgun. Look for these firearms to show signs of use and wear but in good shape functionally.
3) Shooting Enthusiast
When you find guns for sale from a gun enthusiast you will see some of the more fun guns to own. They typically have a lot of rounds through them but they look good physically. These are good firearms to purchase used as the shooting enthusiast loves to sell and trade all of the time.
These are the most meticulous of firearm owners. They typically buy higher end firearms and shoot them only once or twice. These firearms are always in top aesthetic condition. Expect to pay a lot of money if buying from a collector even if the gun’s value has diminished over the years. They are always proud of their collections and do not like to get rid of them unless it’s at a premium.
Firearms are a lifelong investment that can be better than cash if you know what you are purchasing. Always make sure you understand the history of a firearm if you are buying one used or new. If you are wanting to trade up to a new firearm consider keeping your old model and saving up vs. trading it in. Before you know it you will have a collection of firearms that will be worthy of home protection, hunting, shooting or collecting!
There is a lot of debate as to which is the best place to purchase a firearm. Should you go to one of the many online gun shops or one of your local gun stores? This seems to be a fairly polarizing argument that should be examined further. Since we are both a local gun store and an online gun shop I thought I would take a look this argument.
I think the optimal place to purchase a firearm is not as cut and dry as most people think and everyone should be asking themselves several questions before moving forward with their next purchase.
Here are a few questions to consider when looking at online gun shops like GrabAGun.com or local gun stores:
1) Have you ever seen or held this firearm prior to making this purchase? It is a good idea to have seen or shot a firearm prior to buying. This will save you a lot of headache and disappointment from buying guns that you don’t really like. Your best bet for a good deal is to browse the local gun stores and gun shows to try and put your hands on the gun before making a purchase. Then compare the prices online to make sure you are getting a good enough deal.
2) Have you looked at all the costs associated with purchasing the firearm? Whether you are looking local or at online gun shops you need to make sure you take into account sales tax, credit card fees, FFL transfer fees and shipping costs. Many online gun shops have great prices but then have hidden credit card fees. Similarly your local gun store will quote you cash prices that do not take into account sales tax. It’s always good to make sure you see every fee up front before making your decision.
3) How quickly do you want this firearm? In a lot of cases you would think your local gun store is the obvious place to go for this. But if you consider that many online gun shops have a much more comprehensive selection of firearms you might be much better off buying online. You should also look at the shipping times for each of the online gun shops to make sure you have an exact understanding of how long it will take to receive your firearm. There are many that hide their shipping times because they may take 7-10 days to ship your firearm. Make sure you have them quote your shipping times up front.
Purchasing firearms from online gun shops or local gun stores should be a fun experience. If you take your time and ask plenty of questions up front you should have a much more enjoyable experience. Good luck!