Three Gun Myths That Need to Die

Gun MythsEditor’s Note: This piece on gun myths was submitted by Living Ready reader Joseph Terry. Terry is a retired law enforcement instructor who now offers tips for using firearms as a tool for preparedness.

It’s important to stay level-headed with any element of preparedness, but it’s especially true when it comes to firearms. There are plenty of assumptions about their use during personal protection encounters. Don’t fall for the hype. If firearms are part of your preparedness plans, you owe it to yourself and your family to seek training from professionals.


Three Gun Myths that Need to Die

by Joseph Terry

Guns come with a ton of mythology that can get you killed. Here I will bust three of the most common gun myths.

Gun Myth #1: It’s Enough to Just Have a Gun for Personal Protection

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Purchasing a firearm for personal protection when you don’t get adequately trained in its use is just like handing your kid the keys to the car without a driving class.

Think about the effective use of that firearm. It’s the ability to deliver, in less than two seconds, two adequate projectiles into the center chest area of a person who has demonstrated the intent and capacity to do you lethal harm at distances of 10 feet to 25 yards.

Do that while you are so amped on adrenalin that you can’t see straight, take a deep breath or perform any fine motor functions.

Get the picture? A gun without effective and frequent training is a hollow threat.

Gun Myth #1 Solution

When you go to the gun store, don’t buy a gun (yet). Ask where you can get good training.

All serious shoot schools and gun clubs have “loaner” guns, and they are both friendly and effective at giving a beginner a good launch pad.

Before you buy any gun, get trained first in basic gun handling safety and see which guns seem to fit well in your hand and point naturally. (Pick a spot on the wall, close your eyes and point the gun at where you remember the spot to be. Open your eyes. If the gun is on-target, it fits you.)

Get the gun type that is most simple to operate and that fits you, then pick the caliber. Shot placement is much more important than what the gun shoots. Figure into the price of the gun the cost of 500 rounds of ammo for it. (It will take you not less than three hundred rounds to learn to shoot your gun.) Store the remainder of the ammo in a cool, dark place. Price and availability on ammunition will vary widely with the political winds. A gun without ammo is as useful as a microwave oven in a power outage.

It’s also a good idea to take a concealed carry class if one is offered in your area.

2 thoughts on “Three Gun Myths That Need to Die

  1. nimrod666

    By some estimate a firearm is used more than 1,000,000 times a year to stop a crime without a shot being fired. Any firearm is better than no firearm. In a vast majority of cases no shots are fired. So yes, in most cases just having a firearm is enough. It does not even to need to be loaded to be effective. Yes I do advocate taking a safety course and practice, but in the meanwhile do not leave your firearm at home. For many people the only firearm they can afford is the cheapest ones made and for self defense they will work. They might not win any competition, but they will save your life in 95% of all confrontations. The only 5% that they will not work is in a drug induced rage and that requires a lethal shot to the brain or nervous system. If your .25 Raven does not stop them it is a pretty sure bet a Springfield XP in .45 won’t either. I don’t know the exact numbers, but I would bet there are more civilian deaths from .22 than any other caliber. A hit with a .22 beats the heck out of a miss with a .44 mag. With the price of ammo being what it is a .22 just might be the ticket for a new gun owner. They just might be able to afford ammo to practice with. As for as a gun range that lets you move around with a hot weapon, good luck or bring a lot of cash. If all you can afford is a Davis .32 cal. derringer and a box of shells, get it. It just might be the difference between life and death. Don’t bother with a .22 mag. in a handgun as they are less powerful than a .22 LR. and costs a lot more for a lot less. Try to obey all the gun laws in your area, but if you can’t. remember it is better to be tried by twelve than to be carried by six.
    And last of all remember what an expert is i.e.
    EX (1)a has been. (2) one that is left behind. (3) a former practitioner of the subject in question.
    SPERT (1) a drip under pressure (2) a small amount of liquid under high pressure.

  2. jhend170

    Just a minor thing… live ammunition doesn’t care if it’s in light or dark. It does, however, need to be stored in cool and DRY place. “Keep your powder dry” as a fairwell has its origins in the muzzle-loading, black powder era, but it still holds true today as high humidity like here in Houston can oxidize cases and degrade powder, but light or dark, the ammo doesn’t know the difference.