The second amendment of the United States constitution gives the people the right to keep and bear arms. It’s a right every American has, and one I believe every American should exercise. Of course regulation in the firearms industry is heavy, and anyone looking to purchase a handgun needs to pass a background check and wait the necessary State mandated time period before taking their firearm home.
But more than that, the process of buying a hand gun shouldn’t begin at the gun store counter. If you are serious about owning any weapon, you should be just as serious about choosing the right firearm for you, and know how to use it safely. The process of owning a firearm begins before you ever step foot in the store, it begins with determining what type of gun you want and you can safely handle. Not all guns are created equal, and with many different safety mechanisms and firing capabilities it’s important to know what you want and need before shooting for the first time.
Two of the most well known and respected firearms makers today are Colt and Glock pistols. These two handgun manufacturers share a tradition of making an excellent product, but the styles and types of guns they make couldn’t be more different.
Colt was one of the very first names in firearms. As such Colt pistols have always been highly desired. In the days of the Wild West, a Colt peacemaker was a prized and well respect sidearm. It was especially respected for its reliability and consistency. In times when you’re lucky to get off one shot, you had to be sure they counted, and that’s what Colt’s peacemaker brought to the table. Later Colt further made a name for itself when it began producing the standardized pistol for the US military.
The Colt model 1911 is one of the most highly respected and sought after hand guns on the market. The value of the 1911 has increased in recent years after Colt’s decision to stop production on them. They are respected for their durability and function. The narrow grip and traditional safety make this pistol one that is easy and enjoyable for anyone to shoot.
While Glock hasn’t been around as long as Colt, Glock has enjoyed an equal amount of success. The Glock company was founded in Austria by engineer Gaston Glock, who had no prior experience designing firearms. A pioneer in their own right Glock manufactures hand guns made almost entirely of a synthetic polymer frame.
The other distinguishing feature of a Glock pistol is the “safe action” safety system Glock employs. Instead of using a traditional switch safety on the exterior of the weapon, Glock hand guns combine a trigger safety with two internal safety features to create a hand gun that won’t misfire, but doesn’t need to be switched from a safe to ready position. Because of their reliability and innovative safety system Glock has become the preferred hand gun for more than 65% of the police forces in the United States, and the side arms provider to many military departments worldwide.
Choosing either of these pistol manufacturers is going to be a good decision. Both offer world class reliability and manufacturing, and if well cared for will last a lifetime and fire on every trigger pull. But for those looking for something a little less practical and perhaps more fun, Rock river arms manufactures an AR15 rifle that not only looks incredibly intimidating but fires like a charm as well. AR15’s are semi-automatic assault style rifles modeled after the military’s M16 powerhouse. While an AR15 might not make the best hunting rifle, it does command a lot of attention at the range and is a favorite of many collectors and gun enthusiasts.
As an American citizen it’s your right to keep and own a firearm. But if you do decide a handgun is the right choice for you, make sure you take the time to learn how to handle and fire it safely, as well as do your research and select the right make, model, and caliber pistol for you. And when you step up to the register to pay for your new handgun, make sure to also purchase a lockbox or safe, because firearms safety isn’t only about using guns properly, it’s about preventing them from slipping into the hands of inexperienced shooters and children. Be respectful, be responsible, and be safe while enjoying your new hand gun.
About the Author:
This article is written by Jayson Bailey.