If there is one thing you can count on in the “gun world” it’s strong opinions. Everyone has got an opinion and no one has ever been wrong. That’s a problem in my eyes because it can cause some serious safety issues.
As most of you know, I teach quite a few firearms related classes. Ranging from the most basic of classes, the NRA Basic Pistol Class, to advanced classes like our Drawing From a Holster Class. In each one I always emphasize the importance of self-awareness, common sense and consistent training with each student in order to become a safe and responsible gun owner. I also express my disdain for the “know it all” gun owner/gun salesperson.
There is no one size fits all when it comes to guns. There is no “best caliber”. Glock’s (or any polymer frame striker-fired pistol) are no better than 1911 style handguns, or vice versa. There is no best way to conceal carry your pistol (with a chambered round or with without). What’s best for each gun owner should be determined by the gun owner themselves. Not the grumpy, crusty old guy behind the gun shop counter.
Frankly, it’s gun owners like this that give the rest of us a bad name. It makes it more intimidating for potential new gun people to join our ranks. Who wants to be ridiculed for their choice of firearm manufacturer? No one wants to be looked down upon because of their choice of caliber. We should be looking out for one another not hindering the growth of our ranks
Ultimately, this sort of behavior can lead to safety issues. Most notably it can lead to unasked questions. The unasked question is the only “dumb” question when it comes to firearms safety. It can also create other issues concerning the safe operation of a firearm, such as proper unloading and clearing of the firearm to make it safe. Of all things related to firearms it is safety that is of the upmost importance. This “I know what’s best for you” attitude is a real safety issue.
Gun owners (especially new gun owners) need to make good sound decisions about what’s best for them. They should do their own research, consult knowledgeable shooters and purchase their firearm from a reputable dealer. All too often gun owners allow others to influence their decisions and then end up with an inappropriate firearm. Gun owners need to be self-aware enough, and use their common sense, to make an informed and appropriate gun purchase and related decisions. Listening to someone who thinks one size fits all when it comes to firearms isn’t a smart idea.