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“What gun should I get?”

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

This is the second worst question I get asked. The worst is “What gun should I get my wife?”

As a firearms instructor I get asked the above questions frequently.  I normally tend to try to sidestep this question.  The reason for this is There is no pat answer I can give. Each person has unique requirements. Many of those requirements are not obvious to the people asking the questions of me.

I use about half an hour in class describing the pluses and minuses of various types, sizes, weights, and calibers. This allows the student to weigh everything and make an informed decision for themselves.  Frequently after this section I hear students lamenting the gun selection they made before class.

I do feel that it is best for people to try to make a firearm decision based on their particular situation.  That being said I’m leaning toward a generic recommendation of late. The events of the last year have lead me to the following recommendation.  A used Glock 23. I regularly recommend  people buy used guns. I do this because guns have the capacity to run far more rounds than most shooters would be able to afford in their lifetimes.  On top of that most shooters fire their guns very rarely. Even the police trade in guns like these don’t come close to reaching the halfway point in their life expectancy.

As I mentioned the reason leading to this decision being the events of the last year. Anyone even slightly associated with firearms has noticed the problems in inventories.  Ammo in particular has been very difficult at times to acquire. The old common wisdom was get a gun in a common caliber.  The problem with this is if you have a gun in a caliber that is that common and there is an ammo shortage everyone with a gun in that caliber will also be searching for that ammo.

The most common ammo for self defense handgun has been the 9mm.  This ammo was also one of the first to dry up and blow away when the ammo shortage hit.  Less common ammo calibers like the .40 S&W and the .357 SIG were much easier to find. With that in mind I’ve started looking toward something that would help with that.  A handgun with some versatility. A handgun that can fire mutiple calibers and types of ammo.  A handgun in .40 that can be easily converted to a different caliber is the way to go.

The following is one way to achieve it.

Glock 23 for $369.95,-good-to-very-good-condition,-used.-p-64029.html

Convert it to 9mm for $124.95

Add a 9mm mag for $10-$35

So for$530 you get a gun that can shoot two different cartridges.


Convert it to .357 SIG for another $109.95 and it used the same mags as the original .40 S&W Glock 23.

Now for $600 you have a handgun that can run 3 different cartridges.

If you don’t care to go with a slightly larger gun you can save $10.


I am not saying that this is the end all be all of gun solutions.  In the end each person needs to determine if this solution works for them or not.

Aaron Henley

Guns in cars/parking lots.

Monday, November 25th, 2013

There has been a bit of confusion over the guns in cars law. While it did decriminalize having a gun in your private vehicle in most parking lots, it did not remove all repercussions.  You no longer have to worry about being fined, jailed, or loosing your permit if you park in various parking lots.  You could still have ramifications from it however.  There is no employment protection built into that law.


Case in point.  I work for ETSU. They sent out a form showing how the new law breaks down for us as employees and as students.  If you have a Handgun Carry Permit it is no longer a crime but it is a policy violation.


So what happens if you are found to have a gun legally in your car? You will be directed to” immediately remove gun from campus” (bold left off from the original). Then if you are a student The Incident will be reported to “the  appropriate campus office”. If you are an employee   The Incident will be reported to Human Resources.

Make sure you understand the law and how it applies to you.

First time carrying a gun in public.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

I tell my classes that the first time you carry a gun concealed on your person in public you will feel like you have a huge neon sign on your head. This sign has large, red, flashing arrows pointing at you. It also has the word “GUN” flashing on and off on it. You will feel like everyone knows you have a gun. Because you feel this way you will act odd. You will seem suspicious. In cop speak this is known as furtive actions.

You need to get past this quickly.

A good analogy I recently heard from Jack Spirco about this is the first time driving a car.  Remember when you were 16 and the first time you soloed out on a public road.  You were super nervous. You were not exactly sure what you would or should do in every situation.  Now add a cop pulling in behind you… Man! the adrenalin goes through the roof!

Now look at you.  Sometimes you get home and barely remember the drive.

As a person carrying a gun concealed we are aiming for someplace between paranoid and oblivious. We are looking for comfortably confident.

Get comfortable with the gun. Get comfortable having it on you. An easy way to get this practice in a safe way is to carry at home.  You can carry at home or on any property you own with out a permit. So, carry at home. In addition to the practice you get for carrying in the outside world, can you think of a safer place for your gun to be?

Some people who have been carrying for years will get in the habit of disarming when they get home.  I think this is a mistake.  Having the gun on you will be the most secure place it can be.  You will not need to place it in a secure container. You will not need to unload it. By not unloading/reloading the gun every day you won’t place unneeded wear on the cartridges you are cycling through the gun.  Should you need the gun while at home you will have ready access to it.

All in all carrying at home is a win-win situation