I cannot count how many times I have been advised to keep a handgun in possession at all times followed by the all time famous, “it’s Texas” reasoning. It’s the norm here. Whether you believe in gun legislation or not, Texas has more gun owners than any other state in the Union. According to texaslesstraveled.com, about 51 million Texans own firearms. As a matter of fact, Texas owns about 20% of all the guns in the United States where the total gun count is 240 million.
Owning any type of gun is one alternative towards protection from burglaries or robbers. Living in a state where guns are right at home, it is an effective way to protect one self from unexpected danger. According to Newsmax.com, “Texas lawmakers have made no provisions for those who hold concealed-carry permits from Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Vermont, or Wisconsin.” Residents of Texas who contain a permit to legally conceal and contain a firearm are, however, allowed to bring and carry a handgun within the borders as well as in 35 other states. These authorized states are listed within the Newsmax site here. I recently had the opportunity to learn the correct way to grip and safely set off a .45 and .40 caliber handgun. Unfortunately due to other customers’ safety within the shooting range, I was not allowed to capture a selfie before demonstrating the use of a firearm nor would I prefer to even attempt. It would be too intense, extreme, and dangerous of course.
Before jumping into firing one’s first shot, hold your horses! It is important to buy earplugs or headphone-style ear protection to muffle the noise of the gunshots and prevent damage of your eardrums. Safety glasses or goggles are also urged to protect your eyes from lead particulates that can eject from the weapon or flying shells. It is very important to familiarize yourself with the proper stance prior to shooting a gun. I learned upon my first try firing a gun by one of the shooting range employees to always lean forward. Never lean back! Always keep your feet shoulder-length apart and knees slightly bent. While I felt it to be comfortable to have one foot in front of the other, I noticed other more experienced customers to keep them slightly apart horizontally but it really is a preference and it is key to stay calm and collected. It pains me to say, shooting a gun is more than operating a squirt gun or the fake firearms you see in arcades that rewards you with tickets to get a cool prize you may or may not use ever again. It’s a real, powerful weapon that can harm people and owning one should only be, and I would hope many of you reading would only use this tool merely for self-defense only, unless you like hunting then that doesn’t count based on the topic of interest. Which is, drum role please, Self-defense!
Aside from stance and safety equipment, it’s essential to select a gun based on your body type and personal needs. For beginners, a reliable type of gun is preferred to be a small-caliber gun, such as a .22. I found that shooting with a .45 and a .40 had a stronger kick upon the after-effects of firing the gun. When handling a gun, always keep it away from others and facing downwards. Many beginners, including myself, struggle to cock back the slide on top of the gun using just your forefinger and thumb. Certain weapons have a stronger spring in which it is alright to use your palm to operate the slide, while pointing the gun in a downrange position at all times before shooting. Before shooting, I first practiced how to hold a gun while unloaded to understand how it feels. I would recommend this to many first timers to really familiarize oneself with what you are about to do and experience the correct way to fire it. To learn more towards handling and firing a gun, refer to this very informational page I stumbled upon here. This instructional article helped me understand the importance towards understanding safety in order to effectively protect yourself and others.