5 Questions To Ask When Buying A Gun



Record numbers of American’s are purchasing firearms, many of whom are new to guns in general. Here are five different questions to consider that can help you pick the perfect gun for you.


  1. Is this for home defense, or daily carry? Determining what job you need your gun for will help you choose the proper tool for the job. For example, a home defense gun may lead you to higher round capacity, night sights, or a larger frame. A daily carry gun needs to fit your lifestyle, and whether or not you will carry openly or concealed.
  2. What is the warranty from the manufacturer? Is it a lifetime warranty, or limited? Most companies offer excellent warranties, and the customer service representatives are good to work with.
  3. What is the reputation of both the seller and the manufacturer? Do a bit of research and find out what both companies are like to deal with. You want to make sure that both the seller and the manufacturer are available for questions and assistance, should they arise.
  4. Can you readily get the caliber? For example, 9mm, .380, .38 Special, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP are easy to obtain, but .32 (long and short), .25, and .22 Magnum are incredibly difficult, and tend to be quite expensive when you can locate it. Price for practice (or range) ammo may be a factor to consider also. Generally speaking, 9mm is a lower price than 38 Special, .380, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP.
  5. Are there aftermarket accessories? The internal parts of magazines will wear out with use over time, so you want to make sure you can get replacements, and at a reasonable price. You may also want to consider sights (night sights, XS Big dots, etc), are there modifications available for controls (such as extended slide releases or magazine releases), trigger modification kits, laser sights, and grip modification kits. Holsters are much easier to obtain, but some rare models of handgun may need a custom holster created.


Making a handgun purchase can be quite involved. Asking questions, doing research on brands and models, as well as handling and shooting as many different models and calibers prior to making a purchase will make the decision much easier.
Remember, the best gun for you is the one that you are the most comfortable with, in the highest caliber you are consistently accurate with. Shooting is a perishable skill, be prepared to gain and maintain your proficiency with regular range visits. Happy Shooting!

  • Aero PA

    How about this question? if a woman is buying it, should she get a double action revolver, or a semiautomatic? Some women, especially older ones, can’t rack a round, or more importantly clear a round when not under pressure in a SA. You can imagine what chaos would ensue with a SA while under pressure.

  • ChuckS123

    A good followup would be buying cheap – used, gun show, etc.

  • Dan Moore

    This almost sounds like “5 Questions To Ask Before Buying Your First Gun”. If so the very first question I always ask is “Why do you want one?”. We would all give very different advice to a girl who wants to try shooting with her brother as opposed to someone living alone for the first time in their new apartment.
    It’s also my favorite questioned to be asked, as I always think I’ve perhaps found a new shooting buddy.

  • Daniel Mount

    Never put your finger on the trigger until your ready to shoot.

  • Ace Dragon

    get a glock. the glock store in San Diego California has every thing from the sun to customize your glock. check them out on line. the guys wife of the owner is one hot babe. there very nice and will bend over backwards to help you.i have done some work for people on there glocks and get all my parts from them. the glock is very easy to take apart and cutomize. the new 380, is a good carry gun for a women. i carry a personally custon 13 round officers 1911 a in 45acp.. wide frame with thin grips and laser my main carry gun for summer is my Glock 19 full custom, with a laser guard sight. double 8 night sights and custom trigger assembly. shoot’s a 1″ group at 30 feet with a barsto barrel. hand fitted.

  • MegaMouseGW

    I have a favorite gun shop tat I use. They know me by face now. He even has an atf form ready for me just in case I want a new weapon.

  • 2broke4 her

    one store in Califoreignia posted an ad for .22 LR, no limit.. there was a line 100 yards long and they sold out in 20 minutes..

    • MildBill

      HA HA HA ! . . . I give you 100 bonus points and a free pass to the Internet Picnic for “Califoreignia” ! . . . . .. . . . .It rolls right of the lips, kinda like Obama bin Lyin’ !

      • 2broke4 her

        I been using that for a long time and some dont get it and tell me i spelled it wrong.. I said no I didnt read it again.. CaliFOREIGNia and then I’m called a racist!

        • MildBill

          OK, I give you another 50 bonus points for putting up with the BS !