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Selection of a particular type, make and model of firearm for self defense is both an objective and subjective decision.

From an objective perspective, one should assess their need in terms of the intended use of the gun.  Is it for home protection?  Is it for security while traveling and camping?  Would you like to be able to carry it concealed in jurisdictions that honor a "Carrying a Concealed Weapon" or "CCW" permit?

W ill the firearm serve a dual role, such as personal protection and hunting, or personal protection and recreational shooting?  If hunting is a secondary objective, is it for small game, big game, waterfowl or upland game?

Some firearms are more versatile than others in fulfilling multiple roles.  Shotguns in particular are readily adapted to satisfying different objectives.  Extra barrels of varying lengths and chokes can be easily swapped out on the shotgun depending on the particular need.  Handguns and carbines or rifles can be suitable for both self defense and hunting, depending upon type of game and caliber choice.

Do you live in a racially, ethnically or culturally diverse urban area where rioting, looting and civil unrest are a concern?  Are you a survivalist or "prepper" hoping for the best, but planning for the worst?  In these scenarios, a firearm chambered for a proven self defense caliber and capable of accepting high capacity magazines would be preferred.  An AR-15, which is the civilian semi-automatic version of the true military "assault rifle" issued to the U.S. Armed Forces, ideally fills this role.  It may not be legal in some nanny states. 

Answers to your personal questions regarding needs and preferences will largely determine whether a handgun, carbine, rifle or shotgun represents the most appropriate type of firearm for you.  As inclinations suggest and financial resources allow, perhaps you may wish to acquire additional firearms for additional pursuits.

Once a category of firearm has been identified, it is a relatively straightforward  process to choose a type of action and caliber or gauge of ammunition that will fulfill the purposes one has in mind.  Various internal links at Internet Armory will give you the knowledge to make informed decisions in this regard.

From a subjective perspective, one should "like" the firearm they intend to acquire.  This attraction will involve a myriad of factors, including look, feel, heft, fit, color and composition among others.  For example, does one prefer wood or synthetic grips and stocks?  If synthetic, is there any preference for a unique color, such as pink, versus the ubiquitous black?  Is stainless, matte or blued steel desired?  Do you like (or hate) guns with high tech polymer components?  What would you like to see in the way of safety features?  The choices are nearly endless as manufacturers respond to consumer tastes and demands.  Beauty is definitely in the eye and hand of the beholder.

Many states have implemented "shall issue" legislation that helps eliminate arbitrary denial of a CCW permit to a law abiding citizen who has fulfilled all appropriate application requirements.  Some states require evidence that the applicant has completed a prescribed firearms class, usually followed by an exam, that is taught by a certified instructor.  Other states want to see that the applicant has passed an actual handgun proficiency course at the shooting range as well.  Depending upon the state, the CCW permit may be issued by a local law enforcement agency, such as the County Sheriff's Office, or at the state level, by a Department of Public Safety or similar agency.

The trend nation-wide is towards more relaxed instead of more restrictive CCW legislation.  Of course, this trend does not apply to the "usual suspects":  nanny states where the Second Amendment guarantee of individual gun rights is viewed with disdain.

Numerous states have instituted a policy of reciprocity, whereby the CCW permit issued by another state is considered to be valid within the borders of their state.

CCW permits issued by Utah and Florida are among the most widely recognized when it comes to multi-state acceptance.  For this reason, many truckers and RV'ers acquire a CCW from one or both of these states in addition to a CCW permit from their own state of residence.  This ensures maximum geographical coverage for legal concealed carry while traveling.

A smaller, lighter handgun such as a diminutive autoloader or snub nose revolver is well suited to lawful concealed carry outside the home. 

In contrast to concealed carry, home security or RV defense suggests that a larger handgun, a 12- or 20-gauge short-barreled shotgun, a "cowboy" carbine or an AR-15 carbine or rifle would be appropriate.  Be sure to visit "Rifles: Self Defense" and "Shotguns: Self Defense" for pertinent information.

To examine the handguns, carbines, rifles and shotguns available from various manufacturers, you may wish to go to for pictures and descriptions.  Information provided by this distributor is accessible in a very convenient format.   



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