The Gun Writer TV episode 18: In which we answer: ‘What type of gun should I buy?’


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Gun sales are up 30 percent, locally and nationally, since the terrorist murders in Paris.

Demand for firearms classes has also increased markedly.

People are looking to take responsibility for their own safety — a decision we strongly support.

This week, Mike Young and I try to answer the most difficult question I’m often asked: “What type of gun should I buy?”

We talk about long guns, full-sized handguns and concealed-carry handguns.

As always, we hope you enjoy the video as much as we do making them!


Mike and Lee


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


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  2. Great show guys! Thanks for not giving the company line of bad info that everyone seems to do these days! You’re right Mike, it has to FIT YOU!

  3. As an experienced shooter I am often asked from non-gun owner friends and colleagues the same question; which gun do I get for home defense. In your video you dismiss revolvers for reloading and capacity reasons. You may not be providing the best advice for someone wanting a basic defense firearm. Based on my experience explaining and demonstrating firearms to young or middle age women and older men who have never handled a firearm, they always have trouble racking the slide of an automatic pistol. They can be intimidating to the unknowing. I feel a revolver is actually a very practical choice for a new shooter for home defense. It is easy to handle, safe to load and unload and about as plug-n-play as you get for a firearm. If a new shooter becomes an enthusiast, takes an interest in shooting they can learn to handle an auto. However, some homeowners who just want a firearm for their home may purchase a gun and never shoot it, and I dont’t advocate that. But at least they have the ability and security to defend themselves and their home if need be. I do strongly suggest whatever you purchase that you get some training and some range time to get familiar with your firearm. Thanks guys, great video. Be careful.

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