Archive for January, 2014


I came across an intriguing question the other day. Why do people buy guns? It got me thinking; what is the motivation for people to buy guns today? Is it just for fun? Is it for defense? Just to have for “just in case”? Why was there such a surge in gun buying over the last few years?

From what I see on a daily basis, I’ve deduced there are typically 4 main reasons a person will purchase a firearm:

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2. Sport (hunting, competitive shooting, etc…) th

3. Investment (collecting)guncollection3

4. The Love of Firearms

What is a Self-Defense Gun?


A competition gun

Of the four reasons, numbers 1 and 4 are the most common in our store. While recreational firearm use, collecting and simply enjoying firearms are certainly valuable components of the firearms industry overall, I find the majority of our customers are looking for self-defense firearms. What is a self-defense gun? I define a self-defense gun as a firearm specifically designed to aid the user in utilizing it effectively, efficiently, simply and quickly in an immediate threat situation. Self-defense firearms do not need a lot of the bells and whistles that most competitive firearms have. Normally, they aren’t covered in camo like most hunting firearms. Nor are they as finely stylized, refined and expensive as a collector’s piece. Keep in mind however, there can always be some crossover between these different subsections of the firearm industry. I have used my carry gun in shooting competitions and history is full of people defending their lives with their hunting rifles. I find, however, a gun specifically designed for a purpose will fulfill that purpose far more effectively and efficiently than a gun designed for another purpose. For example, the long-barreled hunting shotguns are great in the field but would be awkward as a home defense gun. I can just picture knocking over a lamp as I swing to face the door. Home defense shotguns typically have 18.5 inch barrels to avoid just that scenario.

 Reasons for Buying a Self Defense Firearm

As I dig deeper into my customer’s motivation for buying a self-defense type of firearm I typically encounter one of the following concerns:

Fear or an Awakened Sense of Vulnerability

criminalThis is, by far, the most common reason I hear. “My neighbor down the street was broken into… I have to walk a distance to get to my car at night… Our country appears to be on the verge of societal collapse and I want something to defend my family.” At the root of each reason is the innate desire to defend one’s person and loved ones. Frequently, that instinct has been dormant for years, only to be awakened by a violent encroachment into a person’s sense of normalcy. Many customers come in fresh from that defining moment, others wait and expand their knowledge before coming into our store. Some think about it for a long time and others go immediately and purchase a defensive tool. While I label this motivation as “Fear,” many others would label it as: “Preparation,” “Doing Your Duty,” “Precaution,” “Planning Ahead,” etc… I label it as “Fear” simply because that is the way it is most often presented to me, in the eyes of my customers.

freedom slaverySupporting the Constitution

Some of our customers feel it is their constitutional duty to own a firearm. With key voices in government speaking in terms that threatened the very possibility of firearm ownership last year, countless thousands purchased firearms as a peaceful protest. To many Americans, the ability to own arms is what separates free citizens from subjects, masters from slaves, and differentiates a free people from an enslaved nation.


A Sad Awakening

While I find it intellectually stimulating to analyze the motivations of our customers, the results sadden me. The predominance of fear and vulnerability as a motivation for purchasing firearms is an indictment of the state of our country. When so many of its citizens are feeling so threatened by both street thugs and government actions that their only perceived recourse is to take up arms, a country is far farther down the proverbial slope then we all realize. Yes, firearms are, among other things, a great equalizer of force, an invaluable tool, and a worthy investment. After all, a gun is the quickest way to empower a 120 pound women to ward off a couple 250 pound thugs. Yet, what kind of society have we become that we knowingly allow such thugs to walk the streets? The thin veneer of peaceful society is wearing through and many people are waking up to realize it. These are the ones walking through our doors.



Wow. Incredible interview with EJ Owens revealing the truth about dealing with death and self defense. Only available until 9 am PST.

For those of you that have not discovered the Survival Summit yet, Travis Haley did an awesome job today revealing the ins and outs of firefights. Hearing from somebody who’s been through multiple firefights gives a reality to a ‘oft described scenario. It’s worth an hour or so of your time, especially the first 30 to 40 minutes.
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While there are many talking heads blathering on about who “should” or “should not” be allowed to own a gun, this article isn’t about government regulations. This article is designed to help a mature, responsible adult decide if gun-ownership is right for him or her. Many people across this nation are growing ever more concerned about the direction this country is going. This concern is part of the dramatic rise in gun sales over the last few years. However, instead of a knee-jerk, gun-buying reaction, potential gun-owners need to ask themselves some hard questions (Main questions borrowed from Kathy Jackson at before purchasing a firearm for self-defense.

1. Is it Ever Permissible to Kill a Human Being?


Is there any situation in life that makes it OK to kill a person? If you answered Yes, please proceed to Question 2. If you answered No, carrying a lethal weapon of any sort is probably not a good idea for you. Mace is probably a better idea.

2. Are You Willing to Take a Life to Save Your’s or Your Loved One’s?

self-defenseWill you do whatever it takes to live? Are you willing to fight with everything in you to protect yourself or your loved one’s? Are you mentally prepared to pull the trigger and take the life of another? That attacker is somebody’s son, somebody’s father, somebody’s loved one. And the family will grieve upon his death. You must know down deep in yourself that the as soon as an attacker produces a lethal weapon (a gun, knife, bat or fist) he has decided that somebody is going to die. The only variable is the identity of the body. Will your family be grieving a lost brother, sister, wife, mother, father, or grandfather or will his? The attacker decided the possible reward was worth a human life and by that decision he forfeited the value of his life. “Not Me. Not Mine. Not Today.”


Part of the decision to fight back stems from realizing what you would lose if you do not. You might lose: your life, family, health; a fighting spirit; getting married; having children; your family might lose a sister/brother, father/mother, or husband/wife; seeing your child’s first steps; all your dreams and callings; and so much more. What are you willing to fight for?

3. Under What Circumstances is it Permissible to Kill a Human Being?

Rape prevention tipsOnce you have wrestled Questions 1 and 2 to the ground, it’s time for the next soul-piercing question. When do you shoot or not-shoot? When does the situation justify lethal force? The standard answer in Georgia is: if you are in imminent threat of great bodily harm or death you can shoot. But what does that really look like? The situation you face could be one of a myriad of scenarios: it could be a forceful entry in the middle of the night, it could be a group of attackers on the street, or it could a mugger in the parking lot. For other possible scenarios, simply pull up the local news of a major metropolitan area. There is an abundance of examples we can learn from. Due to the inexhaustible list of possible scenarios that evil men create, it is impossible to mentally run through and train for each one. What we can do is pick out some key principles from the crimes and develop a list of personal boundaries that we will not allow the criminal to cross. For example: I will not go with anyone to a second location. The second crime scene is nearly always more gruesome and heinous. Right then, right there is all I’ve got. Better to be shot down in the parking lot than tortured for days in a hidden location. Fight, and fight hard! My second rule is: I will not be tied up. The only reason to tie me up is to make me more vulnerable. My best chances are right then, right there. Odds of getting untied and escaping are slim to none. Criminals want easy victims. Make it as hard as possible on them. Fight back with everything that is in you.


4. What Are the State and Local Laws Regarding Lethal Force?


Make yourself very familiar with your state and locals laws. After you are academically familiar, I recommend you find a local lawyer who deals with lethal force cases and talk with him or her. Should you be involved in a defensive gun use scenario, not knowing what you legally can and cannot do may cause you to freeze up at the most inopportune time. Confidently knowing what you are and are not allowed to do will also make the aftermath less stressful and intimidating.

 Concluding Thoughts

I write all of the above from the natural man’s perspective. However, there is more to life than this natural body and I must add a caveat. As a Christian, I must temper my innate desire and natural-born right to defend my life and liberty with total submission to the Holy Spirit. There are times to fight physically and there are times to fight spiritually. At times He asks us to lay down our lives and other times He asks us to stand right in the face of the enemy. I do not find self-defense to be contrary to the teachings of Jesus, after all He told His disciples to go buy a sword (an illegal weapon, at the time) and spoke of a strongman defending his house from a robber, yet I also see a Christian history full of martyrs. Men and women who did not fight back but laid down their life for Him, as He also did not fight back but laid down His life for us all. My only conclusion is that in this area too, I must be completely governed by His wisdom and love. Besides, He does a much better job protecting me than I ever could.


For More Information…


With this most recent Arctic Blast of frigid cold (at least by Georgia standards) I find myself facing new challenges. How do you conceal carry in winter? A heavy coat can obstruct a draw from the waistline and carrying in the coat pocket is great until you walk inside a warm building and need to take the coat off. I’m almost always cold and thus bundled up. All that bundling makes it quite difficult to access my carry gun at a leisurely pace, let alone in a hurry. As so many of us do today, I turned to the internet for answers. I discovered a well-informed and well-written article that addresses these issues and many others that I had not even thought of. While I found many other articles that addressed some of the issues, I found none addressed the winter carrying challenge as thoroughly and honestly as the US Concealed Carry article by John Perez. If your daily routine includes putting on a warm coat, I highly recommend you read his article.

Stay safe and think warm thoughts.