Guns have been a part of the American culture since its formation, but primitive firearms have existed since the 13th century of the Chinese empire when they discovered what we now know as gunpowder. The firearm looks very different now with increasing progression of refinement from the first crude matchlocks to flintlocks to caplocks and on to the invention of smokeless powder and metallic cartridges. The gun originally came out of the need for war weaponry but has made its way into how we hunt and live our lives especially here in the United States. Along with increased innovation and use, comes misunderstanding and falsehoods about gun ownership. Here are 3 common myths.
1.Myth: A shotgun is the best choice for home defense. You don’t even need to aim.
Truth: As with anything that you shoot, you have to aim. This myth is perpetuated by the spread of buckshots that the shotgun is known for, but in close range, there isn’t that opportunity for spread. You might be lucky to have 2 inches of spread, which means you still need to aim and shoot. Furthermore, it takes longer to reload, so if you happen to not hit where you intend, you have less time to react.
In reality, if you are purchasing a good for home defense, a semi-automatic rifle is more ideal as the single projectile makes it easier to aim and hit where you intend. A rifle also holds more ammo and allows you to load it faster.
2.Myth: Your gun and ammo choice doesn’t matter.
Truth: Those that are more experienced with guns, know that this is not true. It is important to keep your skill and others safety in mind. If you are more accurate and comfortable with a smaller gun then that is probably the best choice for you. Also, using improper or incorrect ammunition can destroy a gun and cause serious personal injury. It only takes one cartridge of improper caliber or gauge to wreck your gun, and only a second to check each one as you load it. Be absolutely certain that the ammunition you are using matches the specifications that are contained within the gun’s instruction manual and the manufacturer’s markings on the firearm.
3. Myth: All firearms are the same.
Truth: Not all firearms are the same. The method of carrying and handling firearms varies in accordance with the mechanical characteristics of each gun. Since guns can be so different, never handle any firearm without first having thoroughly familiarized yourself with the particular type of firearm you are using, the safe gun handling rules for loading, unloading, carrying and handling that firearm, and the rules of safe gun handling in general.
The best way to not fall for any myths about gun ownership is to get educated. Take a class at Nashville Armory. From beginner to advanced, Nashville Armory’s staff can teach you how to properly use firearms and show you firearm safety.
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