I swear this is how I see the Gun Game right now but any ways; I get this all the time. In fact, if you are a shooter or GUNFIGHTER you probably hear it all the time and that’s ok. But if no one has told you: there is no “best gun” there are only two kinds of guns:
“The best gun for the job.”
And or figuring out:
“What’s the best gun based on my biomechanical requirements?”
These two questions are quintessential (amongst other questions) when it comes to a Civilian Operator selecting a firearm. If you sit back and take a look around, you will see people attempt to select firearms based off of ego, hearsay, or what they read about in some firearm magazine or even YouTube. But many times what shooters are missing is the fact that these opinions are just that “opinions” and should always be taken with a grain of salt.
See the truth is, the gun and the game that suounds it is just as subjective to reality as that reality is to the shooter. Furthermore, when you allow yourself to fall into the trap of basing your firearm selection for personal protection off the judgment of another without actually firing that firearm for yourself; then you are in essence allowing someone else to inoculate their views, opinions and perspectives into your psyche. It is at this point where things can become murky and dangerous.
I say that because , if the source of where you are getting your information from in biased and skewed in any way, shape or form so will your purchase, decisions and actions in relationship to the firearm be as well. This is how skewed biases, and faulty logic or transferred, perpetuated and allowed to fester. So bare in mind that there is “no best gun”. Think about it like this, if there was a best gun then by default there had to be to a varying degree a worst gun. The reason why this logic is sound is because for instance an FN Herstal FNX-45 ($1,000) will go bang just as would a Hi-Point ($150) in the same caliber will go bang.
BOTTOM LINE: only buy what you can afford. The next step is to become proficient and efficient with the weapon system itself. So when the fundamentals are applied with efficiency and proficiency, then the idea of “the best gun” or even “the worst gun” goes out the window because now you rely on skill, attitude and knowledge and not on ego, bigotry and hearsay.
Here’s a couple tips to consider from my desk to aid you on selecting a firearm:
The purpose of the firearm (SD [self-defense, hunting, collecting).
What are the features?
What is the price point?
How much is ammunition to keep the gun running?
Can you run multiple calibers through the gun providing you change or modify the parts?
Can you find an armorer?
Is the bore axis too high or too low?
How’s the grip texture?
Will it fire any ammunition of the correct caliber (brass, steal, bi-metal, polymer, reloaded brass, hollow point, frangible?)
Although this is not a comprehensive list nor an exhaustive list of what I give to paying VODA Clients, it is something to get you thinking.
In regards to biomechanics, this is crucial. The reason for this is because some people have physical limitations that prevent them from executing certain actions with a firearm. Moreover, the issue of physical limitations is compounded when you purchase a firearm that for lack of better terms “don’t fit you.” Now this is not to say that comfort is a priority because there is nothing comforting about being in a gunfight, but you must remain flexible enough to be open to the possibility of owning and operating multiple firearms, with different feature and in different calibers. In heeding this advice it will make you a better shooter.
Keep in mind that in order to a firearm to be biomechanical sound or “in tune with the shooter”, it must consist of a couple of variables.
Stability – the lower the bore axis of the firearm in relationship to its mass the more likely the firearm will fit, function and generally play well with the shooter or gunfighter.
Maximum Effort – how well does the firearm incorporate the natural and artificial created instincts and the overall body of the shooter or gunfighter?
Linear Motion – does the gun encourage the integration of natural movement and natural pint of aim of the shooter or GUNFIGHTER in that it aids in decreasing actions of biomechanical deviations (decrease muzzle flip, decrease muzzle rise)?
Angular Motion - how is the grip angle in relationship to the shooter? Does it increase or decrease the force generated from recoil thus aiding the shooter or GUNFIGHTER in increasing Fight-Efficiency?
These are just some tips from my desk to help put an end to the endless debates and speculation of opinions concern “What’s the best firearm?” Hopefully we can get back to what matters most, GUNFIGHTING.