Fairly often, new gun owners will purchase a diminutive gun for self defense. Something easily concealed. Often a compact 9mm semi-auto or a lightweight snub-nose .38 revolver. Then they’re astounded when at the range, it bucks, roars and snorts hard!
Little gun + powerful cartridge = recoil & muzzle blast.
Small guns often have small grips, making it difficult or impossible to gain a full grasp on the handgun. The grips may well be designed to have the small finger curled up under the grip, rather than wrapping around it. The short barrels on these guns force a very short sight radius, making it tough for the shooter to be accurate. There’s also a LOT of muzzle blast, flash and recoil from these little guns.
How to work around this? I just use a bigger gun most of the time. I’ve found a full-size 1911, a mid-size revolver, or a GLOCK® semi-auto conceal fairly easily and I just dress around the gun. Then again, I’m not much of one for fashion. There’s no doubt a smaller gun is easier to conceal.
Avoid the .357 mag in a very small, lightweight revolver. Those things are extremely difficult for most people to control in rapid fire. Avoid the +P+ 9mm ammo in a small, lightweight semi auto for the same reason. Standard 9mm & .38 ammo is far easier for the shooter to control. Rounds on target is what we’re looking for, not horrendous muzzle blast & flash and recoil so severe that it disrupts our accuracy.
With a small gun, consider going to a small cartridge. Not tacti-cool, but very useful. This is particularly true for someone who has little experience or training with handguns. A small gun may NOT be a very good idea for a beginning handgunner.
When choosing that important self-defense gun, don’t necessarily shop for the smallest and lightest, instead shop for one that fits, and one that doesn’t have so much recoil & muzzle blast that it discourages regular practice.
GMM offers several Pistol classes including the NRA Basic Pisol Class, save today by registering online.
GMM Defense will be offering several Utah Concealed Carry Permit Classes this summer. We are accepting pre-registrations so that people can be first in line for this coveted permit which allows legal concealed carry in over 33 US States.
Pre-Register today for the acclaimed Utah Concealed Carry Permit. When you combine your nonresident Utah permit with your Washington resident permit, you will be able to carry in 33 states! *
GMM Defense will be offering classes this spring/summer so that you can apply for your Utah CCP. By registering in advance, you’ll have first crack at the schedule plus SAVE $50!
- Full Service Utah Concealed Carry Permit Class
- All Details and Forms Provided
- You will need a WA Permit Before Mailing Your Application
- Approximate $51 Utah Fee Not Included
PRE-REGISTER online today and save $50.00! Offer limited to only to the first 20 people who pre-register before 3/31/14. Please note that dates are not set for the class; however many dates will be available and we will work to accommodate your schedule or your money back.
In order to qualify you must pay $65 at time of registration and $65 at time of scheduling. That’s $50 off the regular price of $180.
W’ere excited for the upcoming Wenatchee Valley Sportsman Show, this weekend, February 21st through the 23rd at the Town Toyota Center.
This weekend will mark GMM Defenses’ first official trade show. I’ve been working hard on preparing the GMM Defense booth and can’t wait to officially unveil the new GMM Defense brand, complete with shiny new logo, website and online class scheduling. Not to mention our brand new 8 foot banner, course brochures and business cards. Make sure to stop by the booth and say “hi”, check out the exciting courses offered and be sure to sign up for special deals on summer classes!
Can’t wait to see you there…
Hot off the press! Get your GMM_2014_Course-Catalog because it’s never to early to plan your spring and summer weapons training and skills development courses. We’ll be having classes in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee but we’re open to hosting sessions in Chelan, Cashmere, Leavenworth, Quincy and Ephrata.
Also be on the look out for new Utah classes coming soon. Let us know what you think and thank you for your support of GMM Defense.