What gun should I buy?

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This question is posed to thousands of prospective gun owners and dealers on a daily basis, For some reason people believe that the salesman on the other side of the counter is going to know what gun fits your hand and is comfortable to you. So that means that the salesman is not only a mind reader, but also a professional gun fitter. Seriously. I hear it all the time, what gun is best for me. The answer is really not that easy. and it all depends on you as the consumer. Let me state that again IT ALL DEPENDS ON YOU AS THE CUSTOMER.

You can walk up to a salesman and if he is worth his salt and knows anything about guns, will look at you and ask you what your budget is. Then he will proceed to show you several guns that fit in that price range, You need to pick it up ad feel the gun, preferably shoot it if that is possible. Most gun ranges offer rentals at a decent price so go out and shoot all of the guns you are considering.
The first step is to go to the gun store and pick up several different guns, you need to ask yourself several questions while holding the gun.
1. Does it feel comfortable in your hand with a proper grip,
2. Can you operate the controls ie: the safety, magazine release, slide stop
3. Can you operate the gun, is the trigger pull ok for you, can you operate the slide, can you operate the hammer(if it has one)
4. When aiming the gun can you do so with ease and obtain a good sight picture
Once you have done this GO SHOOT THE GUN!
I have seen several people purchase a gun and then go out and shoot it and end up selling it at a loss because it was not comfortable to shoot.
Be aware that in most gun stores across the country, gun sales are FINAL, that means if you make a bad decision you are going to have to live with it. The dealer will not take it back.
Now once you have fired the gun and are comfortable with it then pick up the one you want.
There you go, you have now purchased a new firearm, Now CLEAN IT, don’t go right out and shoot it, clean it and lubricate it.
Why you ask? Most manufacturers ship a gun with a preservative on them not oil. That is so if the gun sits on the shelf it won’t rust so Clean your gun.
Then go out and shoot it,
If you are going to carry this gun looking for a holster can be much of the same process, you need to try it on. Wearing a gun everyday with a bad holster can be miserable. Then you won’t want to carry it. There are tons of options out there for holsters. If you find that you can’t get one that is comfortable then maybe look at a custom holster. They are really not that expensive,
Once you have your holster and your gun the next thing is to TRAIN, you should train on the use of your firearm with a certified instructor on a regular basis. The gun will do you no good if you don’t know what you are doing when it’s time to use it, Even if you think you know how to do it, get with an instructor. Extra training will never hurt you.

The last step is to enjoy your new firearm! Unless something goes terribly wrong you will probably never do anything more than training and practice. which is fine, The shooting sports is supposed to be fun. so HAVE FUN

Customer Service

We have all purchased something at one time or another that has either broken or had some sort of problem. So at some point in time we have had to turn to someone who understands how to solve the problem. When it comes to guns you need someone who not only understands how they work, but also is able to determine the problem and the best solution to that problem. In the gun industry these people are either an Armorer or a Gunsmith,
What is the difference? An Armorer is familiar with the function and operation of a firearm, and is able to do minor repairs mainly replacement of worn or broken parts, or adjustment of parts.
A gunsmith is not only familiar with how the gun works, and is able to replace parts, but is also able to manufacture, customize and fit parts. Most gunsmiths also have knowledge of Machining and various processes of refinishing,
To both it is also necessary to be familiar with how to talk to a customer to explain what the problem is, what has to happen to fix it and what it’s going to cost. These are all skills that in order to be successful you must have. They also have to have a Federal Firearms Licence and be familiar with all the laws pertaining to firearms. Now this is where we get into an area of contention, In dealing with the customer things can go smoothly or things can go bad, Usually when they go bad they go very bad.
Someone a long time ago said that when dealing with a customer the customer is always Right…. WRONG! As a customer you have come to a person with the skills to help you solve the issue. That means you as the customer did not know how to solve the problem. The person repairing the firearm has been through years of training to learn how to repair your firearm. It is our job to fix your firearm or do the work requested in as timely a manner as possible.
Gunsmiths and Armorers are currently in high demand as older guns wear out and break and newer guns which are made from a variety of materials break due to unforeseen reasons. Just like cars firearms are mechanical devices which as we all know are subject to extreme forces, Mechanical devices can fail. the best way to prevent failure’s is to take care of them, Cleaning, lubricating and using good quality ammunition. You should also learn all you can about how to properly use the firearm, this means going to a certified instructor and have them show you how to properly and safely use the firearm.
Since these craftsman are in very high demand, some times that creates a waiting period. One man can only do so much work in a day and if parts are not available, that extends the length of time to either make them or wait for them to come in stock. These are things your gunsmith and Armorer have no control over.
So Here is a simple request, Keep in mind these guys are trying to help you, It is harder for them to do their job if they are constantly answering phone calls and questions. Most of them are in business for themselves by themselves. They are doing the best they can to ensure the job is done right the first time. If you are rude or demanding, they will probably hand your gun back to you incomplete and tell you to take it somewhere else.
Be nice to your gunsmith and you will be amazed at what they get done.

Warranties, What are they and why

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So here goes, Lets talk a little about Warranties, Why because I deal with this stuff all day every day, It is the bane of my existence!

First to the facts! According to something called the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act, There is no requirement for a manufacturer to offer a warranty on the products they produce, however if they do they must follow the requirements of this act. What are the requirements of this act? Well, without getting into a bunch of legal prose, it states in a nutshell that if a warranty is offered that the terms of this warranty must be clearly stated and readily available to the end user. It also states that the manufacturer offering the warranty must honor the terms laid out in the warranty. It took me 3 days to read through the Magnuson-Moss Warranty act so I am not going to quote it all to you, but here is the jist of it for you.
The Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act does not invalidate or restrict any right or remedy of any consumer under any other federal law, nor does the Act supersede the Federal Trade Commission Act as it pertains to antitrust actions.
The Act does not invalidate or restrict any right or remedy of any consumer under state law. The Act is not the dominant regulation of consumer product warranties, and while it prescribes certain disclosures and restricts certain limitations on warranties, it leaves other warranty law untouched.[9]
Although the Act covers warranties on repair or replacement parts in consumer products, warranties on services for repairs are not covered.
The federal minimum standards for full warranties are waived if the warrantor can show that the problem associated with a warranted consumer product was caused by damage while in the possession of the consumer, or by unreasonable use, including a failure to provide reasonable and necessary maintenance. This information was taken from the wiki site on the act, but you can read the whole thing for yourself. Here is the link to it so that you may peruse it as necessary:

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=13b50ce59996601b1702afa847aa4cb0&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title16/16cfr700_main_02.tpl

The Warranty act is regulated by our wonderful overlords in the Federal Government (just don’t ask me what I think of government regulation…). Long story short, since a company doesn’t have to offer a warranty if they don’t care to, it is something offered solely to help the consumer and as a marketing gimmick. That being said, let’s move on to the firearms industry part of it.
In the firearms industry MOST companies offer a 1 or 2 year warranty, there are a few of them that offer more, and there are a token number of them that (stupidly) offer a lifetime warranty. Generally, warranty used by firearms manufacturers will state that the company is not responsible for damage done to the firearm by misuse. In fact, I know this because I researched over a dozen company warranties in preparing for this blog post and for my own job. Let me state that again, the company is not responsible for damage done by misuse or lack of proper “reasonable and necessary maintenance”. In other words if you screw it up and fail to follow what the warranty and recommended service intervals say, don’t go crying to the manufacturer unless you’d like to be laughed at.
What is misuse you ask? Basically anything the end user does to the gun to modify or alter it from original condition, also use of reloaded ammunition. Dropping it, etc… the list goes on. The place that I work sets the warranty to protect you against manufacturer defects which is a common way of putting things. But that only applies during the warranty term, and means that the warranty solely applies to defects in the production of the gun. If for instance, you buy a high end shotgun and fail to properly care for the oiled wood stock and the stock subsequently cracks, you are then S.O.L.
To emphasize further, if your firearm is in warranty and something happens to it during the course of normal use that is a mechanical malfunction, chances are good that it is covered. But, if you shoot reloads through it and you blow it up because of a miscalculation or failure during production of those reloads. Take responsibility and own the screw up.

I hear things daily about how people can’t hit what they’re shooting at and, subsequently they think that is a warranty thing, again we go back to training. That is not a warranty problem, If you drop your gun from the tree stand, well you screwed yourself. I could go on and on about the numerous things that are covered under warranty and the things that aren’t. It’s very simple. If you did it own up to it. if you didn’t do it. then get it fixed. If your gun is out of warranty tough luck, get it fixed, pay for it and move on. Read your warranty so you know what is or isn’t covered. And don’t try to get over on the manufacturer. They have heard it all, It’s not going to work. Take responsibility for your actions and be safe with the Firearms you own