“To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.” Sun Tsu
Firearms are by their nature controversial these days. However, thankfully around the world, there are hundreds of millions of people who understand why they are necessary and continue to use them safely, and according to the rules of whichever city-state government they reside under.
There are wonderful people in Austria, Finland and various other Scandinavian countries as well as the Middle East, Near East, Far East and Asia that use them. Russia recently legalized carrying for protection as well. You see the firearm is simply the evolution of tools meant for defense and hunting, and most sane people understand this. Obviously, there are countries and people who prefer unarmed victims to armed free men and women. However, if you were to ask each and every individual an honest question, “Do you believe you should be able to defend yourself against animals or humans who wish to hurt you?” They will likely answer yes, the exceptions simply reject the reality of nations that exist without that right.
England is a perfect example, highest violent crime rate in the industrialized world today. And just think, at one point it used to be among the lowest. So this article is for those who enjoy the sport, challenge and ability to use a firearm. It’s not for the individuals who enjoy playing victim and being traumatized by clapping or words they don’t agree with.
There are thousands of firearms that fall into the category of “Guns you don’t need, but have wonderful uses!” For myself the list is relatively short, 1911’s, Rollerguns, Blackpowder guns, fully automatic firearms and most shotguns (for me at least). You see, I personally do not see the net benefit of a shotgun, after all I live in the American Southwest, where the common distance for game animals is from 50 yards outwards of 600 at times. Birds and small game loses to much meat to pellet destruction, so I build and use snares/live traps. And for defense, I prefer my AR and handgun, which is also what I train with regularly.
However, all of the above types and styles are fun, beautiful in some cases and in other cases absolutely amazing to waste some dollars on for a days’ worth of burned powder and dirty hands. Full auto firearms are absolutely amazing to shoot, satisfying in many ways. However, for self-defense, I would choose a solid semi auto carbine all day long and never look back. (Unless they legalized the phalanx system for home defense)
Regardless, remember, enjoy your firearms but do so safely, and with the utmost respect for the environment in which you use them. Always clean up after yourself, you should bring more out than you bring in! Always! Never leave targets to rust away or dirty up an area. Remember, it’s the trash people who destroy this wonderful hobby for the rest of us!
Free the mind and the body will follow