Guns are tools, and you wouldn’t get very far with a toolbox containing only a single hammer, or a single screwdriver.
Gunphobes will accuse you of being a “gun nut” if you have anything more than a single hunting rifle, but who cares what they think. They are weak cowards.
There are four different types of guns that every young man should obtain as soon as finances allow it. It’s unwise to purchase additional firearms of the same type, before you’ve accumulated all four of the basics.
The order of priority depends somewhat on where you live. If you are in an extremely low-crime area with ample hunting opportunities, you’ll probably want the deer rifle first. If you are in an urban area you’ll want the handgun. I’m writing from the perspective of living in the concrete jungle, with very little by way of hunting game, and very high danger of encountering human predators.
Without a doubt, the first gun you should own is a semi-automatic 9mm handgun. If you live in a state with shall-issue concealed carry permits, this gun will become your daily companion. If you don’t live in such an area, it’s time to seriously consider moving! I wouldn’t be caught dead in a gun-free city in this day and age. As a White man, getting caught dead becomes more likely with each passing week, as virulent anti-White elements are whipped into a violent frenzy by our traitorous mass media.
With a semi-auto handgun, you are able to protect yourself virtually anywhere – in your home, in your vehicle, and out in public. Just be aware of restrictions and follow your local laws. Police are all too willing to nail you on a technicality when it comes to weapons charges. The best states in the U.S. allow you to carry your loaded weapon almost completely unfettered. The exceptions of course will always be government buildings like the county courthouse, or schools, airports, etc.
I can’t recommend this enough: enroll in your local safety courses required to obtain your CCW permit. Do it today, as there are usually long waiting lists and lead times before being granted your permit. You don’t need to own your handgun before enrolling.
Secondly, decide which gun you will buy and then make your purchase at a local gun store where you can form a long-lasting relationship with the owners. This is similar to taking your car to a mechanic – you will get better service and better deals if you become a loyal customer at a reputable shop.
In my area there are many gun stores which include an indoor practice range onsite. These are great because you can rent or even borrow different models and try them on the range before deciding on purchases. Regardless, it’s imperative that you find a good practice range and build fundamental skills with your weapon.
After passing your safety course, apply for your CCW permit immediately. The federal government deliberately drags its heels in processing these permits, as they highly prefer a helpless, disarmed populace. It can take six months before you even hear back on the status of your application. Once you receive it, buy a good IWB holster and get in the habit of carrying daily. If your local laws allow it, you can open carry in a side holster while you are waiting for your concealment permit.
Which handgun should you buy? There are thousands of options out there, and many articles discussing the finer points of each one. The choices can be confusing to someone new to guns.
You can either take my word for it or do your own research, but my conclusions are the result of years of experience and learning from experts. For your first handgun I recommend selecting one that has been extensively tested in the field, by police, military, or both. Guns that make the grade have undergone rigorous analysis, and have proven themselves to be among the best available at reasonable cost.
There are a ton of arguments about which calibers are the best but you’ll want to go with 9mm because it’s the best balance of all the factors for an every day weapon. If it’s good enough for nearly every police department in the country, it’s good enough for you. Ammo in 9mm is plentiful, inexpensive, and readily available. It has plenty of stopping power without being overkill. It doesn’t “kick like a mule” nor is it a pea shooter round.
I would recommend against getting a dinky little pocket gun like the Ruger LCP II, thinking that small size is most important. These guns have some serious drawbacks, and in my opinion they are better as purse guns for petite women.
The small size will not fit comfortably in the typical hands of a man, and this could lead to slippage or even dropping the weapon. Their accuracy is questionable in all but the closest ranges. And they don’t hold as many rounds. Personally I’d rather deal with the weight and bulk of a full-sized 9mm with a 15-round magazine because if I ever need it, those extra rounds could be lifesavers. Imagine a situation where you are faced by not just one assailant, but his two friends as well, jumping in and out of range. You really want to be limited to 6 or 7 rounds?
Another point is that concealing the weapon isn’t really that important if you have a legal permit, and you live in a state where open carry is legal. In that case it’s legal whether it’s visible, partially concealed, or fully concealed. Who cares if somebody sees it sticking out of your waistband? I walk around with a visible gun all the time and have yet to hear a word about it.
All of these guns are high-quality, reasonably affordable, concealable, and extensively tested by military and/or law enforcement. Any of these choices would be an excellent investment for your first firearm, and most police officers or soldiers would tell you the same thing.
After you own a good handgun, the next purchase should be either a shotgun or a semi-auto rifle, depending on your circumstances. Shotguns are recommended for home defense because they are easier to hit your target with, and the pellets don’t typically penetrate thin apartment walls. But on the negative side, if you have multiple people and/or pets in your household, you are much more likely to accidentally hit one of them with the blast when you are trying to shoot the bad guys.
Shotguns can be used for hunting as well, but you will probably want two interchangeable barrels. For close quarters defense you want the shortest barrel legally allowed. For hunting fowl or small game you’ll want a longer barrel.
I recommend a good 12 gauge pump-action short barrelled shotgun with a pistol grip, assuming they are legal in your jurisdiction. These are good bedroom defense guns, and can also be carried in a vehicle, or under extreme SHTF circumstances they can be used for urban defense. In some cases, just the sound of a man confidently racking his shotgun and demanding identification from the other side of the door, is enough to scare would-be intruders off your property.
When it comes to semi-automatic rifles, the choice is pretty clear. You’ve no doubt heard of the AR-15, as it’s both praised by the gun community, and demonized as “assault rifles” by the neurotic gunphobes. (side note: the “AR” is commonly misinterpreted to stand for “Assault Rifle”, but it actually stands for “ArmaLite Rifle”, named for the company that designed it in 1956.)
There is something to be said for all of the different types of semi-auto rifles but the AR-15 is your best bet as a beginner. It meets all the requirements. Commonly available, inexpensive ammunition. Time-tested design. Extensive usage by military and law enforcement. Affordable packages with wide variety of optional accessories. Modular and easy to take down and clean. Rugged and dependable. The AR-15 sets the standard for American sporting rifles.
The AR-15 is so popular in part because of its versatility. It can be used for sport shooting, hunting, and defense of property. It can also serve as a battle rifle in the event that the need ever arises for Americans to defend their communities from enemies foreign or domestic.
One of the main advantages of the AR is that it accepts high capacity magazines. 30-round mags for the AR are ubiquitous and inexpensive. It can also take mounted accessories such as aftermarket sights, flashlights, forward grips, and bipods.
There has been so much written about the AR-15 by people more knowledgeable than myself, I would refer you to websites such as AR15.com to learn more. Let’s get straight to the list of entry-level recommendations.
That brings us to the final of the four guns every man needs: the hunting rifle. Obviously if you live in a rural area and are an avid outdoorsman, this will probably be the first of the four guns you own.
If you live in the city, it’s still a great idea to own a hunting rifle for marksmanship practice, hunting excursions, and in extreme domestic war scenarios you could even call upon it as a sniper rifle. The way things are going in global politics, a mass insurrection, or land invasion on the United States is not as far-fetched as it once was.
There are a few key features to look for in a hunting rifle. You want a relatively lightweight gun because you could be carrying it over long distances. Bolt-action is preferred but lever-action is a fine choice as well. You should choose a rifle chambered in the caliber best-suited for your intended use. For shorter range hunting in forested or bush areas, go for 30/30 or .35 Remington. For long distances across open spaces, you’re looking at 30.06, .308 Winchester, or 6.5 Creedmoor. The scope is a hugely important component of your hunting rifle, so if you are considering a rifle with a pre-installed scope then it should be examined as carefully as the rest of the gun.
Hunting rifles and scopes can get extremely expensive, due to the high precision requirements and the elite nature of the big game hunting sport. Choosing a scope is such a complex topic that it deserves an entire article unto itself. Let’s look at some of the best entry-level rifles for your standard North American deer hunting trip.
And there you have it. If you own a gun from each of these four categories, you are prepared for just about any situation you’ll encounter. Any additional firearms you buy after this initial set can be chosen for less practical reasons.
There is just as much squabbling about specifics in the gun world as there is in bodybuilding, so I’m sure there will be some alternative opinions. You can knock yourself out in the comments. For this article we have shown you the most reliable, most highly-trusted, and most affordable options for the entry-level gun buyer. You simply can’t go wrong with any of the recommended models listed here.