Episode 11 – For The Brand New Gun Buyer

If you have recently decided to get a gun to protect yourself, where do you start?  Where can you get all your rookie gun questions answered without feeling stupid?

In this episode, I discuss my own journey from “anti-gun person” to an enthusiastic gun-owner.  Then I am joined by Bob Mayne, NRA firearms instructor and podcaster at the Handgun World Podcast, to answer some questions and to tell the first-time gun-buyer where else to get their basic gun questions answered.

We also discuss some good info on how to find firearms classes and trainers, and how to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon (CCW) in public.

Here are the websites, and a podcast discussed:

NRA Gun Safety Rules

NRA Firearms Instructors

CCW Laws In The Different States

Handgun World Podcast with Bob Mayne

The Self-Defense Radio Network


Bob mentioned Gunvault gun safes, including this one:

Gunvault GV2000C-DLX Multi Vault Deluxe Gun Safe


Here are some good books on gun basics:

Guns 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Buying and Owning Firearms, by David Steier

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Guns: A Green Light Shooting Book, Kindle Edition, by Chad Shellabarger

Handgun Basics Boot Camp – Choosing your First Handgun, Handling it Safely, and How to NOT Look Stupid at the Range, Kindle Version, by Taylor Hendricksen

For women gun-carriers (and also for men):

The Handgun Guide for Women: Shoot Straight, Shoot Safe, and Carry with Confidence, by Tara Dixon Engel

This book is dated, but has good advice anyway:

The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning, by John S. Farnam


Here is a good book on the rules that cover CCW permits in all the states.  This book may soon be out of date, but it is a good start:

Multi-State CCW: Concealed Carry Handbook Paperback – May 16, 2016, by Michael Cox

Here is another helpful book.  Again, it may be dated soon, but it is a good start:

2018 Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States by J Scott Kappas, esq.

This book looks helpful:

Gun Laws By State 2018 Edition: Reciprocity And Gun Laws Quick Reference Guide (Volume 7) Paperback – November 7, 2017, by Bryan L. Ciyou, esq.


These books, websites, podcast, and our audio discussion, are not definitive on all the safety and legal rules that may apply to you, so do your own research and stay on top of the legal rules that apply to you in your location.  Also, take gun safety very seriously.


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Episode 9 – Surviving An Active Shooter Situation

These horrible events are becoming common enough that people need to know what to do if they are caught in the middle of one.  In this episode I discuss ideas that will increase your chances of surviving an active shooter situation.


Here is an excellent article on the subject:

What To Do In An Active Shooter Situation, By Brett and Kate McKay, Art of Manliness, November 30, 2015


Do good guys with guns really stop mass shootings?  Of course they do.  Here are a few confirming articles:

20 Times Bad Guys Were Stopped by Armed Citizens in 2016, by AWR Hawkins, Breitbart, December 29, 2016

Do Citizens (Not Police Officers) With Guns Ever Stop Mass Shootings?, by Eugene Volokh, The Washington Post, October 3, 2015

11 Times A Good Guy With A Gun Stopped A Bad Guy, Saving Lives, by Washington Times, 2017

Want To Stop Mass Shootings? Let’s Get More Guns In The Right Hands, by David Kopel and Joseph Greenlee, The Hill, June 18, 2017

Compiling Cases Where Concealed Handgun Permit Holders Have Stopped Mass Public Shootings And Other Mass Attacks, by Crime Prevention Research Center, September 20, 2016


Some books referred to in this episode:

EMP: The End Of The Grid As We Know It, by Cal Wilson

On Killing, by Dave Grossman

The War On Guns, by John R. Lott

More Guns, Less Crime, 3rd Edition, by John R. Lott

The War On Cops, by Heather MacDonald


Also check …





Here is the In The Rabbit Hole podcast I referred to:

Episode 113: James Price of Death Valley Magazine


Here are some great gun podcasts:

Handgun World Podcast

God And Guns Podcast

Modern Self Protection


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