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  This book may soon be out of date, but it is a good start: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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