Many folks have shared that their No. 1 reason for purchasing a firearm is for protection and/or home defense. But did you know that buying a gun could get you much more than you actually bargained for? In addition to getting a gun as an option for protecting yourself and your loved ones, you may also get one or more of the following. You have been warned!
You may discover that shooting guns can be challenging, invigorating and fun. And training may become much more than just training. It may become a vested interest in shooting sports and competitions. And you may just find yourself purchasing additional gear and accessories so you can enjoy this new diversion.
From Purchase to Investment
Guns can be both collectible and profitable. The firearms you purchase today may go up in value tomorrow, especially when demand is high. All in all, even though your purchases may not bring a tenfold increase in worth, guns won’t usually lose value if they are well-maintained and stored and cared for properly.
Along with your knowledge of firearms safety and shooting fundamentals, a gun can be something that you pass along to your children and to many future generations. So, in that sense, a firearm can become more than just a physical inheritance. It can also become somewhat of a legacy as a part of your heritage … and your lineage.
Firearm Purchase Assurance
Knowing that you have options, especially when faced with a deadly threat, can build confidence … not so much that you become arrogant or complacent but rather that you have a new sense of self-assurance and self-reliance. Having firearms and self-defense training can offer a very good feeling of knowing that you are not helpless and you do not have to wait on — or depend on — someone else.
Buying a firearm is more than just having a new defensive tool; it’s also developing a new defensive mindset. This outlook says that you’re ready, willing and able to use a gun safely and efficiently whenever life is in danger and that you will take that immense responsibility with you wherever you go.
Purchase a Calling
You may not have planned to get involved with politics, legislation or government, but buying a gun just may unlock a fire within you. It’s a particular calling not only to be safe and responsible yourself but also to share that safety and responsibility with all those who will listen — and to preserve that right for centuries to come! Don’t be surprised if that fire starts to build within you. It’s amazing how many people purchase a first gun and later on find themselves passionately teaching, sharing or advocating for the Second Amendment!
About Beth Alcazar
Author of Women’s Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals and associate editor of Concealed Carry Magazine, Beth Alcazar has enjoyed nearly two decades of teaching and working in the firearms industry. She holds degrees in language arts, education and communication management and uses her experience and enthusiasm to share safe and responsible firearms ownership and usage with others. Beth is certified through the NRA as a Training Counselor, Chief Range Safety Officer and Certified Instructor for multiple disciplines. She is also a Certified Instructor through SIG Sauer Academy, ALICE Institute, DRAW School, TWAW and I.C.E. Training and is a USCCA Certified Instructor and Senior Training Counselor.