Far too often, new gun owners believe everything they read on the internet or hear from their friends about what guns are better or worse than others, simply because they don’t know any better.
As a part of the mission of the USCCA to educate gun owners so they can become responsibly armed citizens, we wanted to take some time to dispel some of the top myths about guns.
Myth: Revolvers do not jam.
Truth: Like any other machine, there is a chance a revolver will malfunction. Usually, a dud primer is the cause of a malfunctioning revolver, but it’s a situation that is easily remedied by pressing the trigger to bring a new round into place under the hammer.
Other mechanical issues can also cause a jam. For instance, general wear and tear can cause springs and screws to come loose. There are other maladies common with revolvers such as “pulled bullets.” Caleb Giddings described this issue in a previous edition of Concealed Carry Magazine as an issue that plagues very lightweight guns: “If the bullet crimp isn’t tight enough, the obscene recoil can actually cause the bullet to move forward in the case which will lock up the cylinder.”
Myth: Snubnose revolvers are best for newbies.
Truth: There isn’t one type of firearm that’s considered “best” for a new gun owner. Each person should take factors like their body size and type, hand strength, visual acuity, and reaction times into consideration when purchasing a gun. Snubnose revolvers in particular are often recommended because they are small and lightweight, but certain characteristics of snubnose revolvers can cause shooting difficulties for someone new to guns.
Myth: Spare magazines aren’t necessary
Truth: Spare magazines aren’t needed for the purpose of having extra ammunition on hand. They’re needed because many of the issues that cause a semi-automatic pistol to malfunction can be fixed by taking the current magazine out, running the slide, and putting a new magazine into place.
There are several other myths out there regarding guns, and while you can’t believe everything you see or hear, you can believe what the USCCA tells you. Our goal is to provide you with accurate information to help you become a self-reliant, educated and responsibly armed citizen. Check out our website today to read additional articles regarding guns, concealed carry, tips for protecting yourself and your family, and more.