10 Lessons From The Worst Gun She Ever Owned

    LuckyGunner Lounge has a new writer: Melody Lauer, who comes with an full set of credentials as an NRA handgun instructor and rangemaster. Her first article is well worth reading, documenting her abortive first handgun purchase – a Kimber Ultra Carry:

    The day I turned 21 was one of the most memorable days of my life. Not only for the legal drinks at the local Applebee’s, but for the hour-long trek to a not-so-local gun store to make the most exciting, and ultimately worst, purchase of my life—a Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry chambered in .40S&W.

    I took a lot of pride in choosing my first handgun. I believed I’d done my research.

    Being new to firearms, I made a list of requirements and handed them to my husband. He came up with several guns that would meet these requirements and off we went, stumbling through a, sadly, anticlimactic purchase.

    Kimber Ultra Carry
    All that’s left of my Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry is this photo and a few bitter memories

     

    I had never been so excited as when I walked into that gun store, or so worried as when the owner implied that I was making a straw purchase for my husband. I was never so insulted as when he tried to talk me out of my beautiful Kimber and into a snub-nose revolver, or so stoic as when I demanded my 1911, or so annoyed at his lack of enthusiasm that this was my first handgun purchase.  I was never so confused as to why I couldn’t hit the target, or so infuriated that the gun wouldn’t fire three rounds without it jamming, or so exasperated as seeing the amount of money I spent on gunsmiths trying to get it to run. Finally; I was never so relieved as when a coworker bought it off of me for a fraction of what I dumped into it.

    I shed actual tears over that gun, but learned some valuable lessons along the way.

    Many years of concealed carry, a few dozen training classes, eight years as a firearms instructor, and two jobs behind gun counters have come and gone since that Kimber. I worked my way through a myriad of autos and revolvers, in all manner of calibers, carried in a number of different holsters.  Along the way, I’ve learned a few things about buying a gun.

    I substantially agree with the ten lessons she relays, which are as follows:

    LESSON 1 – DEFENSIVE CALIBERS DON’T HAVE TO START WITH “4”

    LESSON 2 – CAPACITY IS COOL

    LESSON 3 – SAFETIES ARE IRRELEVANT IF YOU ARE NOT SAFE

    LESSON 4 – IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE MADE OF METAL

    LESSON 5 – REPUTATIONS CAN CHANGE

    LESSON 6 – FIND REPUTABLE SOURCES OF INFORMATION

    LESSON 7 – GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE MAKES LOYAL CUSTOMERS

    LESSON 8 – IF IT DOESN’T FIT, IT FRUSTRATES

    LESSON 9 – LOOKS DON’T MATTER (BUT THEY KIND OF DO)

    LESSON 10 – NOTHING IS MORE FUN THAN A GUN THAT RUNS

    She closes the article with a question for her readers, which could make for engaging conversation:

    Have you ever bought a gun and wish you hadn’t? What other lessons have you learned that hard way that other shooters might be able to learn from? Let us know in the comments below.

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]


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