How To Choose A Gun – 5 Tips From a Retired Navy SEAL

Chris Sajnog explains how to choose a firearm.

Hi, I’m a retired Navy Seal, Chris Sajnog, and the author of Navy SEAL Shooting. One of the top 20 most frequently asked questions I get is, “How to choose a gun? Where should I start?” 

If you’re a new gun owner or you don’t own a gun yet, and you’re like, “Where do I start?” Well, that is a super common question, and the answer is these five steps.

#1 Do You Need A Firearm

Step number one is to simply decide if a firearm is right for you. Don’t think just because you want to protect yourself or those you love, that a firearm is right for you. 

Firearms are definitely not right for everybody. So decide, whether it’s right for you or not, and that’s step number one.

Chris Sajnog discusses which firearm is best for you.

#2 What Type Of Firearm

After you decide if a firearm is right for you, the next thing you need to do is decide what type of firearm is right for you. There are obviously all kinds of choices you can make: either a handgun, rifle, or shotgun. You need to look at your situation and what you’re planning on using it for to decide what type of firearm is going to be right for you. 

#3 Go To A Gun Store

Number three on how to choose a gun is to go find a gun store where you can go at least look at and hold different firearms to find one that fits your needs and your budget. The best thing you can do is to go get your hands on the equipment.

Try the equipment out. There are a lot of gun stores that also have ranges in them, and you can actually shoot some of these firearms to make sure it’s the right gun for you. 

#4 Blue Guns

Number four is once you decide on what you think is the right gun for you, the best thing you can do is either go get a blue gun or a replica of the exact firearm that you plan on getting. 

See if it’s still right for you because it’s going to be a lot cheaper and a lot safer. You’ll be able to learn and see if it’s right for you before you go and make the purchase of the firearm you’re thinking about getting.


#5 Learn How To Shoot

The fifth and final step is to make sure that you actually learn how to shoot before ever firing the gun. You need to learn how to shoot at home. 

Before you go to the range and start making the gun go bang, you need to learn how to:

You can do all of that stuff at home and you can do it before you ever fire your first round. You’ll be a much better shooter and you’ll learn a lot quicker for it. 

Alright, so that is it for today’s FAQ. Make sure you follow this simple five-step plan on how to choose a gun. Please check out my other 19 five and under-five FAQ posts and videos to continue paving your path to perfection. 

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Retired Navy SEAL Dr. Chris Sajnog, a Master Training Specialist in the Navy, was hand-selected to write the US Navy SEAL Sniper Manual. After retiring from the Navy in 2009, he earned a master’s (MSc) in Health and Human Performace and a doctorate (D.Sc.) in Applied Educational Neuroscience.

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