Over the last few weeks, I’ve had scores of emails asking for advice on the purchase of a handgun. I can only hope that these readers are buying guns in response to recent gun control activities in the United Nations. I envision an America so overflowing with handguns in the homes (and cars and holsters) of law-abiding citizens that the U.N. ceases its futile efforts to subvert our Second Amendment rights.
Since most of my readers are seeking pistols lately, rather than revolvers, I am providing a pistol recommendation in every caliber I deem worthy of ownership. I am also including some comments about the appropriate use for each weapon. I hope these opinions are helpful to my readers – especially those considering that all-important first handgun purchase. Of course, each gun purchase is an important decision, not to be taken lightly.
Ruger 10/22 Mark III Hunter. This is by far the toughest category from which to choose a single recommendation. Some new offerings by Walther and Sig Sauer were hard to resist. But the accuracy and reliability of the 10/22 have made it a favorite among target shooters and small-game hunters for years. With adjustable sights and a barrel well over six-inches long, even the novice target shooter will be thrilled with the accuracy of this fine weapon. The fiber optic front sight will also come in handy in the woods. This is really an ideal squirrel gun but the long barrel also produces enough energy to take out foxes, raccoons, and armadillos. This is all the more possible with some of the hotter ammunition now available at most sporting goods stores.