If you are ready to buy a gun, there are a number of options on where to purchase your firearm. The Well Armed Woman does not currently sell firearms or ammunition. In our products section, you will find wonderful options for everything you will need, but your gun.
We have reviewed the two different options, revolvers and semi-automatic pistols in the article What Kind of Gun? Here we discussed what criteria you need to consider along with the advantages and disadvantages of each. This should have assisted you in determining which is the best choice for you.
With this decision made, the next decision is which brand and model fits and feels the best in your hands and will do the best job for you. There are many fine brands with varying price points. Although cost is important and will be an important factor in selecting your firearm, the protection of your live and that of your lived ones is not a place to skimp. Safety, reliability and comfort should not be sacrificed. Buy a good gun. It might just save your life!
It is YOUR Decision To Make!
A word about husbands, boyfriends and well meaning family members. YOU need to select YOUR firearm. It is not recommended that you have someone else buy it for you or give you a “hand-me-down.” Although their intentions are to help you to protect yourself, they are not you and just can’t make the selection for you.
It is like buying a good pair of shoes…. No one can buy a pair of fine pumps for you.. Look, feel, comfort and wearability can only be determined by you. Enough said!!
Before You Head Out
The options of where to buy a gun are listed below. Do some research prior to shopping. Read reviews and find out what other women are saying. The Well Armed Woman has a wonderful collection of gun reviews written by women. You can view them here.
When you visit a gun store or gun show – ask questions! I suggest you prepare a list of questions to bring with you. The more prepared you are, the less intimidating this experience can be. Be aware that male sales staff may not fully understand your needs and remember – THERE ARE NO BAD OR DUMB QUESTIONS. If you are not treated respectfully or taken seriously – tell them so and go to another store. Ask what you need to ask and handle the guns to see how they feel in your hands. Some gun stores are also shooting ranges. Many of them offer the ability to rent different types of guns and have the chance to fire a particular model prior to purchasing.
BUYING YOUR GUN
Many states require waiting periods when purchasing a firearm. You will complete your paperwork, pay in full for the firearm and will be allowed to go back to the dealer and pick up your firearm once that period has passed. Visit the Legal Issues page and see what is required in your state.
Online Gun Store
Private Party Sales
Here is a great article full of great tips on buying a used gun from Chuck Hawk. BUYING A USED GUN
Buying Your First Gun Part 1
Buying Your First Gun Part 2
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