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Clint Smith


ing pistol made today is Glock. There are other guns, Springfield XDs and Smith & Wesson M&P models, that are similar. But based on money and all-out function, Glock best addresses the problem of affordability. Bluntly, Glock’s attempt to “address” the mar- ket has been its only flaw; and yet you can’t fault Glock for trying to deal with competitors and the forever-bi- zarre consumer. Hands down the best pistol is the Glock 17 — yeah I know 9mm, then again we are trying to save money and the Glock 17 in 9mm is probably most affordable when it comes to buying ammo. If smaller is a requirement, although I might have you question why a smaller gun is bet- ter to save your life with; I would opt for the Glock 19 as best all around contender for smallish, functional and of decent caliber. You can save money by reducing


Practice with all your weapons systems, as well as your weapon- mounted lights.


THREE GUNS FOR HOME DEFENSE


These categories of firearms break down into: rifles of either semi-automatic or bolt-action workings; handguns of semi-au- tomatic or revolver actions; and shotguns with pump-action or semi-automatic versions available.


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Often, gun magazine articles ad- dress firearms many people


can’t


afford due to life or family commit- ments; however, they still need or want a firearm that may be used to address an issue that most of us are smart enough to want to avoid. That said, trouble often isn’t selective and it doesn’t always break into the home


of the person with a belt-fed machine gun or the $3,000 high-tech black rifle. So this is an attempt to look at affordable; note I didn’t say cheap, I said affordable — I think the lawyers call this point arguable.


Handguns I think the most affordable work-


the caliber size, but for flat-out person- al defense try not to scrimp on ammo; shoot the best ammo you can, like Corbon DPX. Corbon’s DPX 9mm is as effective as any 9mm will be and much better than most. So, shoot ball ammo in practice and get some good ammo for defense even if only a box or two — I mean how many 2-magazine gunfights have you been in? I would have at least six magazines and not just for the concept of the reload, also consider mechanical


failures of use,


ost people have a personal preference, for one type or another from the three basic firearms that are readily available to the private sector — give or take a 4473.


old age or possible damage in a con- flict … six magazines is very conserva- tive, and 10 would better. If you can, build up some ammunition say like 1,000 rounds, and replace it piecemeal as you shoot older stuff in practice — sort of like stock boys do when they rotate groceries at the store. Today’s Glocks have light-rail frames and are slightly expensive — although not by industry standards. I would save and buy the SureFire X300, as you’ll see, the X300 fits on my shotgun and rifle so it transfers quickly to whatever gun it might be required on. On the X300 cost, trust me it is cheap compared to shooting down a dark hallway and killing one of your kids … get a good light, use it to find the light switch on the wall and turn the lights on to solve your problems. Yeah, I know the local “tactical expert says” … but he won’t attend your family member’s funerals either … so turn the darn light on. Get a good holster, belt and spare


ammo carrier if you plan to carry out- side the home.


The Street Sweeper Although you won’t be clearing


many streets, PERSONAL DEFENSE the name itself has a


ring to it, huh? The shotgun has been around a long


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