One of the most common struggles new concealed carriers face is figuring out what gun to buy. The process can feel overwhelming for sure! Guns aren’t cheap. You want to make sure you don’t “waste” money on a gun that isn’t right for you.
There are soooooo many guns to choose from. And there’s an abundance of opinions out there! Many of them are conflicting opinions depending on who you talk to. If you are an over-analyzer (like me!) this is a recipe for decision paralysis 😱 .
Can you imagine choosing a car without test driving some choices?
People want to be able to tell you what you will like. I think it makes them feel like they are an expert if they know what you need. But it’s impossible. After helping thousands of students, I know there is absolutely no way to predict which guns people will end up liking.
The only way to know what you like is to actually shoot different guns. You have to experience them.
So how do you try different guns? Unfortunately you don’t get to try guns for free like you get to test drive cars for free. And renting guns can add up quickly. 💰
Have you ever rented a gun at a range? There are alot of fees involved.
$20 lane fee
$10-$15 gun rental
$20+ for a box of ammo in whatever caliber the gun is
plus another few dollars for a target and ear & eye protection rental
That is over $50 just to rent one gun!
Let’s say you want to try a different one.
You still have time left on your lane rental. But you’ll have to pay another $10-$15 for the next gun. If it’s the same caliber, you can use the ammo you already bought. But if it is a different caliber, you’ll have to buy another $20+ box of ammo.
Let’s say you want get crazy and try out 15 different guns. You decide to try some of the most popular concealed carry guns in 6 different calibers: .22, .380, 9mm, 38 Special, .40, and .45
$20 lane fee
$10-$15 x10 guns = $150 or more!
6 boxes of ammo in 6 different calibers costing $20 each = over $100 in ammo!
It could cost you well over $250 to try 15 different guns in all these different calibers. Then you’d still have to dish out another $300-$600 to BUY the gun you want. Ugh.
We have an A-MAZ-ING opportunity on our range that we refer to as the “Sampler Pack”. It allows you to shoot 15 different guns in 6 different calibers for about 80% off of what it would cost you at a range. We have never heard of any range offering anything like this at all. It’s a really cool opportunity!
It doesn’t replace the regular range training. Everyone works with an instructor to do the “regular” shooting portion. People who buy the sampler pack do this as additional shooting during the last half of the range portion. (And don’t worry- it doesn’t add extra time on; you have to be on the range for 2 hours to meet state requirements anyway. You’d do the sampler during the second hour.)
We give you a sheet of paper that has the names of all the guns you are shooting and space to make notes next to them. (You keep this paper for your records so you actually remember what you liked/didn’t like afterwards when you are gun shopping.)
An instructor will be working the Sampler lanes to assist you and answer your questions as you move down the lanes trying all the different guns. (If you go to a range and rent guns, you are all on your own! So this is another huge benefit!)
You will load 2 shots in each gun, fire them, write down any notes you want to make and then move to the next gun. 2 shots might not sound like a lot, but trust me. It is enough to let you know if that gun is “in the running” for you.
It doesn’t replace the standard training. It adds additional training.
You’ll still get trained just like everyone else, either with your gun or our 22lr. But after you work with the instructor, instead of watching others get trained, you’ll be able to test fire all of the Sampler pistols under the guidance of an instructor.
Trying all these different guns can really help you narrow in on what you like and don’t like. This will make the gun shopping process so much easier! And it will help prevent you from wasting money on a gun that you later realize isn’t right for you.
As you try out these 15 different guns, you’ll get to experience different features (grip safeties, lasers, short trigger pulls, long trigger pulls, different grip widths and sizes, etc) and also different calibers (.22, .380, 9mm, .40, .45 and .38 special).
People waste money on guns they end up not liking all the time.
The guy behind the counter told them it would be the perfect gun for them.
Or their law enforcement friend told them it was what they needed.
Or their coworker said it is the gun their wife has and loves.
You get the idea.
It happens so often.
Everyone has opinions on what is right for you.
But you have to actually try guns to know what YOU LIKE!
Plain and simple.
The Sampler lets you try lots of popular options for a fraction of what it would cost to rent all those guns at a range.
The Sampler includes shooting guns in 6 different calibers.
There are more .380 and 9mm options than the other calibers since those are what most people choose for concealed carry.
Ruger SR-22 *#7 in TWAW Survey
Sig Sauer p238 *#6 in TWAW Survey
Ruger LCP *#9 in TWAW Survey
Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 380EZ *#1 in TWAW Survey
9mm Luger (standard 9mm)
Sig Sauer p365 *#2 in TWAW Survey
Smith & Wesson Shield 9 *#4 in TWAW Survey
Glock 43 *#3 in TWAW Survey
Smith & Wesson M&P 40c
.38 Special (Revolver)
**This list could be different on your particular class day. It doesn’t happen often but we sometimes have to substitute out certain guns due to repairs or other maintenance on them.**
You can purchase it on the day of class or purchase it in advance in our online store. At class you can pay with cash or card at check-in or during any breaks.
We like for you to know about this before class so you have time to think about if doing the sampler will be helpful for you.
We will briefly mention in class but we don’t have time to go into all these details.
Our goal is to help you be a successful concealed carrier. And an important piece to that is having the right gun.