Josh Montgomery: 7 Tips To Overcome Your Fear Of Guns.

Perhaps you are happy with the Second Amendment, but you’re jittery about carrying a gun, it is high time you get over the fear so that the amendment can benefit you. If you have made up your mind to overcome the anti-gun culture, then adopt the tips in this post to overcome a fear of gun.

Tip #1: Face Your Fears Head On

Just merely seeing a gun makes the guts of some people scream, and seeing someone handle it makes the matter even worse for such people. A good number of people have emotional reaction when they behold this piece of metal called gun, even when it is obvious that the gun is not loaded. So, the first step towards overcoming the fear of gun is to start handling it. You should let someone who is already handling the metal properly to assist you in learning how to hold a gun. You should practice with an unloaded gun.

#2: Proceed to Learning How to Shoot Your Gun

You should move from handling a gun to actually shooting a gun, still under the tutelage of an experienced gun user. One of the things you will learn when you start shooting proper is that it takes a lot of effort to hit a target. You will also get to know that many guns’ trigger pull is so hard that accidental firing isn’t something that comes as simple as some TV shows present it.

Tip #3: Reassess the Gun You’re Using Currently

If it appears you are not getting along with your current gun, you should make a reassessment and see if it’s time to change your gun. For instance, a friend of mine started shooting with a little semi-automatic that he termed mean, but later had to replace it with a revolver that was friendlier.

An experienced gun user can help you make a better selection. You can also rely on your local Federal Firearms License holder to help you get the right gun for you — in fact, the licensed gun guys may be willing to help you sell your current gun and choose a more suited gun for you.  

Those super-portable guns that easily fit into your purse can be hard to control, and are bad tempered. The gentler ones are the big ones, and this is because of their sturdy built. If you are a new gun user, you are likely to shoot better with a gun that is not really trim.

Tip #4:  Get a Friendly Option When You want to Carry

Bear in mind that when it comes to holsters, what you pay is what you get. So, the best bet is to experiment with inexpensive ones, rather than go for the ones that cost a fortune. Particularly for ladies, finding a comfy and friendly way to carry can be a tricky thing.

Also, there are factors such as being straighter or curvier, especially for ladies — there are different carry options for each shape. Also, the different dresses such as pants or skirts or dresses also complicate choice making. The smartest move is to locate the part of your body that a holster wouldn’t be very obtrusive — then you can go ahead and make your choice.

Tip #5: Don’t Practice in a Scary Way

Start working on your aim and a laser grip will help you accomplish this. Get the unloaded gun and point it and subsequently activate the laser, to help you see whether you are aiming well or not. Experiment with different  positions — a ready position,  then a relaxed position.

Next, leave your gun in its holster or storage and start the drill, so that you can practice the entire motion. Try getting the feel of a trigger pull with dry-firing (unloaded gun), accomplished without stress, bang, or even incurring expenses on bullets. This practice is one of the ways to overcome fear and anxiety of shooting an actual gun.

Tip #6: Don’t Get too Worked Up

Also, in order to overcome the fear of guns, you need to loosen up. Perhaps, the International Defensive Pistol Association may be a more fun way for a starter to start getting comfortable with the world of gun. Look for a gun club and get in touch with the person leading the club, so that he can assist you on becoming more familiar with your gun. Even the club members with different shooting experiences won’t hesitate to show you tactics for shooting safely and shooting straight. Well, the point is that the Second Amendment did both good and ill —- good that you can defend yourself if messed-up people pick up the gun to harass or attack you — bad that anyone can now carry gun, thereby empowering the mess-up people to carry and use the gun as they wish.

Tip #7: Watch Video Tutorials on Using and Shooting Gun

It will also be very helpful to locate valuable tutorials on how to start handing and shooting with gun. This will help you learn gun shooting techniques. These tutorials would also provide you with tips on how to overcome the fear of handling and shooting with a gun.

However, when you start to practice shooting gun on your own, especially with a loaded gun, ensure there’s an experienced gun user guiding you. If you must start on your own, do that with unloaded gun as instructed earlier, for safety and other beneficial purposes.

Go ahead and adopt these tips to overcome your fear of guns.

8 thoughts on “Josh Montgomery: 7 Tips To Overcome Your Fear Of Guns.

  1. Or just don’t have a gun around. A gun in the home is 9 to 33 more times likely to injure/kill family or friend (depending on what study you want to cite) than an intruder or someone else who is going to inflict harm.

  2. Really, the proper reasons to own guns is largely for various recreational shooting activities or collecting. You are either the exceedingly rare individual in a witness protection plan, or your someone who doesn’t need a defense firearm.

  3. The “studies” trotted out by the anti civil rights crowd, mentioned in comment above, that show a gun in the home is more likely to blah blah blah, are largely hooey. The truth is that guns are used for lawful self defense far and away more than for nefarious purposes. Owning a firearm is a choice, not a compulsory requirement. If a person chooses not to own one, that is their right and I absolutely respect it. But I expect them to respect my right to choose to own a firearm just as highly. The whole point of this article is to reach out to those who choose to.

  4. Pingback: Josh Montgomery: 7 Tips To Overcome Your Fear Of Guns. — Mike The Gun Guy™ | The View From Out West

  5. I love how in the blog post just above this, good ol’ Mike shits all over carrying for self protection and he wants less people shooting them. Which is it, Mike? Pick a fucking side.

  6. The difficulty is many-fold. But it began many years before. It’s how we’re guided while growing up. Fear is a very useful tool to those attempting to control. Fear attaches to many, and once taken hold, is difficult to erase. Some people know their thinking is irrational but are still unable to separate. Some face their fears. Many never come to grips. But facing is important.
    It might have occurred with parents having irrational fears. It may be done through improper education. The media. And more. But it’s always done without a clear understanding. That’s why kids who grow up with responsible parents, including those who use arms as part of their lives, and are taught responsibility, have no irrational fears regarding protection.
    I took a couple relatives to shooting practice. One took to it quite quickly, and improved. The other one only wanted to touch the gun, pull on an empty chamber, then quickly walked away. The first was more common-sensed in action. The other has life experiences in fear and anxiety. I’ve even shown them the “take-down” of the gun, the parts, and discussed safety. In fact, I was far more conscious of safety then the two. The first was unaware of little mistakes, so I educated. Remember, a gun is just a tool. A necessary tool. Like with any tool, training and experience helps. Try to operate a chainsaw or skill saw without proper education and you might regret and have to go to the hospital. Yet, the second has returned to wanting nothing to do with them.
    One could have irrational fears about cars, which cause far more injuries and death. If we constantly showed programs about evil cars, about car-maiming due to “sick” people, saw all the facts about car deaths and how the car causes terrible accidents, are taught the dangers of cars and how many people are killed daily (and this went on daily, including every time someone was hurt or killed, with exposes of how the families’ were traumatized), you could create a fear of cars where some people don’t want to live in the city any more. But we don’t do that.
    But without understanding and experience, how will one ever understand life? Life is not going to leave you alone? Yes, you may live in ivory towers, a gated community, and venture only in the safest places, mapping where you go and being only with other gun-fearing people. But is that reality? Are we closing our eyes to the world as it is? Having a gun doesn’t mean harming anyone. It’s simply another tool to prevent harm. We have bars on windows. We have alarms. We have the police, whom we rely upon, who carry guns. But what happens if a burgler enters our homes, someone comes up in the parking lot, or we’re walking downtown and realize we’re being tracked. Yes, awareness is key. Many times I saw what was coming, and my awareness prevented. But we all have to realize, though we may never find the need, that the need does exist. And once someone is in the position where they were in danger, but had no protection, suddenly the realization of safety and protection becomes key, or the person hides at home.

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