How to Choose Your First Self-Defense Weapon: For those of you who are considering purchasing your first firearm for self-defense, you need to do something. The first thing you need to do, before rushing to a gun store or even looking online, is to stop and think for a bit. You need to ask yourself this VERY SERIOUS question.
First, determine what sort of firearm you want. Do you want a pistol that you can conceal for self-defense? Were you thinking shotgun? Rifle? Figure out what your reasons are for having a firearm, and go from there. There are pros and cons to all, so YOU have to determine what is best for you.
Pistols are obviously much easier to conceal. Rifles are much better for shooting at a distance. Shotguns are the most versatile. Determine what you need, and what will work for you based upon your situation.
Now you might have viewed a bunch of Youtube videos, or read other articles telling you what guns you need for home defense or as a prepper. They may tell you what calibers (bullet size) you should get or to avoid.