I’m not a gun guru. I just play one on the Internet. Lucky for me, I have you, our Armed Intelligentsia to keep me and the guys honest. If we offer factually or strategically bad advice you guys let us know—in no uncertain terms. We amend our text as needed, learn and develop. I am, in fact, a student at The Truth About Guns University. And when I go to a gun store I am amazed at the misinformation provided by professional gun salesmen and women. Check this from a dailydemocrat.com story about soaring gun sales in California . . .
“Most people think a handgun is a good idea because they have no idea about guns,” [Glendora’s Gunslingers Gun Shop owner Jeff] Taverner said. “I always try to explain to people that a handgun in the house is not a good idea.”
Taverner said a shotgun is a better choice for home defense.
“Usually the noise will get (intruders) on their way,” he said.
Yes it’s ye olde “racking a pump-action shotgun will send bad guys scurrying” misegos. Even if it might, do you really want to depend on that? A handgun on the hip in the house is better than most anything else you can name—especially a shotgun that may not be within arm’s reach. And a handgun lets you use a hand for dialing 911, gathering friendlies, opening doors, etc. And, and, and.
In terms of product knowledge, I’ve heard some pretty ridiculous mistakes by sales staff. How about a rifle for skeet shooting? Seriously.
What’s the worst advice you’ve heard at your LGS, and why do you think so many gun stores get it so badly wrong?