This is the one most often asked of those who choose to own or carry a firearm. There are several reasons one may choose to carry a firearm, including:
Protection of Self and Family
Excercise of a Consitutional Right
These are just a few of the many valid reasons people choose to own or carry firearms. here at Tennessee Handgun Carry, we recommend you give it some thought, and have an answer prepared somewhere in the back of yor mind. That way, when you do eventually get asked that question – and you WILL – you'll sound more rational and intelligent than you generally will trying to come up with an off-the-cuff answer.
Pardon the pun, but that is a loaded question. The only universal answer we can give is that the firearm you decide to carry should be like the question itself — loaded. It should also be safe and 100% reliable. Beyond that, there are numerous factors to consider before deciding on what is the best firearm for you personally to carry. As with WHY you carry a firearm, WHAT you're carrying may depend on several factors, including, but not limited to:
Climate or Time of Year
The Specific Occasion
To help you get started with your decision, check out our Basics page, to familiarize yourself with the different types of handguns. This should help give you a better idea of what type of firearm you may be most comfortable with.
This will also depend on several factors, including the caliber, brand, and model of gun you are carrying. Firearm performance will vary from one gun to another, even with the same ammunition. Similarly, a particular brand of ammunition may work well in one firearm, but may cause issues in another firearm. These are our general recomendations for ammunition:
While there are varying opinions regarding this issue, we DO NOT recommend using reloaded ammunition for self defense, if it can possibly be avoided
Use factory loaded hollow point ammunition designed for self defense when carrying your firearm
Thoroughly test the ammunition you plan to carry in the firearm you will be carrying
Find out what local law enforcement officers carry in their duty firearms, and use the same ammunition, if it is available