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    The Semi-Official Firearms Questionnaire

    We see folks asking a lot of the same questions over and over. It occurred to me that maybe if we had one Questionnaire we could point folks to then they could provide the information needed so that we could help them make a good choice.

    With that thought in mind I present the "alpha test" of the "Semi-Official Firearms Questionnaire".

    Please feel free to nit-pick and make suggestions up to, and including telling me this is a stupid idea

    The semi-official “I’m buying a gun” questionnaire.

    I’m buying this firearm for…

    • Self Defense
    • High speed competitions
    • High precision/accuracy competitions
    • Informal Plinking
    • I don’t know/haven’t decided

    Research
    • I’ve done a ton of research I just need a tiebreaker
    • I’ve done some research
    • I’ve done very little research
    • I don’t even know where to start…HELP!

    Type
    • I think I’m looking for a Rifle
    • I think I’m looking for a Shotgun
    • I think I’m looking for a Semi-Automatic Pistol
    • I think I’m looking for a Revolver

    Trigger type

    • Single Action Only (SAO)
    • Double Action Only (DAO)
    • Double Action/Single Action (DA-SA)
    • I don’t know what any of that means

    Has a recent crisis been the driving force in deciding to get a firearm?
    • No
    • Yes

    Experience
    • I have a lot of experience, I’m just looking for outside opinions.
    • I have general experience with many types of firearms.
    • I have some experience with (fill in blank) but not with anything else.
    • I don’t have much experience but have fired a (fill in firearm) before.
    • I’ve never touched a firearm before in my life.

    Training (I have had the following…)

    • extensive firearms training by qualified instructors
    • Informal training by an instructor
    • Informal training by another shooter
    • Self Taught/No training

    I am
    • Male
    • Female

    Physical Size
    • Titan
    • Large
    • Average
    • Small

    My hands are
    • Large
    • Average
    • Small

    Do you have any problems with your hands (arthritis, missing digits, etc.)
    (Fill in blank)

    Concealability (I plan to carry)
    • I don’t plan to carry this firearm
    • Open Carry
    • Concealed by a cover garment
    • Concealed IWB (inside the waistband/inside clothing)
    • I require “deep concealment”
    • I have no idea what any of this means
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    Very nice!

    I’m buying this firearm for…
    You forgot Hunting


    It may also be good to add Sights/Optics:
    - Military sights
    - Adjustable irons
    - Night Sights
    - Red Dot/Holosight
    - Scope
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    Nice start. May I offer a few additions. Under:

    I’m buying this firearm for…
    * What's a firearm?

    Research
    * WHAT?

    Type
    * What are all those things?

    Has a recent crisis been the driving force in deciding to get a firearm?
    * I'll wait for the recount before I decide

    Experience
    * EXPERIENCE? YOU MEAN I NEED EXPERIENCE?!


    Training (I have had the following…)
    * TRAINING? YOU MEAN I NEED TRAINING?!


    I am
    * I'll decide next week.

    Physical Size
    * Yes.
    * No.

    My hands are
    * Yes.
    * No.

    Concealability (I plan to carry)
    * You mean I have to CARRY it to be able to use it?

    Remember, even Kalifornia types abound.

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    Something about temperment and clumsiness, perhaps...

    And an option under "experience:" "That's for old guys. Like you."

    More seriously:

    Find out how mechanically inclined the person is (a car mechanic is perhaps capable of looking at a larger range of guns than is someone who calls the plumber for a stopped sink), and how much time they "plan" to spend in practice (once a week is different than once a year).

    If self-defense, perhaps consider asking if they're sure they could shoot someone if needed (or just want the gun to scare someone away).

    And ask for details about any recent event (I wouldn't use "crisis") that may have prompted their interest in a firearm purchase: if you get, "Yeah--my husband's leaving me for his secretary, and I'm going to teach them both a lesson!" well, that would be nice to know about before you get too involved.

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    Excellent!A lot of good thoughts and fine ideas in your post.

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    you forgot hunting
    DOH! Thanks for the catch.

    I like the suggestions, please keep 'em coming so we can fine tune this.
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    I dunno. I think it's more fun to probe at the querent and find out what's up. Lotsa questions are sort of asked in a vacuum (usually by newbies), where it is sometimes difficult to ask a sensible question without antecedent knowledge.

    To my mind, it sort of gets them more involved with the board, lets them meet some of the folks who are attempting an answer, establishes a rapport with the members, etc.

    To "rigidify" this process in that way seems to me sort of counter productive, and may be too formal for a lot of the more timid newbies and incidentally smacks of a job application.

    The anwers offered can be formal and rigorous, but I don't think it's a good idea to put the querent through a strainer.

    I prefer the "cracker barrel" kind of atmosphere.

    Just my thoughts. Jump on me if you want.

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    230RN,
    That's interesting because my own experience has been 180 degrees in the opposite direction when I did this over at the CandlePower forums. A lot of newbies had remained silent a looooong time because they were intimidated just by not knowing where to start and they really appreciated having a "starting point".

    The thing is this would in no way be anything mandatory.
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    Training (I have had the following…)
    • extensive firearms training by qualified instructors
    • Informal training by an instructor
    • Informal training by another shooter
    • Self Taught/No training
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    You should put something between extensive and informal. For example, one concealed carry course or one NRA Basic Pistol course would fall between Informal training by an instructor and extensive training by qualified instructors.

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    good point
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    This question will go over well.

    Experience
    • I have a lot of experience, I’m just looking for outside opinions.
    • I have general experience with many types of firearms.
    • I have some experience with (fill in blank) but not with anything else.
    • I don’t have much experience but have fired a (fill in firearm) before.
    • I’ve never touched a firearm before in my life.

    I've talked to a lot of people and they are always an Expert.....

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    I think this is a good idea. Give people a starting point to help them ask meaningful questions.

    I agree with Ponytail, there's no option for where I was -- "I've taken First Steps and Basic Pistol and now I'm ready to buy something."

    Type
    • I think I’m looking for a Rifle
    • I think I’m looking for a Shotgun
    • I think I’m looking for a Semi-Automatic Pistol
    • I think I’m looking for a Revolver
    Need to add, "A long gun, I don't know what type." and "A pistol, I don't know what type".

    And for the "self-defense" breaking it down between home defense and carry would useful. And you might want to add, I want one gun to serve several purposes".
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    I wrote this up a while back for posting on the "Newbie HELP!!!" threads. It might spark some ideas.

    There are a ton of different factors to consider. Some of them include:

    What fits in your hand?

    Where on your body can you conceal and how large a gun can you conceal there?

    How often do you intend to train with your gun?

    Are you more familiar with semi-autos or revolvers? Which do you prefer?

    Is cost a consideration when choosing a caliber?

    Is cost a consideration when choosing the gun itself?

    How strong are you? Weight of the gun, weight of the ammo in it, and weight of the reload are all considerations.
    Are you mechanically inclined so that you will enjoy working with a gun that wants a lot of cleaning, lubrication, and general maintenance or would you prefer something that can take some neglect/abuse?

    What is your lifestyle? What sort of environment do you work in? Will your gun need to stand up against any particular harsh conditions?

    Evaluating this and other factors led my DH to choose and S&W M&P 9mm and to decide that a compact of the same gun would be useful for hot weather and led me to choose a Taurus 85 .38special revolver.

    Unless you're under some sort of immediate threat of violence, there are few drawbacks to taking the time to do your research and think things through thoroughly.
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    I'm working on the master list offline, adding your suggestions and making some modifications.
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    Well, I guess it's worth a try. Still smacks of an employment application, though. I guess I just prefer the more "folksy" approach, but I'm not willing to dig my heels in on it.

    Maybe title it "Help Us Help You."

    I don't mind being wrong. Had a lot of experience in that --since I'm wrong 49% of the time.

    If I may propose another question:

    I "get" jokes, japes, jibes and wisecracks:

    (A) All of the time
    (B) Most of the time
    (C) Only when there's a "smiley" floating around nearby.
    (D) Only when the following post contains a "ROFL."
    (E) Almost never
    (F) Never
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    I would be more interested in finding a questionaire that was similar to the one that most government "officials" (elected) have damn near flunked in the other thread
    http://www.thehighroad.us/showthread.php?t=402605

    Some of the questions would have to be concerning the laws that are already out there to show the non-informed what sort of laws that the media CONSTANTLY gets incorrect, such as..

    "Do you know and understand the difference between a fully automatic firearm, and a semi-automatic."

    I'm sure that there are a LOT of other questions that would be useful as an informative, rather than condescending format.
    The '68 NFA laws and such, the average response times of police to a scene,
    and a few of the founding fathers quotes, a "who said this" or where/when was this statement made, and who by kind of questions....
    This would be a very useful tool to inform the ignorant anti crowd.
    and I use ignorant in it's original meaning, not in a degrading way, I simply mean those not-informed, or mis-informed by the media and so on, but this would have to be a truly factual and non-emotional piece.

    There would have to be all the factors... economic, political, historical, and just plain fun questions.
    Anyone else think this could be a good thing?
    That would be great to have when an anti who spouts off the rhetoric that gets pushed on them as "fact", and they say something stupid like "What's to keep you from using your guns to go on a murderous rampage." Or some other silly nonsense.

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    it's been done.

    http://www.gunfacts.info/
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    Very nice as usual ZeSpectre. However there are a couple of vague things I was hoping you could clarify. As far as size goes, what is considered large and what is considered a titan? Also maybe you could put a section about recoil sensitivity and or smallbore, midbore, largebore? Perhaps even something to do with country of origin? Not sure if any of thats even relevant though.
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