The proper choice of a firearm is dependent on many factors, such as:
- the person's ability
- dedication to training and safety
- environment in which the gun will be stored or carried
- whether it will be kept in a home or place of business, kept in a vehicle or carried concealed.
Handguns may be appropriate for any of these cases, but shotguns or rifles may be good choices for some as well. Although concealed carry is becoming more and more prevalent, not everyone who buys a gun is going to actually carry it. Home protection is a much more common objective than frequent concealed carry. All this means that there are seemingly endless choices, which is probably the reason that people are asking you for advice in the first place. Again, be prepared to give helpful advice or be prepared to refer people to someone who can.
Remember, a well reasoned response will show people you have given serious thought to a subject that they consider important. If you don't take advantage of the opportunities when they present themselves, you will miss a valuable way to contribute to the safety of your community.