Good Handgunner Advice

Last Wednesday I got to sit down and talk with Buz Mills – the owner of Gunsite – about several things. Amoung the topics discussed was his advice for someone wanting to obtain a handgun for personal protection. I didn’t make it easy on Buz, I said give me three and only three pieces of advice.

Sort of carrying on the COL Cooper tradition of directness, Buz simplified his three things to three words. Based on my experience, this might be the best, simpliest, non BS advice I have heard anyone offer with regard to this topic.

Buz said, “1911250 and now.

Translated this means buy a 1911 of some sort, take the Gunsite 250 Pistol Class and do it now.

I’ll not be so presumptious to think I can say anything that would compete with those three words but with regard to the advice Buz offered, I will say that those three words very aplty describe the equipment and training you need as well as the necessity with which you should get with the program.

Well played Buz. Well played indeed.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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4 Responses to Good Handgunner Advice

  1. Jim Dodd says:

    It doesn’t have to be a 1911, the S&W M&P Pro will do as well for example; but getting into a Gunsite 250 with something is really necessary condition. I did mine with a Browning HP, but it is time to return to the mountain. 😉

  2. Samantha Mann says:

    I used the Browning HP as well with no regrets. Gunsite is the real trick to it. Very glad I went. Even more glad that my sis-in-law went with me.

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  4. Rev. Roger A. Shervington says:

    Sandy bought me a 1911 at Gunsite last Range Day — love it! Took the 3 day revolver course last year (150?) but at 64 with two bad knees I’m not sure I could make it through the 5-day 250 class although I just might try. We will return to Gunsite for occasional Range Days and classes we can handle.

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