Category: Sports & Recreation | Issue: March 2020
Ask the Expert What is the best firearm for beginners? There is no shortcut to finding the right firearm for you, especially if you are new to the world of gun ownership. Considering some of these factors will help you get started. What is your experience with firearms? For starters, there is nothing wrong with beginning with a nice comfy firearm like a .22 caliber. Although this may not be the top pick of experts in the field, it is actually a recommended buy for those wanting to get the feel of handling a firearm. Aside from being inexpensive, it is fun and easy to use, making it a great choice for beginners. Handgun, shotgun or rifle, which is best? First off, ask yourself why you are buying a firearm in the first place. If you need a range gun, you should buy whatever suits you best. If you are looking for concealed carry, you need to take the overall appearance into account. can it be easily hidden under your clothing? Do you plan to use your firearm for protection, hunting, or competitive shooting? Determining your primary use will lead you to the right choice. Budget? Your budget plays an important role in choosing the best firearm for you. Maintaining it can be very expensive due to the high cost of ammunition and cleaning supplies. Training and practice is another expense to plan on, too. Avoid being "penny-wise and pound-foolish," and buy the best quality firearm you can afford. Otherwise, you might only be placing yourself in grave danger. Ultimately, what you buy depends on you. Before you buy, inspect its overall condition and the way it feels in your hands. Avoid being swayed by someone else's experience and consult a professional who is experienced in fitting the right firearm to the right person.
Owners, Danny Jones and Andy Shidell, have a history dating back to college where they were fraternity brothers. The two became good friends and kept in touch after graduation. Danny grew up in Broken Arrow and ran a sand and gravel business with his brother and sister. Andy is from Mustang, OK, and was employed as a U.S. probation officer and firearms instructor. He also competed with pistols. Both men formally retired about two years ago. The guys had previous discussions about one day opening a business together. Crusader Tactical, located on the Northeast corner of 101st in Elm, in Broken Arrow, offers a large selection of firearms, accessories, service, and classes. Crusader Tactical’s mission is to redefine the typical gun store experience for everyone, and for their customers to leave knowing they came to the right place. They have proven successful in their mission with 5-star reviews on the web, and a long list of testimonials, since opening in July 2017. Visiting the guys at the shop also allows customers to get a feel for the right fit in a firearm and see firsthand all the many firearm additions that are available for purchase. Crusader Tactical offers cases, gun parts, scopes, ammo, and more in their extensive line of accessories. Customers with custom needs will also benefit from the wealth of knowledge and the combined years of firearm experience that Danny and Andy possess. Their major lines include: Glock, S&W, Ruger, Canik, Sig Saur, Springfield, Remington, Taurus, Mossberg and Walther. Anderson Manufacturing, Strike Industries, Bushmaster, Del-Ton, Core 15, Bear Creek Arsenal, Century Arms, Aero Precision and Athlon Optics. Their website allows customers to buy online, as well as customize orders that are shipped to the shop for processing. Additionally, users can access a listing of the classes offered by Crusader Tactical, including Concealed Carry Courses. Upcoming plans for classes include basic handgun and rifle operation and maintenance training. Andy is a certified use-of-force instructor and provides more comprehensive information than found elsewhere during his classes for self-protection training. Customers can find all classes offered on the website, as well as a blog with insightful articles on gun safety, news, and product reviews. Both Danny and Andy feel that what separates them from other gun shops is the level of customer service they provide. Honest, humble, and respectful service is the foundation of Crusader Tactical, making the purchase of a firearm a comfortable and confident experience. When you visit Crusader Tactical you’ll be impressed with the product and accessory displays and the overall cleanliness. They partner with US Law Shield and are an Authorized Glock Stocking Dealer.