There have been a lot of posts about guns lately on the blogs that I read. My understanding of guns is pretty basic. Guns are not toys. Treat every gun as if it is loaded. Never point a gun at anyone in jest; in fact, don't even lay a gun in your palm with the barrel facing out at anyone. Don't carry a gun if you don't know how to use it, and don't pull a gun on anyone unless you're prepared to shoot.
But the actual mechanics of guns can be confusing. Some have safeties and some don't. Some you have to cock before you can shoot them, and others can be shot without cocking. Some have a big kick and make a loud noise. Some have moving parts that will hurt your hand if you hold them incorrectly while firing. Different calibers fire different size bullets and leave holes of varying sizes in the target. And then there's bullets: hollow point, full metal jacket, buck shot, bird shot, etc. I'm becoming more familiar with these terms, but mostly they don't mean much to me.
I'm leery of posting how many and what kind of guns we have. I want to keep any ne'er-do-wells guessing. We don't spend a lot of time or money on all the extras you can buy for guns; just occasionally we might have better sights added or get larger magazines. But it seems like every gun we have, has its own special points that you have to remember. In a situation where I was forced to pull a gun to defend myself, I'm not sure I would remember which gun has to be cocked, and which gun has a safety and where it's located, etc. I'm not sure I could reload under pressure.
I wish I had learned more about guns when I was younger and my mind more supple. I would have grasped it all better. Living in the city, I don't have much opportunity to practice. The hubster is not a fan of indoor shooting ranges. We occasionally get invited to some private outdoor ranges. That's pretty neat; I've gotten to fire quite a few different guns that way.