Personal safety is a big concern. Many people have been taking classes to get their concealed carry permit. The next step: choosing the right gun. Experts say it's important to find the right one to keep you and others around you safe.
Sherri Hinkel is one of the many current students at 88 Tactical there to take classes and get her concealed carry weapon permit.
She said, "I'm a real estate agent and a nurse and so there are times I'm out in places by myself that probably aren't the safest situations."
She's been around guns all her life but says she can understand why someone new at it may need some guidance in choosing the right one.
Sherri says, "There are many different types of guns. They shoot different ammo. They have different feels, different uses."
Lead instructor, Jason Wright, says first-things-first: do your research. When picking out a gun Wright says the best thing to do is to actually go to the store so you can try out the different guns.
He said, "When a person goes into a store looking for a weapon, really the first thing they need to check out is if that gun fits their hand. Can they operate the weapon, get to the controls, can they get to the trigger."
Next, consider where and how you're going to carry the gun.
Wright said, "We always recommend buying more than one size of weapon for the style of dress, the areas you go to. Sometimes you need a smaller gun. Other times you need a larger gun."
Also he says if you can go to a shooting range, do that. That way you can get a feel for it and practice. There's a lot that goes into shooting and you want to make sure you're prepared.
Wright says they do talk about safety and the psychology of shooting a gun during the CCW class. He says they're all very helpful tools after getting your permit.