I read the other day that firearm sales are up for the 14th month in a row - 2.2 million National Instant Criminal Background Check System for the month of July. Personally, I have had friends and family members, who have never owned a gun, asking for advice on purchasing their first gun. Some it's the fear of "political change" others it's the concern about crime in their area and/or civil unrest (i.e. what happened Milwaukee over the weekend). I thought this might be an interesting topic that we can all share and learn from each other - as "firearm ambassadors," how are you talking to friends and family who are interested in purchasing their first handgun? Below is my, for lack of a better term "spiel." I my jump our of order of what is listed but, this is generally the form it takes - I usually start the discussion off with, "what is the indented purpose of the handgun - home defense, CCW or plunking at that range?" This leads to discussion on full size vs. compact, rails vs. no rails and .22 target vs. self defense calibers.Then I usually discuss budget - "how much are you willing to spend?" This leads to a discussion about quality of firearms, new vs. used and betting your life on a Raven .25 auto. Next is usually me opening up the safe for some hands on experience with discussions about SA, DA, DAO, Glock Safe-Action, revolvers and the advantages and disadvantages of each. We also talk about calibers with examples (getting individual rounds out and etc.). We talk about recoil, what "fits" in the hand and what is comfortable. Also during this time we are talking about some basic gun safety. Sometimes the conversation turns to, "I really don't want to kill anyone, I'll just shot a warring shot or shot them in the leg." My reply starts, "I am not a lawyer and what I say should not be considered legal advice..." and then we talk about shooting to naturalize the aggressive action(s).Things usually end with a trip to the range and/or gun show/shop and an offer of working with them/teaching them about their gun and suggesting follow up training with a "professional." So, what is your "spiel?" As I said above, I think this would be a great opportunity to learn from each other and be better "firearm ambassadors." I look forward to hearing from everyone.