Firearms Self-Assessment

Protecting Your Privacy:  We understand that gun ownership is a personal and private matter and many people are rightly concerned about discussing the details of their personal preparations.  We decided that rather than ask you these questions personally as part of our standard assessment process, it would be better to publish this assessment online and allow our customers to privately score themselves in relation to their own preparations.

What does "prepared" mean?  The purpose of this assessment is to measure the average citizen’s firearms preparedness.  It includes everything from self and home defense to hunting all kinds of wild game if necessary.  No single gun or caliber of ammunition is perfect for every situation so this assessment is weighted towards a broad variety of possible circumstances.  Some who take this test are extremely well trained in firearms usage and have a large quantity of guns—even highly specialized guns and ammunition.  The point allotment of this test is not intended to give all the potential credit to those with extreme levels of firearms expertise.  The purpose is to guide the average citizen in establishing a comprehensive strategy for firearms preparedness.


Add up the total number of points for each line item--paying attention to the maximum number of points available per line. Next, add the line totals up for each section--again paying attention to the maximum number of points available per section. Finally, add up the section totals to get your overall score out of a possible 100 pts. If you get more than 100 then you have not followed the instructions for point limitations in each line or section. The goal is to continue preparations until you can score at least a 90.

Section 1: Weapons Selection (30 points max)

Handgun                  Rifle

The following seven gun categories represent the most common needs of firearm owners—not including military applications. Having a well-rounded collection of firearms ensures that you will be able to address almost any circumstance requiring the use of a gun. Give yourself 5 pts for each of the following types of weapon you own. Only count one weapon in each category.

  • High-capacity handgun (more than 11 round capacity)
  • Small concealable handgun
  • Long-barrel (hunting) shotgun (or interchangeable barrel)
  • Short-barrel (home defense) shotgun (or interchangeable barrel)
  • .22 caliber rifle
  • Small caliber semi-auto assault-type rifle (less than .300 caliber)
  • Large caliber hunting rifle or assault-type rifle (.300 caliber or larger)

Section 2: Ammunition Supply
(30 points max)

As recent shortages of ammunition prove, you can’t always count on a ready supply of ammo—even in the most common calibers. Having a reserve of properly stored ammo is almost as important as owning the guns themselves. Use the following point system to calculate your ammunition supply score.
  • Handgun ammunition @ 1 pt per 100 rounds (5 points max)
  • Shotgun ammunition @ 1 pt per 25 rounds (5 points max)
  • .22LR ammunition @ 1 pt per 500 rounds (5 points max)
  • Small caliber assault-rifle ammunition @ 1 pt per 100 rounds (10 points max)
  • Large caliber rifle ammunition @ 1 pt per 50 rounds (10 points max)
  • Number of different calibers you regularly reload @ 1 pt each (5 points max)
  • Complete rounds of reloading supplies on hand @ 1 pt per 100 rounds (5 points max)

Section 3: Operation, Training, & Practice
(25 points max)
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Responsible and competent gun ownership requires training. If you have not received any firearms training from a competent individual, subtract 10 pts from this section. Add up the remaining pts for the following training and practice.

  • Are you a member of a gun club or rifle range? (3 pts)
  • Are you a member of the NRA or other similar association? (2 pts)
  • Do you hold a concealed weapons permit in your state of residence? (5 pts)
  • Have you completed any basic rifle training or hunter safety classes? (5 pts)
  • Number of advanced firearms training courses completed @ 5 pts each (15 pts max)
  • Serious practice rounds shot in past 6 months @ 1 pt per 100 rounds (5 pts max)
  • Number of immediate family members with formal training @ 1 pt each (5 pts max)
  • Number of family members with serious practice in the past 6 months @ 1 pt each (5 pts max)

Section 4: Magazines & Accessories
(10 points max)


Magazines and other accessories contribute to your firearms preparations. If you own any of the following items, add the appropriate pts to your score.

  • Number of extra magazines (not including first one per gun) @ 1 pt each (no point limit)
  • Total number of 30 round (or more) magazines @ 1 pt each (no point limit)
  • Total number of scope or optic units not including standard iron sights @ 1 pt each (no point limit)
  • Number of low-light sights (tritium, fiber optic, night vision, laser, etc.) @ 1 pt each (no point limit)
  • Number of muzzle-brakes, compensators, or flash-suppressors @ 1 pt each (no point limit)

Section 5: Maintenance & Safety
(5 points max)


Knowing your weapons, properly storing them, and regular maintenance are important to make sure your guns provide a lifetime of their intended use and to make sure they work when you need them. Add or subtract the following pts for this category.

  • Do you own the proper cleaning kit for all your weapons? (1 pt)
  • Can you easily locate the user manuals for all your weapons? (1 pt)
  • Do you own the necessary tools to maintain, modify, and adjust your weapons’ sights? (1 pt)
  • Do you clean your guns after every shooting session? (1 pt)
  • Do you have children who live in or regularly stay in the home? (subtract 5 pts)
  • Number of weapons you have built or modified @ 1 pt each (5 pts max)
  • Number of corrosion-resistant guns you own(stainless, parkerized, etc) @ 1 pt each (5 pts max)
  • Number of your guns locked or stored in well-concealed locations @ 1 pt each (5 pts max)

Section 6a: Caliber Choice Penalty*
(no limit)


Maintaining a standardized collection of common calibers is essential to firearm preparedness—especially if resources are limited. Each weapon you own that is not of a common caliber means that resources are invested in calibers that may or may not be readily available when you need them at the expense of common calibers. Subtract 1 point for every caliber of gun you own that does not fall into the following sizes.*

  • Number of handgun calibers you own not included in the following calibers--.22LR; .357; .40 S&W; .45 ACP; and 9x19mm (subtract 1 pt each caliber--no limit)
  • Number of different shotguns that are not 12 gauge (subtract 1 pt each--no limit)
  • Number of rifles you own not included in the following calibers--.22LR; .223(5.56x45); .308(7.62x51); 7.62x39; and 30-06 (subtract 1 pt each caliber--no limit)

*Section 6b: Bonus Points (limited by section 6a deductions)

You may have heard the saying “two is one and one is none”.  Well, it especially applies to firearms. If you have lost any points in section 6 due to non-standard or extra calibers, you may add 1 pt back for each additional gun you own that wasn't already counted in section 1 of this assessment.  Bonus pts are limited to the number of pts deducted in section 6 for caliber choice and only count if they are "extra" guns in their respective category.
  • Number of firearms not already counted in first section @ 1 pt each (limit = penalty above)


Scoring and Grading



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