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Rivers
04-29-2011, 6:42 PM
Interesting new website for comparing handguns.

http://whichgun.com/

ChopperX
04-29-2011, 6:47 PM
Very cool site you found there.

morfeeis
04-29-2011, 7:44 PM
i like it, it would be nice if they let you do a side by side match up though.......

ChopperX
04-29-2011, 7:48 PM
agreed

Andy Taylor
04-29-2011, 8:33 PM
Neat. Thanks.

llamatrnr
04-29-2011, 8:36 PM
Thanks for posting :thumbsup:

jersey_emt
04-29-2011, 9:51 PM
Hi Rivers, thanks for posting this. I am the owner of WhichGun.com (http://www.whichgun.com), it is a personal project of mine (I am a web developer and database administrator).

Morfeeis, thank you for the suggestion. A side-by-side comparison would definitely be a nice feature to have. I will look into adding it once I complete the rifles and shotguns sections, and get a few more articles on the site.

If anyone else has any comments, suggestions, or have found a problem or bug with the site, please let me know by replying here or emailing me at info@whichgun.com.

Thank you!
-Justin L. Franks
Owner, WhichGun.com (http://www.whichgun.com)

hefedehefe
04-29-2011, 11:53 PM
Cool

Bud11
04-30-2011, 4:00 AM
Very nice, especially for someone like me looking to get their first gun. Be even better when the comments, etc. get built up a little. Bud

ro442173
04-30-2011, 4:27 AM
Really awesome. There's even a forum.

Mickey D
04-30-2011, 5:23 AM
Very informative. Thank for posting the site Rivers
Thanks Justin for your efforts to inform.

Mike.

mikaarce
04-30-2011, 5:51 AM
Thank you, nice post, Now when the site is completed, you can also add where to get the best deals, it will be hard but with people posting on it it will be a great site..

jersey_emt
05-01-2011, 9:08 PM
A very good suggestion was made to me in order to improve the site -- allow multiple selections per filtering option. If you go to B&H Photo's page for DSLR camera shopping (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?ci=6222&N=4291645407&cm_sp=Filters-_-Category-_-SLR_Digital_Cameras), on the left you can select multiple manufacturers, megapixel counts, LCD screen sizes, and so forth.

On WhichGun.com (http://www.whichgun.com), a similar system will allow you to, for example, easily find all compact and subcompact pistols manufactured by Ruger or Kel-Tec and chambered for .380 ACP or 9mm. With these filter criteria, you would be presented with the Ruger LC9, Ruger LCP, Ruger SR9c, Kel-Tec P-11, Kel-Tec P-3AT, and Kel-Tec PF-9.

This would obviously be a much more powerful system for discovering which firearms fit your requirements.

I've already started rewriting some of the code and have made some progress towards making this feature available. If all goes well, this enhanced filtering system will be live by the end of this week.

If anyone has any additional comments or suggestions, or if you have found an error or bug, please let me know about it.

morfeeis
05-01-2011, 10:26 PM
i love it when a site owner not only takes input but ask for it, good luck with your site.

When you get to AR style rifles are you just going to do it based on full pre-built rifles?

ArkinDomino
05-02-2011, 12:23 AM
Pretty cool site.

jersey_emt
05-02-2011, 2:17 PM
i love it when a site owner not only takes input but ask for it, good luck with your site.

When you get to AR style rifles are you just going to do it based on full pre-built rifles?

Just pre-built AR's will be in the database. Information on custom builds is better served in the articles section.

CSACANNONEER
05-02-2011, 2:21 PM
Guns are too much like women. I sure don't feel comfortable buying one out of a catalog unless, I've been able to fondle it and see how it fits me first.

jersey_emt
05-02-2011, 3:42 PM
Guns are too much like women. I sure don't feel comfortable buying one out of a catalog unless, I've been able to fondle it and see how it fits me first.

Certainly. But with the thousands of different firearms out there, it is essentially impossible to try out every one for size. You need to narrow down your list of potential purchases first, and that's exactly what WhichGun.com (http://www.whichgun.com) is for.

toyzilla
05-02-2011, 8:49 PM
Nice site!

GoatLovin
05-02-2011, 9:07 PM
Kudos for this website. Thank you for your time and effort!

zfields
05-02-2011, 9:19 PM
Hi Rivers, thanks for posting this. I am the owner of WhichGun.com (http://www.whichgun.com), it is a personal project of mine (I am a web developer and database administrator).

Morfeeis, thank you for the suggestion. A side-by-side comparison would definitely be a nice feature to have. I will look into adding it once I complete the rifles and shotguns sections, and get a few more articles on the site.

If anyone else has any comments, suggestions, or have found a problem or bug with the site, please let me know by replying here or emailing me at info@whichgun.com.

Thank you!
-Justin L. Franks
Owner, WhichGun.com (http://www.whichgun.com)

Nice looking site.

I just did a quick review/comment on a gun on there : )

usui
05-02-2011, 9:30 PM
Not iPhone friendly yet. The gun articles get a big blank white area in the middle of page.

i<3HK
05-02-2011, 10:08 PM
very nice! :D

Dan-O
05-02-2011, 11:58 PM
Not iPhone friendly yet. The gun articles get a big blank white area in the middle of page.

Same with Droid. Great site though, good luck!

jersey_emt
05-03-2011, 10:08 AM
Not iPhone friendly yet. The gun articles get a big blank white area in the middle of page.

Same with Droid. Great site though, good luck!

Should be fixed, the problem looked to be with some settings on the commenting system (Disqus), although I do not have an actual iPhone or Droid phone handy to test it properly. Please try again and let me know how it goes.

zfields
05-03-2011, 10:49 AM
I dont know how a DE .50 scored higher on the CCW factor than the CZ 75......thats a bit....odd.

rubber duckie
05-03-2011, 11:11 AM
it looks very similar to http://www.gundirectory.com/

beertinted
05-03-2011, 1:13 PM
Very cool! Could you automatically cross-reference entries with the CA handgun roster to let us know if each one would be legal to buy here?
Thanks for a cool site!

jersey_emt
05-03-2011, 1:51 PM
I dont know how a DE .50 scored higher on the CCW factor than the CZ 75......thats a bit....odd.

I'm still making tweaks and changes to the calculations as I discover things that don't make much sense (like the example you mentioned).

jersey_emt
05-03-2011, 1:52 PM
Very cool! Could you automatically cross-reference entries with the CA handgun roster to let us know if each one would be legal to buy here?
Thanks for a cool site!

Yes, I can definitely do this. I'll add this to my to-do list.

Verci0013
05-03-2011, 1:55 PM
Very good site love the simple design

Bull's_eye
05-03-2011, 3:29 PM
Looks awesome. I agree it would be nice to have multiple filters. That's the first thing I noticed because I tried to filter it by pistol type and caliber at the same time.

left-handed
05-03-2011, 3:37 PM
I stumbled on it while I was reading CCW-related info here on CGN. Keep up the good work man.

One thing I noticed was, in your description of the Concealed Carry Factors for the guns, it combines Concealability and Firepower; is the Firepower Factor live yet, or is it yet to come?

jersey_emt
05-03-2011, 3:42 PM
Looks awesome. I agree it would be nice to have multiple filters. That's the first thing I noticed because I tried to filter it by pistol type and caliber at the same time.

Multiple filters should already be working properly, you should be able to filter by pistol type and caliber simultaneously. For example, you can view all compact .45 ACP pistols at http://www.whichgun.com/firearms/pistols/type:compact/caliber:45-acp. If you found an example of this filtering not working properly, please let me know about it.

What I am currently working on now is to allow multiple values for each filtering option. This would allow you to view, for instance, all full-size and compact pistols chambered for .40 S&W or .45 ACP.

Uriah02
05-03-2011, 6:19 PM
it looks very similar to http://www.gundirectory.com/

This one doesn't seem as complete nor does it include the firepower/concealment factor. Which seems useful but also bias in their formulation

zfields
05-03-2011, 6:33 PM
I think being able to seperate user reviews from comments would be a good idea also : )

jersey_emt
05-03-2011, 8:55 PM
I stumbled on it while I was reading CCW-related info here on CGN. Keep up the good work man.

One thing I noticed was, in your description of the Concealed Carry Factors for the guns, it combines Concealability and Firepower; is the Firepower Factor live yet, or is it yet to come?

Concealability Factor and Firepower Factor are displayed on each handguns' detail page, shown in an inverted triangle diagram. Only the CCW Factor (combined Concealability Factor and Firepower Factor) is displayed on the index pages to help avoid "information overload" on a page that's already full of numbers.

Concealability Factor is based on (in order of importance) width, weight, height, and length.

Firepower Factor is based on caliber and capacity.

CCW Factor combines both, with more emphasis on concealability -- a handgun's Concealability Factor counts more towards its CCW Factor than its Firepower Factor.

jersey_emt
05-03-2011, 8:55 PM
it looks very similar to http://www.gundirectory.com/This one doesn't seem as complete nor does it include the firepower/concealment factor. Which seems useful but also bias in their formulation

These ratings will always be somewhat biased, because I am attempting to assign an objective rating for something that in reality is rather subjective. I know that no matter how good I think the results are, there is absolutely no way that I can please everyone. These ratings are just intended to help people narrow down their search for a concealed carry handgun. A higher CCW factor does not mean a handgun is "better" for concealed carry than one with a lower CCW factor -- it's just a starting point for further research into which handguns warrant further research in your search for (your own) "best" concealed carry gun.

jersey_emt
05-03-2011, 9:13 PM
I think being able to seperate user reviews from comments would be a good idea also : )

Once a substantial number of user comments and reviews are posted I will definitely consider separating them, but at this time I feel it best to keep things as they are.

Dan-O
05-03-2011, 9:28 PM
Should be fixed, the problem looked to be with some settings on the commenting system (Disqus), although I do not have an actual iPhone or Droid phone handy to test it properly. Please try again and let me know how it goes.

yep, works on Droid:thumbsup:

jersey_emt
05-06-2011, 11:57 AM
Well, it took a lot more work to update the filtering system than I first thought, but it is done. You can now make multiple selections for each filtering option via checkboxes. I've also added a way to change the number of results per page from the default of 20 per page -- there is a dropdown to select 10, 20, 50, or 100 firearms per page.

Since I had to rip out and rewrite quite a bit of code to get this working, some bugs are probably present. If you notice any problems -- whether you receive an actual error message or something just doesn't work the way you'd expect, please let me know about it.

Sample: All subcompact or pocket pistols, manufactured by Kahr, Kel-Tec, Ruger, or Taurus, chambered for .380 ACP or 9x19mm.

http://www.whichgun.com/firearms/pistols/type:subcompact,pocket/manufacturer:kahr,kel-tec,ruger,taurus/caliber:380-acp,9x19mm/sort_by:ccw_factor/sort_direction:desc

jersey_emt
05-10-2011, 9:20 PM
I've just added the ability to filter by trigger type (DA/SA, DAO, etc.). This should make it even easier to narrow down your search.

CarlozRossi
05-10-2011, 9:32 PM
Nice site. Just finished adding a review.

jersey_emt
05-18-2011, 10:04 PM
The shotguns section (http://www.whichgun.com/firearms/shotguns) is now active, with all currently-produced Mossberg models in the database. I'm working on adding Remington shotguns now, after which I'll work on other shotgun manufacturers (Benelli, Ruger, Beretta, etc.).