For the first time buyer choosing a pistol can be quite a chore. You might spend hours online researching certain models on forums and blogs, or you may just be talking to friends with firearms experience in the hopes that they’ll lead you in the right direction.
Whatever way you decide to go, I’d like to throw out a few guidelines for choosing a pistol that might help you out along the way.
1) Purpose – you need to decide what you plan on using this pistol for. Will it be for home defense, concealed carry, fun at the range, a vehicle gun or hunting. Figuring this out will help you to figure out what will and won’t work for you. A good example is if your looking for a good concealed carry pistol you might want to stay away from larger full sized pistols.
2) Type – This refers to choosing between a semi-auto pistol or a revolver. Both have their pros and cons but both will work for just about whatever you may be looking for. A semi auto has the advantage of having a larger capacity (usually) and will be quicker to reload while a revolver is much simpler and easy to operate and generally speaking is a more consistently reliable handgun because of its simplicity.
3) Caliber – This is important for a couple of reasons. First you want to make sure you choose a caliber that you can comfortably handle otherwise you might not practice with the gun as much as you should and become proficient with it. Second you don’t want to choose a caliber that may be expensive to stock up on and may cost too much to really shoot.
4) Personal Preference – This may be your first gun but you may be already familiar with certain firearms and already be comfortable with certain brands or calibers. This definitely should be taken into consideration as you don’t want to purchase a pistol that you’ll later regret.
5) Feel in the hand/Shoot it – Many first time gun buyers tend to underestimate the usefullness of just holding a pistol in the hand when it comes to making a decision about buying, and getting a chance to shoot that gun is an even better option.
So thats it, those are the basics of buying your first, or even tenth pistol. Remember that a little time and effort before hand can save you alot of time spent trading off or selling the gun down the road.