How to Choose Your First Handgun in 3 Simple Steps

Choosing a handgun may seem a simple task on the surface. In many cases it starts as not much more than a beauty contest with a person being drawn to a “good looking” gun. While this is indeed a factor you should consider, we must remember that even with gun, beauty is only skin deep or high-tech environment resistant finish deep. There are a few key points I would suggest you consider when buying a handgun.

How to Choose Your First Handgun


The handgun market is flush with options of every size. From micro pocket pistols to Dirty Harry hand cannons. What is important is that you find a gun that fits you well. Make sure it feels good in your hands and that you can easily operate it. Smaller is not always better. While small guns are easy to conceal, they can provide significant recoil and be difficult to control when shot. Take your time and find the gun that fits not only your hands, but your needs as well.


You get what you pay for is a cliché that exists for a reason. While the ABC gun company may have a bargain 9mm blaster, there is generally a reason it is $199.00. I am not saying you need to go to the other end of the spectrum but understand that a good gun is going to cost you. A full size gun for the most part will hover in the $500 range, plus or minus depending on sales etc.


One thing that I find on many guns is that I want to change this or that about it. Things such as night sights are a great add on and having a holster is a must. Makes sure that the blaster you choose has these items available in the aftermarket world. There is no need to just settle for stock sights and having accessories options is always a plus.

Take your time in choosing a handgun and it will serve you well for years and years.

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