Buying a Pistol
Buying a pistol? Your first one? Cool! Many people buy guns without giving it too much thought.
There are too many good pistols out there when looking for something to shoot to not take into account a few key considerations.
1. Use/PurposeTarget Shooting
If a target shooting pistol is what you are looking for, you'll want to pay attention to weight, length of barrel and ensure it has adjustable sights just to name a few.
Handguns intended for conceal and carry are small and compact for the most part. Often times they have fixed sights and are manufactured in such a way to be “drawn” without getting caught on any clothing.
The best handgun for home defense is one you are comfortable with and know how to use blind-folded. There is one favor I want to ask of you. That is to please establish proper handgun safety habits if you are going to keep a loaded pistol accessible to you in your home. It is very important to establish safety protocols with your family to ensure no accidents happen.
Sport Shooting (Cowboy action, Defensive pistol shooting, etc...)
Different shooting sports have different requirements. It's best to contact the association or gun club that is managing the events and get the information from them first hand. They will also have plenty of advice on a good pistol for the sport you are interested in.
2. Revolver or Semi-AutoI'm not going to go into the differences of the two kinds of pistols here. That information is readily available on-line. However, there are definite advantages and disadvantages to both. So, before making a final decision, please understand what those are so you can make an informed decision.
3. BudgetI know! I hate this one too. But unless you are one who doesn't have to worry about money (I'm not one of those lucky ones) it should be weighed in the decision making process. Most responsible adults have this covered, I have no doubt. One thing however is often overlooked when buying a pistol: The cost of the ammunition! Believe me! The prices for different ammunition can vary greatly!
4. FeelThis is not a technical consideration by any means. The gun has to feel good to you! Just like you wouldn't buy a pair of shoes that don't fit your feet, don't buy a pistol that doesn't fit your hand. It's as simple as that. Once you've narrowed down your selection from the points above, “try it on”. Feel is very important and often overlooked when buying a handgun.
5. LooksWhat else can you say? I'm not gonna buy an ugly pair of shoes either! I want my handgun to look good!
6. Ammunition CostAs I mentioned in point number 3, ammunition cost can vary tremendously! Pistol calibers range from .17 caliber up to .50 caliber and price can range from as little as 3 cents per round (or bullet), to over 1 dollar a round. If you do the math, and plan to do a lot of shooting, the cost expensive ammunition can add up!
7. Final PointIf you keep these key considerations in mind before and while buying a pistol, the result will be a much happier you!
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