5 simple and easy to follow steps to selecting your next handgun
1. Purpose: This should be the number one factor when purchasing your handgun.
- Are you buying a handgun for concealed carry? Consider size, weight, capacity, ease-of-use
- Are you buying a “plinking” gun that’s inexpensive to shoot?
- Are you looking for a full-size “range gun”; or
- Perhaps you’re looking for a handgun for your protection in your home
2. Fit & Feel: It has to fit comfortably in your hand.
It may be the most popular, or highest rated handgun nationally, or among your friends, if it doesn’t feel good in your hands then it is not the gun for you.
If you cannot cycle the action, or perform some function of that handgun, for whatever reason (aliments, size, surgery, arthritis); then it is not the gun for you.
- If you don’t like how it feels in your hand, you’ll be less likely to go out and enjoy it, or practice
- If you cannot safely load and chamber a round on that handgun, you’re putting your own life in potential danger should you need to operate something you can’t.
- If you cannot safely and easily clear that firearm, you again risk injury to yourself or others.
3. Price & Your Budget: Don’t extend beyond being able to use it
This is a factor in any purchase. If you’ve over spent on the handgun, and now cannot purchase other important additions such as ammunition, or cleaning supplies, you’ve just bought yourself a really expensive paperweight.
4. Ammo Costs / Availability: You’re going to be buying it a lot.
For the most part, the higher the handgun caliber, the higher the cost of ammunition. Which is not as relevant for your personal protection handgun (this should be a choice of stopping power and the ability to fire it accurately); however
If you’re looking for something to take to the range and have a fun time, if you can’t (a) afford to keep the ammunition stocked; or (b) are unable to purchase replacement ammunition, this will certainly reduce your ability to enjoy your handgun.
5. Brand/Manufacturer Reputation: Purchase from recognized and trusted manufacturers.
There are a lot of quality handgun manufacturers, and their reputation has been built and trusted for many decades. It is important for maintenance and potential problems that you have a trusted brand to turn to for replacements parts and/or technical assistance.