How To Choose The Best First Handgun For Your Needs

What is the best first handgun? That is a question a lot of folks looking for their first handgun will ask themselves. Picking a handgun for yourself for the first time can be a bit of a daunting task if you do not know what to look for.

Should you get a revolver or semi-automatic? What caliber should you get? What are some of the better makes and models of handgun out there? There are a lot of stuff you  might not be sure about. So below, we cover some key points you should consider when choosing the right first handgun for your needs.

Choosing the right first handgun for your needs

Know what you want to do with it

Gun Range EtiquetteWhat you intend to use your gun for will be a massive factor in the type of handgun that you end up choosing. Do you want a handgun for home defence? Everyday carry? Target shooting down at the range? While you certainly can have a handgun that will be suitable to most of these tasks, some guns are more suited to a specific task than others. For example, if you want a handgun for everyday carry, you will probably want a gun that you can carry concealed, but that still has a large enough caliber for self-defence. If you want a gun for target shooting, a smaller caliber might be the ideal first handgun for you as it will be more forgiving while you learn to shoot at the range.

Another important question you need to ask yourself is if you even really need a handgun? Do you perhaps rather need a shotgun or rifle? Or maybe even some form of a non-lethal weapon?

Know what you want to spend, and stick to it

Handguns can vary greatly in price range, from reasonably affordable to extremely expensive. When you are down at your local gun-shop it can be very tempting to shell out a lot of money for a really nice handgun. However the right first handgun for you might not necessarily be the most expensive handgun out there.

If you are buying your first handgun, it won’t make sense to go spending money on a customized 1911 with all the tactical bells and whistles possible. Going too cheap is not the answer either, as you get what you pay for. So when you decide to buy a gun, do your homework to see what a decent quality handgun would cost and shop in that price range.

An option to consider in order to save money while still getting a good quality handgun is to look at second-hand handguns from reputable sellers. Like you would do with buying a used car, be sure to have a good look at any used gun you are considering buying to make sure it is still in good shape and have been looked after.

Test a few out and see what you like

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If you have never owned a gun before, chances are you haven’t fired many guns before. So before you commit and buy a gun, go and test fire some different guns to see what you like and what you feel comfortable with. This way you can get a feel for the right caliber, the size of the gun and just the over feel of the gun. The objective will be to find a handgun that you like and that you can fire with confidence. The easiest way is to find a gun range where you can rent a few different types of guns and go shooting.

Wrapping Up – Choosing the best first handgun

There are a lot of confusing things to consider when you are thinking of buying your first handgun, like caliber, price, accessories options, trigger options, stopping power, ergonomics, etc etc etc! Certainly too much! So determine what exactly you need the handgun for, what you want to spend and then go test fire some guns to see which is the best first handgun for you.

What Do you think – what is the right first handgun?

If you had to suggest a handgun for a first time handgun owner, which gun would you say is the best first handgun? Would you suggest a revolver or a semi-automatic? What caliber would you suggest they look at? If you have an opinion on what the best firt handgun is, please share your thoughts in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you!