A friend asked me what gun they should get. They are in the market for a pistol, but not 100% sure what they are after or need.
A firearm is a tool and you must first figure out what you intend to do with it.
Firearms are an incredibly emotional and personal decision. From type of pistol to caliber to manufacturer - everyone has an opinion and a suggestion. You need to find yours. You asked for my input so here goes.
See the below JPEG for all the Caliber sizes - plenty to chose from. I will limit it to the about four from small to large. .22LR, 9mm luger, .40S&W and .45 ACP - in the below pic - #6, #22 , #18 and #29.
The picture was pulled from the internet - so thank you for whomever created it.
Style of pistol -
Much like any other tool - you get what you pay for. Can you spend more than the price ranges below - sure - but I don't know if you need it. Should you spend less - I wouldn't. You may not need Snap-On tool - but you don't want Harbor Freight or China Brand 1
Handguns fall into four categories of use:
Daily Carry $400-$600
Reliable, trustworthy, small, light and easy to conceal. Typically you will hear sub-compact or compact. Barrel sizes are 3"-4". Pending on caliber you trade round capacity - for a sub company 45 I have 5 rounds + 1 in the chamber. In 9mm that might be 8 or 9 rounds + 1. I carry a Springfield XDS in .45ACP. It is a 3.3" barrel and I can carrying in numerous locations with ease.
Home Defense $500-$700
Large capacity, accurate, natural feeling in your hand and something that you want to shoot. Think safe next to your bed, dresser drawer or somewhere safe yet reachable. We aren't concerned about hiding it - we are interested in maximum firepower and ammo counts. For me - a Springfield XD also in .45ACP ( see a theme? - one ammo in the house) It is a 4.5" barrel and holds 14 rounds.
Any full frame -
Target Shooting / plinking - $300 to $500
Large volume of shooting needs cheaper ammo. Consider the following prices for 50 round boxes (new ammo, brass casing, decent manufactures):
So for something to shoot a lot and enjoy - I would go for 22LR or 9mm and a full frame - cheaper ammo, less recoil and something that you will enjoy shooting and look forward to shooting.
I have my eyes on Walther P22 or PPQ in 22LR - maybe a Ruger SR22
Toys / screwing around $300 to $$$$$
No real practical application but a hell of a lot of fun to shoot.
For example - Walther/ IWI replica UZI in .22LR
The Rifle version w/ a fake suppressor
Toys - a lot of fun but not practical
Probably a whole lot more than you wanted.
Now what? Figure out what type of tool you are interested in. Look at the section and models above. Go to your local shop and touch/feel.
Things to look for:
Get a list of 2 or 3 that you think are right for you - then go shooting. Find a range that rents handguns or a friend that is willing to loan you the firearm.
Look for the following:
Once you shoot them - now you have the real question. Are you ready for the responsibility of owning a firearm? Safe keeping, maintenance and training.
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