Have you been thinking about purchasing a gun for personal defense either for your home or concealed carry? Do you know what type of pistol to buy? How you plan to use it will determine the type of pistol you should consider. Will you use it for home defense, plinking, target practice or competition?How much are you willing to spend? Have you calculated the cost of the pistol, the ammunition, ear protection, eye protection, pistol instruction, range practice, cleaning supplies
and storage? In California you must purchase a Handgun Safety Certificate which is good for 5 years.
Hand strength in women can also be an issue, since a semi automatic pistol requires you to rack the slide. This can be managed however by proper positioning of your body and using the push forward method. But this is something to consider. A revolver on the other hand doesn’t require much hand strength other than pulling the trigger. Some snubbie revolvers have a very long and hard trigger press.
One of the best ways to decide is to go to a gun range with a friend and rent different guns. Buying a gun on an impulse or by looks alone can be a costly mistake. Not to mention a lot of paperwork and a long waiting period for nothing. Start off with a .22 caliber if you’ve never shot before, at least until you get accustomed to the noise and recoil. Try different guns in the same caliber such as a 9 mm. You may find one gun feels better in your hand and easier to manage. Make sure you don’t have to reach too far to press the trigger, otherwise you may end up pulling your shots to the side. Can you align your hand and wrist to form a straight line? If not, the grip may be too thick. Try a different manufacturer. Or try a different type of pistol. Try a double action pistol and then a single action pistol. There is a major difference in the trigger press. Mainly in the distance your finger must travel on the trigger to take a shot.
If at anytime you feel you are unable to handle the gun safely or if you experience a malfunction at the range, STOP. Raise your non shooting hand and ask for the assistance from a range safety officer. Some indoor ranges do not have an RSO in each shooting bay, but they must have someone on staff that is. You may have to place your gun on the bench,while pointed down range, and notify them that you need assistance with the gun. Never feel embarrassed to ask, it is imperative that you don’t attempt to clear your gun if you aren’t yet sure of what you’re doing. Most ranges have beginning pistol instruction classes that you can take. The National Rifle Association has a list of classes and instructors in your area. Find NRA Instruction classes nearby