Much like buying a computer or a car, you’ll quickly find there is a large selection of not just handguns but accessories, colors, holsters and ammunition. Picking the right pistol is a seemingly overwhelming task at first, where does one even start?
Here’s what George Harris author of Choosing the Right Concealed Carry Handgun for You at USConcealedCarry.com has to say on the topic:
“There are a plethora of options and decisions to be made when it comes to selecting a concealed carry handgun. Most people want the most powerful, smallest in size, night sight and laser equipped, high capacity, recoilless handgun that weighs little more than the ammunition it carries for a bargain price. Unfortunately, in a world of compromise, this is a classic example. The concealed carry handgun for the serious carrier is a well thought out tool that speaks to the specifics of the individual’s need and utility.” (Read more about choosing the right concealed carry handgun here.)
This is excellent advice. Sit down and think about how you’ll use your new pistol. Begin the process by making a list of what you want the gun for. Ask yourself questions like:Where will I carry this?
- Does it need to be small and unnoticeable?
- Is weight a concern?
- How many rounds should it to hold?
- How fast can you reload?
- What is your budget?
- And most importantly, do you like the gun?
Actually liking and being proud of your concealed carry piece is critical. If you don’t like it, or it doesn’t feel right, you might leave it at home on the very day that you need it.
The best way to find out if a given gun will suit you is to take it to the range and shoot it. Fire several pistols that you are considering buying. Don’t make your final decision until you’ve shot them all.
Sure there will probably be one that catches your eye right away, and you may very well end up buying that one, but it’s good to have a few options on the table before you make your final decision.
Finally, if you are still having trouble picking one out consider this- In terms of pure functionality, and the ability to reliably fire in all conditions, handguns designed and manufactured for military and law enforcement use are hard to beat.
The same holds true for military rifles. It’s expected that they’ll be dropped in the mud, be picked up and fired again and again.
The people who carry these guns make their living with them, they are lifesaving tools and you probably won’t go wrong choosing a gun that a professional has chosen to accompany them for
most of their waking hours.