Picking the right gun can be harder than you think. There are many different things to look at when deciding what to buy.
First things first, if anyone ever tells you “this is the gun you want” tell them thanks and walk away. Although they might have the best intentions, no one but you can tell what’s best for you. Too many times I have worked with people that had bought a firearm based only on what a family member or dealer told them. Now they are on line trying to shoot something that does not fit them. It’s not only a waste of money, but it can lead to a lack of training as well. Let’s face it, who is going to go back to the range to train on something they don’t enjoy shooting.
How do you find the right gun? Research it! First thing is ask yourself what will be the purpose? Is it a concealed carry gun, home protection, or straight up range gun. Why will that matter? Well you’re probably not going to carry a competition length handgun as a concealed weapon.. Size can and will play a role in what you do with it. Once you figure that out look for the options that you want. Things like standard vs night sights, manual safety vs internal, and so on. Figure out what caliber you want. A good rule of thumb is to go with the biggest round you are comfortable with. Get that nailed down then look at firearms with those options. Find people that have them, or a range that rents, and go SHOOT them. You may find you don’t like that particular one, Or that you handle it better in a different caliber. Don’t stop with the first one you like either. Test all the ones you can get your hands on then make your decision.
One last suggestion before you buy, research the gear for it. Just because you found a gun you like does not mean that you’ll find a quality holster for it. Also don’t buy cheap stuff. I’m not saying to go out and take out a second mortgage, just don’t buy garbage. I tell people all the time, why would you cheap out on something that may someday be used to save your life, or someone else’s.