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How to Buy Your First Handgun

David Nash

Preparing to buy your first handgun can be quite daunting. They aren TMt cheap. New handguns range in price from $250.00 to $2,500.00. And to complicate the matter even further, there are many different manufactures and choices. I tell people in my carry permit course that there are as many different types of handguns as the manufacturers can talk people into buying.

Yesterday I was asked my opinion about Glocks. I said that what I thought didn TMt matter; it wasn TMt my money or my safety on the line. My preference does not matter in the decision to buy your gun. My wife likes Glocks; I feel the same about revolvers. Our preferences differ. As long as you know your gun, why you chose it, and it fits your needs, then it TMs the best gun for you. Now, that being said, lets discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the two main types of handguns, semi automatics and revolvers. are a type of pistol that has a rotating cylinder containing a number of firing chambers. They typically hold 5 or 6 rounds, each held in its own firing chamber. They are generally cheaper to purchase than a semi automatic, with a new one from a major manufacturer such as Taurus or Rossi being in the neighborhood of $250.00. The major benefits of this type of handgun include:

Easier to learn to manipulate, because there is generally fewer functions than a typical semi auto.

Easier for weaker handed persons to operate. This is due to the lack of a slide.More choice of ammunition.

Not as cheap jerseys training intensive as a semi automatic pistol (more about this later).

I prefer revolvers for home defense, as a home protection weapon will be stored loaded for an extended period of time. This is because they have fewer moving parts, which in turns makes them less sensitive to a lack of cleaning and maintenance than semi automatics. I also recommend them for someone who is not going to train as intensively as recommended because this type of handgun has fewer functions to remember. In order to manipulate a revolver, one only has to operate the trigger and the cylinder release, whereas a semi automatic pistol generally has a trigger, a magazine release, a slide lock, and at least one safety lever.

do have disadvantages, and it is because of these disadvantages that police departments around the county have changed from them to semi automatics. These disadvantages should be understood if the reader wishes to make a decision; therefore I will list them:

Slower to reload than the typical semi automatic.

Sometimes harder to conceal, due to width of cylinder.

Normally not as many rounds (5 6rds compared to 8 or 10rds in a semi automatic.)

Because a revolver contains separate chambers for each round, to fully load a revolver, the operator must put a round in each chamber (6 actions for 6 rounds). To fully load a semi automatic the operator has to insert a single magazine into the pistol (one action for multiple rounds). pistols fire a single cartridge each time the trigger is pressed. It automatically extracts the spent casing and prepares to fire another round. A semi automatic is sometimes called automatic, but the difference is a true automatic can fire multiple rounds per trigger press. This seemingly small difference can cause tens of thousands of dollars in fines and years of time in federal penitentiaries, so be sure to know the difference. A semi automatic holds its rounds in a single device called a magazine (it is possible to offend some hard line gun enthusiasts by calling a magazine a clip). This magazine is normally inserted into the grip of the handgun. These handguns are the most popular, and they are that way for many reasons. Some of the most recognized reasons are:

Holds many rounds compared to a revolver. Normally a semi auto magazine holds 8 to 10rds, but there are magazines capable of holding 15 to 30.Due to popularity, there is a wider choice of accessories such as holsters available.

Easy carrying of spare ammunition via preloaded magazines

Easier to conceal due to thinner action than a normal revolver.

It is due to the amount of rounds easily carried in magazines upon one TMs body and the amount of rounds in the pistol that caused the semi automatic to replace the revolver in the arming of our nation TMs police. What has kept it there is the different features that are possible in a semi auto. A police force or a private user can decide the type of safety devices or modes of operation that they want in a firearm and buy a brand that has those features. While this is a benefit, it also can become a drawback. The reasons for this are:

Very training intensive. Before one begins to carry a semi automatic for self defense, it is recommended that the user fire 2 or 3 thousand rounds of the type of ammunition they intend to carry in their firearm in order to fully understand the function of their firearm.

More complex. This means more prone to fail. While modern firearms and ammunition can fire thousands of rounds without malfunction, it can and does happen.