not sure about your laws, but just the same i would take classes, we can never get too much education ,,,have you ever shot any handguns???, if not maybe you can go to a range and alot of folks around here are happy to help out beginners and even let them fire there weopons,,----as for myself i love revolvers,--44 blackhawk old 3 screw is my fav.- but in the begining i learned on a 357, easy to manage with no recoil..
best advise is to try and go out and shoot as many different ones as you can,find one that is confterble to you,,--and practice, train, ALOT..
If you are just getting into handguns I wouldn't recommend spending a lot of money on one right off the bat. Go with something like a Kel Tec PF9 or Ruger LC9. You really need to go into a shop and feel the gun in your hand and also base the type of gun you get off of what your purpose is with it. Then you get into things like trigger pull and what feels comfortable. I would start with a 9mm and go from there. You don't have to have a concealed carry license here in Colorado to physically carry a gun, but without it you are limited on what you can do as far as personal protection and placement. I would just educate yourself on your state laws and then narrow down a few handguns that you think you might like. Then go into your store and handle the weapon, get a feel for it in your hand and if you like the weight of the trigger pull. Lots of education basically...lol
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Like others have said try local range. I know many allow you to rent pistols. That way you can try diff ones to find one you like. For my purposes I love a Glock. But there are plenty of great handguns out there.
Also like mentioned recommend take a course if avail. You'll learn a lot in a one day course.
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I have always hunted and been around guns but never a handgun. I know absolutely nothing about them. There is a class here that is less than $100. A gun and ammo is provided to you. When you finish the class, you can get your concealed carry permit. They teach you about laws, shooting, everything. I think that's the best way to go before making a choice. Those XDs sure look nice though!
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You probably won't like my answer, but if this is your first handgun, the get a 22 revolver and learn how to shoot. Ammunition is cheap and you can get a lot of practice and have a lot of fun. Recoil is light so you can concentrate on sight picture and triger control.
Thanks for all the advice. I'm in Texas. Not sure what the gun laws are. Guess I need to check into it. Lol. Only type of guns I have shoot, was big guns, never hand gun. Guess I need to find the local gun range to test sum out. Appreciate y'all's help
I agree with Sparky. If it is your first handgun get a 22 to start with and get comfortable with handling and shooting. I have a Buckmark Camper made by Browning. It is semi-auto and a blast to shoot. With it I am able to practice target sight and trigger control. It cost less than $10 for 300 rounds of 22 shells. Even if you reload you will spend much more than that for any reloads.
For daily carry I have two other handguns that I CC. One is an RIA 1911 .45 caliber and the other is a Beretta 90-two .40 caliber. I am a big man so I can CC either easily with an in waistband holster. What I carry is good for me. Like others have mentioned, go to a good dealer that will allow you to rent various handguns and find what is comfortable for you. I would also purchase a 22 of whatever you can afford and use it to practice, practice, and practice. A good NRA safety course along with NRA membership is another idea that needs to be considered. Look them up online and look at the good they do for all gun owners.
Above all else, have fun and be safe.
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