What to Look for in a Beginner Handgun

What to Look for in a Beginner Handgun

When you are in the market for a handgun but you have little to no experience, here are some great options for you to start out with. These firearms are easy to handle and are great platforms to use at a handgun range in order to improve your skill and experience using these kinds of guns. There are many different kinds of weapons for you to choose from but before you start looking at the actual guns, here are some important considerations to keep in mind first.

  • Ammo: The first thing to consider is the kind of ammo the weapon will use. If you are not familiar with different ammo types, you can try them out at a gun range in Texas such as NTO Shooting Center. There are many different kinds of ammunition you can use and some are better than others, depending on your skill, experience, and purpose. A popular round is the .45 ACP; however, this is a fairly heavy duty bullet and requires a degree of skill to use effectively. For a beginner, you will want to choose something such as a .22 caliber or a 9mm round. They are small, have little recoil, and easy to practice with, not to mention very affordable.

  • Size: The next thing to consider before choosing a handgun is the size. You will want to find something that fits you well. There are larger and smaller guns, with different sizes grips and barrels. It can be tempting to go with a smaller handgun because it might seem easier to handle but the opposite is true. For a beginner, you will want to look for a full-sized handgun. Since they are bigger, they are easier to grip, they absorb recoil much more effective, and they are easier to aim.

  • Safety: When choosing a firearm, it is a good idea to select a weapon that does not have an external safety. This can cause additional complications when using the weapon in a situation that requires self-defense.

That is just a few of the basics to keep in mind of when you are choosing a good weapon. Our instructors can guide you to a selection of great beginner weapons that you can try at our gun range in order to get a feel for them.

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