We get a lot of people asking what is a good defensive pistol or what should they buy. I would like to address that question in short form. There are many “defensive pistols” on the market and many are of very good quality. So the question is kind of a loaded question.
1. Q: What should I look for in a pistol?
A: Is it comfortable in your hand? Is the handgun chambered in a caliber that is comfortable for you to shoot? Is it concealable for your body type?
2. Q: What is a good brand of pistol?
A: Smith & Wesson, Glock, Springfield Armory, Sig Sauer and Dan Wesson are all great companies that make outstanding firearms. I suggest picking one on the comfort, at a price point you can afford and if you can “conceal” it well.
3. Q: What is a good caliber for a defensive pistol?
A: .380ACP, 9mm, .38 Special, 40S&W & .45ACP are all great calibers for a personal defense pistol. We will get into more detail on ammo selection at another time.
4. Q: Should I get a revolver or a semi-auto pistol?
A: Both of them have their positives and negatives so get what you are comfortable with
The bottom line of it is this:
1. If it is too big, heavy, uncomfortable or you can’t conceal it you won’t carry it
2. If the price is too expensive for your budget you will regret it and probably sell it
3. If the handgun is uncomfortable to shoot, you won’t shoot it
4. If the trigger pull is too heavy or you can’t rack the slide efficiently you won’t enjoy shooting the handgun.
5. So purchase what you are 110% comfortable with, try various types of handguns out (you can rent them at most ranges) and be happy with your purchase.
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