Buying your first gun can be a stressful time, especially if you’re inexperienced and new to shooting. As an instructor, I often get asked, “What’s the best first gun?”
Many factors come in to play when you’re looking to purchase a gun, especially if it’s your first. Sometimes buyers are looking to buy a first gun for home defense. Some are looking to buy a first gun for target shooting, plinking, or self-defense. Your motivation in making the purchase will play a hand in what’s the best first gun for you.
What’s right for someone else may not be what’s right for you. A handgun needs to fit your hand; there is no one-size-fits-all. Because everyone’s hands are different, ensuring that you can safely reach the trigger, a manual safety if you choose one, and magazine release all affect what you’ll buy. When the frame size, grip angle, and ergonomics all feel right, you’ll know it’s the best gun for you.