Guest Post: How To Find The Right Handgun

Posted: June 23, 2014 in General, Shooting
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This is the first in a series of guest posts from Oscar Broca of Republic Arsenal. Texas Gun Show Review invites guest posts from the shooting sports industry (with a preference given to sponsors) on topics of interest to the community. Opinions expressed are those of the guest author and not necessarily of Texas Gun Show Review.

Republic Arsenal has agreed to do a series of posts on topics of interest to gun show attendees, particularly first-time buyers.


How To Find The Right Handgun

by Oscar Broca, Republic Arsenal


So often, customers purchasing their first hand gun can feel overwhelmed. After all, it’s an investment and you want to make sure it’s the right gun for you; not to mention there is a large assortment of manufacturers and selection to choose from. Here are a few questions to consider before making your purchase.

It is important to identify why you are purchasing the handgun. If this is for home defense, you may want a full size pistol with a higher capacity magazine. If you are looking to conceal carry, you may want to consider something smaller or compact. There are a variety of brands and calibers available for conceal.

Select a gun that fits your hand. We encourage our customers to pick up and grip the pistol. It should feel comfortable in your hand. If your fingers hang off you may consider a longer or wider grip. Also consider the weight of the gun when you hold it. Make sure you can hold the gun properly and securely. Poly carbon frame is lighter than steel frame; however, steel frame can absorb more of the recoil from a higher caliber.

Be sure you can operate the hand gun and pull back on the slide. If the slide is too stiff and you are having trouble, this is not the best gun for you. Just as finding the right hand gun is important, so is operating the firearm. It won’t be of any benefit to you if you cannot operate the pistol effectively in a critical situation.

It’s always good to research and educate yourself on various models; however, just because it’s a “popular” gun does not necessarily mean it’s the “right’ gun for you.

Finally, we recommend you go to a gun range that rents handguns and try out a few comparing the way they feel and handle. This will determine what is best for you.

Tip: Call the gun range ahead of time to inquire the selection available to rent. Not all gun ranges rent the same selection.


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