- Type of carry
Good questions to ask are when, where, and how often you will carry and what will you be wearing. If you regularly visit a shooting range with a gun nestled in its case, a large and heavy model is not a problem. But the same model carried under your t-shirt at the height of summer will attract unwanted attention.
If you work as a manager, and carry a gun as a precaution at the office and in meetings, you should opt for a different model than a security expert who carries a gun as a work tool under tactical clothing. A t-shirt should be worn when carrying your firearm, as aggressive sweat can cause corrosion.
Also consider whether you need a belt holster or if you will carry your gun in a bag or backpack. A holster must be sufficiently tight to prevent your firearm from falling out accidentally, while also allowing for an easy draw.
- Think ahead
Your gun must remain reliable, even after many years of demanding operation in tough conditions and in all types of weather. If the frame is made of metal, you need to apply gun oil regularly to treat the surfaces against corrosion. A stainless-steel model requires less maintenance, but is more expensive. A polymer frame does not require oil or other demanding maintenance measures, but the metal slide or bolt must still be treated.
- Gun accessories – Modification options
There is plenty of time to think about handgun accessories after you become proficient with your handgun. We recommend for you to first invest money in shooting range practice, ammunition and training. Some models are suitable for fine-tuning, others aren’t. Tuning is available for the trigger, sights, color of the finish, recoil springs, magazines, etc. It is good to have a gun for which you can purchase additional accessories, and that can be repaired or fine-tuned by a gunsmith in accordance with your requirements.
Another plus is when a whole series is available. Some guns may be a rarity on certain markets, which could be a problem when looking for original parts or trying to file a claim.
We wish you luck in the choice of your future gun and that you’ll have a steady hand when shooting. Don’t forget that practice makes perfect, which includes dry shooting for learning how to handle the gun, as well as live firing at a shooting range. Every shooter should find a gun that suits them in all aspects. Shooting is a lifestyle and requires being responsible within the shooting community.