A Woman’s Guide for Choosing a Handgun

pink-hundgun-for-ladyEven if you were able to dredge up the courage to walk into a store and ask the dealer about what type of handgun might be best suited for you, chances are you will get the wrong answer. Stereotypes do exist and it is prevalent when it comes to guns, which is considered a man’s domain by most people. This article therefore will try to help you in your quest to find the handgun that will suit you best.

Semi-automatic pistols and revolvers are the top choices when it comes to handguns. Revolvers are easier to operate and are considered more reliable. It has no slide making it easier to shoot when you are in a life threatening situation and your hands are unsteady. Revolvers generally cost less; this is an important factor to consider if you have a restricted budget and they are also easier to clean and maintain.

However, revolvers are quite heavy and bulky and are not suitable for on the body carry. But if you are more comfortable putting your gun in your purse or bag or even in the pockets of your coat or jacket, this might not concern you much. You could also have a hard time pulling the trigger and the recoil generated by revolvers is generally greater when compared to other guns. Most revolver models also do not have a safety catch thus making them more prone to accidental discharge. And single action revolvers need you to cock each round when you fire, making it harder to launch multiple shots.

Semi-automatic pistols are more compact and lighter making them the best choice for concealed on the body carry. They contain more ammunition and could be loaded with less effort. Semi-automatic pistols can launch multiple shots faster with less recoil and their triggers could be pulled with more ease. One of the biggest drawbacks of pistols is that they are harder to maintain and more difficult to clean. Pistols are also more likely to get jammed, making firing a shot impossible if you don’t know how to resolve this problem. And when compared with revolvers, pistols are more expensive.

Both guns have their own unique advantages and disadvantages, and it is up to you to review each detail then decide what gun you like.  To further help you in making your decision, before you buy your handgun, try asking for assistance from women’s gun clubs, they might be able to provide you with a used handgun similar to the one you want to buy and you can test fire it. Furthermore they can also help you with the training you need to be able to use your gun safely and properly.

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