There’s nothing like buying your very first handgun for conceal carry. A close friend and I were just reminiscing about when we first became proud concealed carry owners. We didn’t know how involved the purchasing process was because there were so many different products on the market. And today there are even more options than when I purchased my first handgun. I’m not going to endorse any particular firearm manufacturer but there are a few things you should look for before buying that shiny 357 pistol or plan on pocket carrying an AR pistol.
1. No cheap shots. Remember your buying a firearm that when you use it you want it to work. Don’t opt for the cheapest handgun. I would also venture to say not to consider the most expensive either. Have in mind a price range. Then look for firearms in that range. I highly recommend used firearms. There is nothing wrong with used guns, just inspect them carefully. Over the years I have found some real gems in used guns.
2. Research. Research. And research some more. Just like in school, research is important. Start buying some subscription magazines, search the Internet for gun reviews, and ask people about particular experiences with firearms for concealed carry.
3. This is not your dream gun. My first handgun was a revolver and not particularly my dream gun. Just like when you brought your first car or home, you know you weren’t buying what you always wanted. Remember training is essential. Get accustomed to going out to the range and practicing with your new handgun to become a proficient marksman.
From my personal experience and opinion, when considering what to buy for your first handgun I would suggest it to be chambered in either 9mm, 38. special, and 380ACP. It would be a compact or subcompact pistol that feels comfortable in your hand and you feel comfortable manipulating the functions. I would recommend some type of safety features. Ensure that you are easily able to dissemble and reassemble. I have fired and carried multiple handguns from a variety of manufacturers and many of them have great options for concealed carry. For those of you that are concealed carry veterans I would love to know what your first firearm you purchased was and for any new comers feel free to ask any questions.