Choosing a sidearm is not a decision that can be made quickly. There are many factors to consider about how a weapon will suit both the person using it and the purpose it is being used for. Not every gun is right for every person and certainly not for every situation. Here are three important questions to ask before purchasing a gun.
What Will It Be Used For?
The type of weapon a person needs can vary greatly based on what they need it for. A hunting rifle serves a much different purpose than a handgun intended for home defense or personal safety. Considering how a gun will be utilized will help narrow down what will work best for each person.
Which Size Is Right for the Job?
Different types of Glocks, pistols, and revolvers come in many different grip sizes and magazine capacities. A sidearm designed to be concealed and carried is likely to be smaller and hold less ammo whereas a home-defense weapon may be larger.
Also, consider the size of the person who will be using the weapon. A smaller person may feel more comfortable with a shorter grip that fits better in their hand. Each weapon should be tested for comfort, size, and recoil so that the person using it will be able to do so when needed.
How Is the Safety Activated?
Check where the safety is located on any weapon being considered. Some firearms have a trigger safety. This feature is faster to disable, but some feel it isn’t as safe. There is also the thumb safety; this small lever rests on the side of the weapon and can be switched on or off as needed. If desired, some sidearms offer both the thumb and trigger safety features on one weapon.
Be sure to step into a store and check out each item personally before purchasing. There is no substitute for getting the feel of a weapon in person before making a final decision.