Ease of Operation
Can you pull the slide back easily? Are you able to comfortably reach the slide stop lever, safety and magazine release? Does the firearm offer an easy way to field strip it to give it a routine cleaning? These are all important considerations when choosing a firearm.
Many gun shops will show you exactly how to field-strip a firearm, and should answer any other questions you may have. This will give you a good idea if it’s a firearm for you.
Feels good, doesn’t it?
The way that a firearm feels in the palm of your hand is another very important thing to consider. If you’re at a gun shop, don’t be afraid to see how different firearms feel while you’re properly gripping it. Just be sure to use proper gun shop etiquette while you’re there.
If you have an uncomfortable firearm, you are more likely to leave it at home. You are also more likely to skip trips to the range in order to practice and keep up on your proficiency. If it feels right in your hands, you’ll enjoy shooting it.
You may have a budget that you’ll need to stick to when picking up your carry firearm. Let’s say it’s a budget of $800. When factoring price, don’t stop at the firearm. Remember that you’ll need a sufficient holster for it, as well as ammunition and hopefully some professional training. The latter is usually not followed, but it should be. That’s a whole other article, though.
Choosing a firearm to carry is an important and personal decision. If you’re not in a hurry, don’t rush it. But if you are in a hurry, still try not to rush it. Once you buy it, it’s yours. If you change your mind, you won’t be getting back what you paid for it once it leaves the gun shop. Take the time to do the research required and before you know it, you’ll find the perfect firearm to carry concealed.
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