Ally Abrams is on the hunt for a new gun. More than that, actually. She’s on the hunt for her first gun. So, like many first-time gun buyers, she went to her local range, The Machine Gun Nest, because they have a lot of choices in a place where people can see and test them out.
In particular, Ally is interested in a handgun. She’s shot handguns before, but she’s not very experienced. As far as brand loyalty goes for guns, Ally is a blank slate. Which makes the local gun shop/range a perfect choice for her.
At the gun shop, she can talk with people who can tell her what to look for based on her needs and what to avoid. It’s an easy place to get quick answers.
What types of handguns should she look at? Revolvers or semi-autos
What calibers should she pick? What should she avoid and why?
Should she stick with popular brands or possibly try something newer?
What type of ammo does she need for the range? What about self-defense ammo?
What capacity should she get?
When you’re starting with very little knowledge about a topic, it’s easy to think all the answers are online waiting for you with a simple five-word search. But that’s not always true nor is it always easy to cut through all the various opinions out there on the never-ending web. Just typing in “what gun should I buy” will probably send you down a long and confusing journey.
On the other hand, in just a few minutes of talking with an instructor like Brian George at her gun shop, Ally at least had a working knowledge of what was available to her and some advice from someone more familiar with guns. Even better, she got to hit the range to test and pick her first handgun. Just check out the pictures below to see how it all turned out.