Re: What is the best handgun for beginner?
Hi and welcome to the forum!
You've gotten some good advice here.
1. Don't rush
2. Try out (handle AND shoot) as many handguns as possible before you buy.
3. You may even want to take a class so you can learn proper technique BEFORE buying. (\
4. An NRA "Women on Target" event is another GREAT way to gain expeience and get "good" information.
The MAIN thing to avoid is too SMALL of a handgun. There are "men" out there who will patronaize people like you; and suggest small calibers and small handguns. (Small handguns are "specialized" weapons that usually require a little more skill and experience to operate.)
Most of the women I've seen that started with a small SC/UC handgun in a small caliber soon seek a larger caliber compact model.
My wife started with a Bersa 380 (A Great Hg btw!); within 3months she had graduated to a Taurus 24/7 Pro Compact 45acp. I later bought a 24/7 ProC 40s&w which she really likes and carrys now.
Don't let anyone tell you you need a "expensive" handgun for SD. (You don't!)
My wife and I love our 24/7 ProCompacts; and we trust them daily to protect our children and ourselves. So, I can highly recommend a Taurus 24/7 ProC in 9mm. I can also highly recommend the Springfield XD Sub-compact in 9mm. (another GREAT firearm!)
Good Luck and feel free to PM me with any questions. I'll even let you talk to my wife.
Last edited by tcox4freedom; 06-08-2010 at 11:42 AM..