Choosing a new handgun?

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by CampingJosh, Dec 30, 2010.

Which factor is most important as you make a handgun purchase decision?

Poll closed Jan 14, 2011.
  1. Feel in your hand (ergonomics)

    27 vote(s)
  2. Size/weight/appearance (physical characteristics)

    8 vote(s)
  3. Reviews/referrals/company reputation

    5 vote(s)
  4. Style (revolver vs. auto) & cartridge

    10 vote(s)
  1. tcox4freedom

    tcox4freedom Well-Known Member

    Nov 5, 2009
    South Carolina USA
    No Flames from me.
    I agree 100%!

    But, I didn't see "purpose" as a choice.
  2. rentalguy1

    rentalguy1 Former Guest

    Oct 10, 2009
    The mountains of NE TN.
    I approach it this way:

    1. Style - While I like revolvers well enough, they are relegated to range fun and display duty in my arsenal. I will only carry a auto, because of the design and capacity.

    2. Company reputation/reviews - I have my favorite manufacturers; Taurus, Beretta, and Springfield Armory, but that doesn't mean that I would not own a Hi-Point if the personal reviews were stellar. I try to avoid publicized reviews, as advertising money does count as a factor. I was a writer and editorial assistant at a business magazine, and know how that stuff works.

    3. Size and Appearance - I prefer full frame guns over sub and compact models. I will own the latter, but it is rare.

    4. Ergonomics - If I can get past numbers 2 and 3 on my list, then I will fondle one for a bit. I don't follow the rule about it either feeling right or not. Uncle Sam handed me a M9 in 1990 and said deal with it. Many hate this platform, but it is my hands down favorite. I am adaptable in this category.

    5. Price and value - I don't typically buy a gun on a whim. I study the criteria for a while (months, at least), and save some money in the mean time. I pretty much refuse to spend in excess of a grand on a hand gun. This typically works in my favor, since Taurus makes several models that mirror more expensive guns (1911, 92, and Cougars). I have bet my life on Barettas, so why wouldn't I do the same on a gun that was made on the same exact machinery, to the same exact specs, at a lower cost?

  3. dons2346

    dons2346 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2009
    Move between WA and points south
    If the glove don't must acquit. No wait, that is something different.

    Anyway, if I can't hold the piece comfortably, it doesn't make any difference how good it looks.
  4. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2008
    DAV, Deep in the Pineywoods of E. Texas!
    First off, welcome to the forum! I suppose that in my post when I stated that caliber was of the most importance to me, really means to what purpose the gun will be used, and caliber dictates that. If it's for SD, caliber is most important to me. If it's for hunting, again, caliber is most important. As the old saying goes, "Bring a gun, and bring enough gun".
  5. gendoikari87

    gendoikari87 Former Guest

    Sep 9, 2010
    if you must have those ranked I can't do it, because most of those don't matter to me.

    1) Percision and simplicity in design (as few moving parts as possible)
    2) Barrel WELL fixed in place to the frame (perferably barrel, and receiver are ONE piece of metal)
    3) semi narrow, long grip, preferably checkered
    4) Heavy barrel/gun for accuracy
    5) Rimfire... if i'm shooting a handgun, it's for fun, and centerfire is just getting too expensive.
  6. lucky-gunner

    lucky-gunner New Member

    May 23, 2010
    1) Feel in your hand (ergonomics)
    Most important to me. It could be a great pistol but just doesn't work for me (Glock :( wish they did).

    3) Price & value
    I have all of the firearm that I need. The only thing left if to find interesting firearms. I normally don't have a list of what I'm looking for but just whatever peaks my interest.

    5) Style (revolver vs. auto) & cartridge
    Falls back on the fact that I have what I need and now I'm just looking for firearms of interest. Purchasing a lot of older revolvers right now. They are pretty much range toys but I enjoy shooting them.

    2) Size/weight/appearance (physical characteristics)
    These don't matter much.

    4) Reviews/referrals/company reputation
    Depends on who the review is from. I have a couple sources that I trust but normally just rely on myself.
  7. Pro-Gun"Liberal"

    Pro-Gun"Liberal" New Member

    Jan 31, 2011
    North Carolina
    I read something interesting the other day in Shotgun News. It was an article about how revolvers are "expert's" guns and are a poor choice for beginners. Now, I had always been told the opposite, and believed, as you do, that revolvers are simpler to use, even though I prefer autos. And this article really changed my mind on this. I knew I liked autos better, but I never thought about why. The writer explains in the piece that because of the double action nature of revolvers, and the tendency to "milk" them, a locked and loaded auto is going to prove to be much easier for the average person to keep on target in stressful situations. This makes perfect sense. And it highlights why I don't like revolvers as much as autos... or any DA-only weapon, for that matter. If you have an auto with the safety engaged and one in the spout, it takes only a little practice to draw the weapon, disengage the safety, and start putting down fairly accurate fire. A revolver may be a simpler tool, but the actual function takes a higher degree of precision in trigger pull to create accurate fire, particularly under stress.
  8. Gun Gal 53

    Gun Gal 53 New Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    Ergonomics.....if it doesn't feel good, you will not want to shoot it and to me even though I am a girl...weight. I hate the little hand stingers. I have a Springfield 9mm and being older I do not have the stregth to hold my arm firm after the shot. I do not want to be ending up with my hand moving 3 feet north each time I fire. The weight of the gun is nice to rip off several rounds quickly. So that kinda leads to caleber too....357, 40 or so .... is nice. I rather wait to purchase the guns I want if I can not get it today. I have a few and can wait for my next on because it will be one I will like shooting.
  9. 1911 man

    1911 man New Member

    Sep 23, 2010
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