I'm prior military so I have experience with firearms but only rifle, was never trained with a handgun. I will be purchasing my first handgun in a week or so and am still considering what to buy. I did spend one afternoon at a local Florida range that had handguns to rent and tried several.
Beretta M9, Glock 19, Walther PPQ, Ruger LC9 ( just to try a small compact ) Springfield XDM (.45 ) and of course a S&W 1911. And I think I fired the S&W MP9 but I'm not sure, my GF was with me and she was getting bored ( the range I went to had a requirement for renters that said you must have a 2nd person present to prevent certain accidents - which I understand ). I liked the M9 but have heard mixed reviews, the Glock was ok, the LC9 was good but I did notice it tended to jump a bit more like almost everyone says and I understand why. Then the guy at the range that was helping me suggested I try the Walther PPQ and I did really like it, the styling, the mag release and it seemed pretty accurate for my limited experience.
One of the guns I'm thinking of buying is the Sig P250 ( the 2 Sum version because I like the option to change it out to a compact to carry more concealed and still have the same trigger feel ). Yes I am going to take the C&C weapons course, already signed up. The range I went to did not have any Sigs to fire because the ones they did ave they'd sold to employees ( which in its own right says a lot I guess ).
The reason I want a handgun is for home defense and something I can carry when travelling to places here in FL that I dont know. Cause some of the places I've been here I was sure wondering about my safety. In defense of that statement, not saying Florida is bad, but I am new to Florida and therefore IMO am more aware of my surroundings, watching people, what type of area I am in ect. Whereas where I lived b4 I was there most of my life and IMO had become somewhat de-sensitized to my surroundings.
One other question I have is on a test that the range guy had me do. Take aim like normal, bring the gun back to your chest with both hands, close your eyes and re-aim. How close are you to your original target ? He said that test would show how well the grip fit my hand and how it would affect how I aim.
Is this accurate ? It seems to make sense to me.
Asking for input from people here on both subjects. I understand that everyones personal likes will be different but feedback from people that own these weapons will sure help.
Thanks in advance