This is my 1st time here, but have been lurking for awhile. Searched & read a gazzillion threads on these forums and have learned a lot in a short amount of time.
I've decided to become a gun owner. I consider this a really serious decision & have thought a lot about it, came to the conclusion that this is something I have to do for my safety, hubby's safety, and the safety of our 2 kids. We have 2 young children (both <4 yrs old), so any gun I purchase will be in either in a gun safe or safely holstered on my person.
Also intend to get my CCW permit after I take a beginner's gun class next month w/my sister. We're taking the class at a range where you can rent guns by the hour. Ideally, I'd like to shoot the gun I'm going to buy BEFORE I purchase it. But this place doesn't have all of the guns that I'm considering.
So here's my question...how in the world do you narrow down your selections? Here are the issues I've been pondering:
- has to be comfortable enough for me to carry every day.
- I live in Arizona. It's bloomin' hot here for 5-6 months of the year (read: CCW w/heavy clothes is not an option). Hence, I'm afraid that something really heavy is going to get annoying really quickly.
- price: I don't want to spend $1200 on a gun, but $600 is ok
- am trying to decide between 9mm and .38.
- I am female, but do NOT have small hands
I went to a gun shop last weekend and handled a few guns...quickly decided that revolvers are probably not for me. I liked how the Ruger LCP was very lightweight, but the grip was awkward. Couldn't figure out what to do with my ring & pinky fingers...I think that the grip on the Ruger LCP is too small for me.
Thus, the grip on a Keltec P3AT is probably going to have the same issue, right?
Sheesh, I've got a list of 14 different guns that I'm considering. I think that I need to go back to the shop & try on the others for size. In the meantime, I'd appreciate input from you knowledgeable folks.
*** Edited to add ***
Whatever I do end up purchasing, it has to be a gun that is reliable. In other words, I intend to do a fair amount of target practice so IF I was in a situation where I had to fire the weapon, the shot would hit its target.