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+1 on trying, or at least handling as many guns as you can. It's just like buying a violin: unless it's for investment, you've gotta hear how it sings and how it feels in your hands before you buy.
Since this can easily turn into an addiction or disease, don't fret too much about that first purchase. Get something 'conservative' (as well as resale-able); your gun personality will develop soon enough and then you'll know what you can't live without. I started out with a used Ruger 10/22. Oodles of guns later, I'm still scrambling to save up for that next sweet gun I just have to have.
Ask yourself if you want to carry a gun with a consistent trigger pull that's heavier, or double action first pull, single action subsequent pulls or something like a 1911 which you can carry cocked and locked. Once you determine the answer to this, that'll narrow it down quite a bit.
Again, great to have you here and good luck!
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Welcome from Michigan!
BTW, usmcj gave some great advice!
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Welcome to Defensive Carry from Olympia, WA; in the Great Pacific Northwest!
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I don't have a range near me to go rent and test guns, but since you have that option I would take advantage of it, shoot several make, model, and calibers. Not sure about while carrying a cane but while being in a wheelchair a shoulder rig might be a good way for you to carry. If you don't mind a small gun you could get something that will fit in your shirt pocket (Such as a Berretta Tomcat).
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Some people wanna take 'em away, why don't you go bust them boys that's sellin' crack.
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Hello, KC, and welcome from Missouri to a really great forum. Good people and info here!
There is certainly a wealth of info in this forum, and lots of reviews online for differnt handguns. I prefer 9mm - plentiful and cheap. I recommend you also check out the many free YouTube videos made by Massad Ayoob, a world-class instructor in handgun use and self defense, who has recorded training sessions in Judicious Use of Force, Shoot to Live, Home Invasion, Preparation for Home Defense, and What to Do After a Shooting. Just Google his name and these topics and the YouTubes should show up. Very good instructional information from an expert, and free.
Take care, and best wishes for a safe, prosperous New Year to you and yours.
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Welcome to the forum from SW Ohio.
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