Welcome from Ohio.
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Welcome from Ohio.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.
I agree with those that have said get training first, and try as many different types as you can.
When I advise people on a 'first' carry gun purchase I find it helpful to go down a checklist. These questions, in this order, seem to work well for me:
1) Where/how do you plan to carry? [this determines the basic size of the handgun, and may dictate action type]
2) What action type do you prefer/are comfortable with? [preferably they can try revolver, DAO, DA/SA, SA, and striker]
3) What features are important? [safety, external hammer, rail, etc...)
4) What calibers can you handle/shoot accurately?
Then just go to a gun store and pick one that meets their criteria and fits the hand well.
Welcome to the forums! I hope you find a carry gun that fits your needs.
Some extra things to consider are where you will carry it with you when in chair or in your normal method of mobility, ie: can you draw it quickly and safely. Also concealability, unless you're allowing or are going to be open carrying.
Either way good luck - I've only been a member for three months and found this site to be very welcoming and it has a wide range of information and knowledge.
Ditto on trying first. I bought A Ruger LCR38 based on reviews. When I took my class I rented a 9mm Glock. Now I wish I could turn the LCR into a Glock. Ruger is very concealable but the recoil is hard on my 67 year old hands with some arthritis. Bottom line is I will probably not go to the range as much with it as I would if I had a Glock