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Hello! Welcome from Southeast Kansas!
Welcome from Michigan!
Take your time and do a lot of reading. DC is a great place to learn.
There are a lot of things to consider before purchasing a handgun (purpose, personal fit/preference, financial resources, etc.)
Try to buy quality and from companies with excellent CS (e.g.S&W, Glock, Springfield, Ruger, Kahr, Colt, Sig, etc.)
Most of all...have fun!
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Welcome to the forum from SW Ohio. If you can find a range that rents guns, I would suggest you fire as many different ones as possible and find what fits you, what feels "right", what you like, and what you shoot well. Also, if you have friends who shoot, see if you can go with them and if they will let you shoot their guns. Everyone has different likes and dislikes. You need to find the gun that feels right to you and that you shoot well. Just my .02. Best of luck.
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Welcome from South Carolina...
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Hello, Red, and welcome from Missouri to a great forum. Good people and info here! Definitely grip test any handgun you are thinking of buying, and if you can, rent one at a range to shoot it. Consider the size, magazine capacity, and weigh that against how you intend to carry it. I have a Sig SP2022 for normal home defense, and both a Taurus PT709 Slim and Kahr K9, all handguns in 9mm. Caliber is something else to consider. I like having all one caliber, and for me 9mm works for my purposes. See the link below regarding self defense ammo.
Since you are new to this handgun, self defense arena, consider taking some good self defense classes. I also recommend you 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.
Here is a very good technical review of self defense ammo, when you want to consider this:
Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo
This is an informative review by a doctor of different gunshot wounds effects; we all need to be aware of this real-life information:
Doctor Talks About Gunshot Wounds
Take care, and best wishes to you and yours!
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