Handguns are one of the most popular firearms in the USA. Handguns are designed in such a way that they can be held and used with one hand. They are easily concealable, and on average have a firing range of 100 meters or so. Handguns are divided into two major subtypes:
- Semi-automatic pistols
Derringers and machine pistols are also a type of handguns, but they are used infrequently. If you are a gun enthusiast and are planning on buying a handgun, consider the following factors to make an informed and well-thought-out purchase.
- Always choose a weapon that is a perfect fit for your hands. The shape and design of the gun must correspond with the contours of your hands. When holding the gun, its weight should not trouble you and you should be able to carry it in a shooting position for a considerable amount of time. This is why guns with lighter polymer frames are more in demand these days.
- If you are a beginner, stay away from subcompact guns as they are difficult to handle. You may not be able to develop a good grip on these smaller guns. Another factor to consider is the width and thickness of the gun. If you want a concealable handgun, then look for a less sturdy gun so it won’t appear on the contours of your clothes.
Consider the Cost of Cartridge and Ammunition
- Different types of guns have different ammunition requirements. For e.g. sports guns require tons of ammunition during the training phase. Also, sports guns have some specific rules for the cartridge which you should be aware of before buying the gun.
- For defensive guns, stopping power is the most important factor to consider. However, during training, you will require an ample amount of ammunition as it takes quite a lot of practice to learn to hit accurately. Let us take a look at the characteristics of a few cartridges and how much Value for Money they offer.
.45 ACP or .45 Auto
0.45 Automatic Colt Pistol is a powerful cartridge with high stopping power. It is used by tactical units of US Police and can hold 8 rounds of bullets or less.
This is a relatively new and modern rimless pistol cartridge that was developed by two major American firearm companies - Smith & Wesson and Winchester. This cartridge uses bullets that weigh around 105 to 200 grains (6.8 to 13.0 g) and have a diameter of 0.40-inch (10 mm).
9×19 or 9 mm Luger
Also known as 9x19 Parabellum, this rimless and tapered pistol cartridge was developed in 1901 by an Austrian firearm firm. Due to its sufficient stopping power and wide availability, the 9x19 cartridge is a popular choice of cartridge for self-defense guns. According to a survey, approximately 60 percent of firearms used by the police have the 9mm Luger cartridge. This cartridge has a solid price/performance ratio.
This cartridge was created as an alternative to the 9 x 19 cartridge as some countries banned civilians from owning 9 mm Luger pistols. To make the pistol more civilian friendly, the 9 mm Steyr cartridge was shortened which created the 9x21 cartridge during the 1980s. It has a rimless, straight case type and is used in IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) competitions.
Listed above are some of the important factors to consider before buying a gun. For more guidance on handguns and their accessories, visit Numrich Gun Parts Corporation. We are America’s leading supplier of hard-to-find, obsolete, and rare gun parts and accessories.