Whether for home protection, a job in law enforcement, or personal defense, handguns are powerful tools that can help individuals keep themselves safe. After the appropriate safety courses are taken, state requirements are met, and the buyer feels comfortable with the prospect of safely owning a firearm, these are four ideal options for a first gun.
Glock 19 Gen 4
A tried-and-true classic, the Glock 19 is widely regarded as the gold standard in handguns. With a light frame and simple design, it’s a common recommendation at gun shops as a first handgun. Its magazine holds 15 rounds of 9mm ammunition, which makes it a popular choice among new owners because of its wide availability and reduced frequency of reloading. The Gen 4 Glock 19 also has customizable grips to accommodate any hand size.
Smith & Wesson M&P 9
A small but powerful gun, the Smith & Wesson M&P 9 is a popular option for first-time gun owners because of its compact size and comfort. Plus, its no-frills design makes it easy to handle. With a 17-round magazine, the Smith & Wesson M&P 9 is an excellent firearm for self-defense.
Available in three 9mm size options, the Springfield XD-M handgun line offers superior ergonomics and impressive power. Beginners will appreciate its three safeties: manual, grip, and trigger. With a curved grip that can be individualized, it offers comfort and precise control. It’s ideal for use by law enforcement, on the range, or for concealed carrying.
Revolvers like the trusty Ruger LCR9 are perfect for first-time handgun owners due to their point-and-shoot simplicity. With no extra features or complicated functions, the Ruger LCR9 doesn’t have much of a learning curve, and the long trigger pull makes accidental firing less likely. It does have a bit of recoil, though. With only a five-round capacity, buyers should spend time at a gun range to make sure that their accuracy is up to scratch before getting a Ruger LCR9.
Buying a handgun for the first time can be intimidating, but if you’re ready to make a purchase, the expert staff at River City Gun Exchange in Sacramento can help you. Our team of professionals undergoes specialized in-house training, so you can rely on us to answer your questions and provide insightful recommendations. If you’d like to purchase a firearm or ammunition, stop by our store today or call us at (916) 428-0377.