Buying 101: How to Buy a Handgun
By Jacki Billings
Buying a handgun, like the Glock 19, doesn’t have to be an intimidating process. (Photo: Guns.com)
With so many gun models available, selecting the right pistol to add to your growing collection or buying a handgun for the first time can feel like a daunting task. With the right know-how, though, the buying process can be a little less intimidating and, dare we say, fun!
Here at Guns.com, we’re all about setting our readers up for success so we sat down with Mark Sims, Senior Buyer at Guns.com, to get some tips on how to buy a handgun.
1. Do Your Research
Handguns span a wide array of uses these days, so knowing what you want out of your handgun narrows the options down, ultimately making the buying list a little more manageable. From plinking to hunting to competitive shooting and even self-defense, handguns bring versatility.
“Pistol shooting is an absolutely fantastic sport to get into. There’s a lot of enjoyment. It requires multiple levels of skill depending on how serious you want to go with it,” Sims explained. “You can just go out plinking with your friends and family or you could actually get into any level of competition — be it at your