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Buying Your First Gun

Factors To Consider Before Buying Your First Gun

Shopping for most ladies comes naturally and at a whim. Ladies are made that way. We love to shop.

However, shopping for a gun is way different from shopping for clothing and filling up the wardrobe; especially if you are going for your first gun. There are several very important factors you must bear in mind when you are considering picking up a gun.

Holster Girl has the following for you.

  • What do you plan to use the gun for?

This is very important. You should have your primary intention of needing a gun. Are you buying a gun just to familiarise yourself with the functionalities of a firearm; that is for fun? Are you considering the firearm to use in home or for self-defence? Is it going to be your only gun; or you plan adding to your collection later?

All the above question will go a long way to helping you pick the right gun.

If you are buying a gun for self-defence, then you need to consider the choice of calibre. Which calibres are most effective for self-defence? Well, most hand gun calibres fall into two types: rim fire or centre fire.

If you are not looking for a self-defence handgun; but you just need something to learn and play with, then you can’t go wrong with a pistol chambered in .22 Long Rifle. It will provide you with the opportunity to learn and hone your skills. Don’t be deceived into thinking that this gun cannot kill a man. It can! The disadvantage is that it’s most likely to inflict injuries thus infuriating your aggressor and perhaps still end up getting harmed.

For guns with great stopping fire and self-defence, you would want to go for the centerfire cartridges. There are numerous choices here. 9mm, 38 special, 357 Magnum, 25 Caliber, .380, 40 S&W, etc. We have good stock here at Holster Girl. Do well to make your pick.

  • Make sure you have the right gun

You may be wondering what in the world having the right gun means. Some patience dear. You should know that guns are all about physics. “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” – We call this “recoil”. Don’t bother with that though. What I mean is that the heavier the firearm the less perceived recoil is felt by the shooter. A light gun has the propensity to stay less at rest. Often times, when a lady walks into a gun shop, she is talked into buying a small light gun like a Smith and Wesson airweight revolver. Shooting this gun the first time could be a little overwhelming; the reason being that the gun is light weight.

However, ladies still go for light guns for 3 main reasons.

  1. It’s easy to conceal and lighter. Who wants to carry a heavy gun all day long?
  2. The thrill of it. Some people just love the jerks that come with firing such guns.


  • Consider reliability

You should buy a quality gun from a reliable manufacturer. The last thing you need is a gun that mocks you in disappointment when you need it most.

  • Consider comfortability

Determine if the gun fits your hand well by dry firing; and if possible live firing. Also look for a natural point of aim. Different firearms have different grip angles. For some people, a particular grip feels more natural and comfortable. To find out, the following technique should help. Aim a gun, close your eyes, and see how out of position the gun has moved when you re-open your eyes.

  • The cost

This is also a factor to consider; and I deliberately treated it last. Though a gun being expensive doesn’t mean it’s the best; cheap always equates crappiness in firearms. You have to consider what you are ready and willing to spend for a good fire arms. Good firearms are not cheap; though they are affordable. Here at Holster Girl, we boast of the best fire arms you can get anywhere.

To end this post, I want to add that a gun is like a lover. You will come to feel each other; and it ought to be a part of you for you to master it. Once a gun becomes part of you when you hold it, then you have come a long way.