Having recently gotten off my duff and joined (and am using) our local range, am having the opportunity to really shoot my hand guns, as well as my rifles.
And in doing so, am winnowing out some of my earlier choices.
Take for example my beloved side ported, compact 45 Springfield purchased some 20 years ago. At the time, LOVED that gun. Its still a great gun, but arthritis has made it not so user friendly anymore, so sold that about 5 years ago.
A couple of years ago had purchased a wonderful Ruger 1911 TALO edition. LOVED it, but again, arthritis made racking that slide tough. The larger size gun and heavier weight made it easier to use than the Springfield because the weight countered the recoil. But not being able to rack the slide with any consistency, especially when it hung up on the slide lock and I couldn’t reach round with my thumb to release it. So sold the gun.
Just put new grips on my 40 year old Colt Cobra. Makes it easier to hold on to, but that recoil on that small gun is tough to overcome, especially when shooting single handed. The same is true for the original Ruger LCR I bought some 10 years ago. So one is probably going to go.
And that leads to another thought; shoot the largest gun you can handle. Some of you have small hands. Some of you are buying for concealibility. Well, you can camouflage a pretty big gun if necessary. BUT the real reason I say this, is the larger and heavier the gun, the easier it will be to control recoil and get back on target.
This is not the old bigger is better argument, I don’t care if you’re shooting a .380! I’ve seen those and they are barely bigger than my hand. like the .38’s, they are tough to hold onto and control! Ruger is making one almost the size of a compact 9mm and was really tempted! But if I’m going to go that big, will just go for the compact 9mm!
Now THAT is the bigger is better argument!! 😉
But even those with smaller hands can go comfortably into the compact 9mm size without trouble, instead of playing it safe with one of those teeny .38’s that’s hardly bigger than a sneeze.
Because honestly, it will definitely have to be TEOTWAWKI before we will find ourselves in a running gun battle with multiple targets from 100 yards. Any self defense situation we might encounter will be very up close and personal. and pretty much anything is effective at close range if you are in a fight for your life.
So get what you will be physically comfortable with and practice, practice, practice. Join a range where you can rent different guns and let your mental level come to the same level as your physical ability. Try and then buy.
Wish I’d taken my own advice, I’d have saved thousands. cause you don’t sell them used for anything near what you paid for them new.