5 Things to Consider When Buying a Handgun

According to statistics, around 42% of all U.S. households own one or more firearms. Given that owning a firearm for protection in the U.S. is a constitutional right, this comes as no surprise. Firearms are a part of daily life in many places around the world.

For those of us who have been firearm enthusiasts for a long time or have owned one or more of our own previously, shopping for a new handgun is quite simple, not to mention exciting! If however you’re buying a fire arm for the first time and are not sure what to look out for, a little guidance might be needed!

5 Things to Consider When Buying a Hand Gun

If you’re investing in a hand gun for the first time, there are a few things you should consider in order to make a good choice.


There are numerous different firearms made by different companies with varying specifications. The first thing you want is to get a sense of those worth your attention. You want to narrow down your choices to guns makes and models that you are certain will be reliable.

Look up reviews, ask seasoned gun enthusiasts for their input and always prioritize reliability over aesthetic when it comes to a handgun or any firearm for that matter!

Pistol or Revolver

When buying a handgun, you will also need to decide whether it is a pistol or a revolver you want to go for. Each has its own disadvantages as well as areas where the other may be superior. Where revolvers are easier both by way of handling and by way of shooting, pistols carry more rounds and are considered to be relatively safer.

Figuring out your needs and preferences should help you with this decision.



Firearm accuracy is dependent on a range of different factors. You want to buy a handgun that is easy to grip and aim. Don’t just blindly choose a handgun with the best reviews. Look over your options, hold them to get a sense of the grip and test fire them if possible. This should help you find a handgun with a grip that suits you ideally.


All guns big and small experience a degree of what you call recoil. A heavy handgun might ‘kick’ or push back on you upon firing. If the recoil of the handgun you’re using is more than you can handle, the weapon becomes a lot less useful.

When test firing, pay attention to recoil and opt only for a handgun that you can hold fairly steady even when it kicks. Alternatively, go for a model with lesser kick force.


Last but not least, you probably know that handguns and related accessories and rounds can cost a fair bit. Once you’ve zeroed in on potential handgun candidates for yourself, do a little research not just on the cost of the gun but also on what it might cost you by way of use and maintenance. Is this feasible for you?

The Upshot

Keeping the five points above in mind when purchasing your own handgun will ensure that you choose a weapon that is ideally suited to you in every way!

Gold Mountain Arms is a veteran owned ammunition & accessories store based in Washington focused on an improved customer experience offering firearms for sale online to customers across the US.

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