SEVEN THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A HANDGUN:
by Judi Anderson
Do you have the required permits to purchase in your state?
(In Minnesota, you must have either a permit to purchase - obtained from the county Sheriff’s Department where you reside or a permit to carry - classes offered at Osakis General Store and Guns galore, then apply for permit with Sheriff’s Department.)
Are you old enough?
(In Minnesota, you must be at least 21 to purchase a handgun.)
Revolver vs. Pistol?
There is less of a chance for misfires or jams with revolvers than pistols, however, if you clean and maintain your pistol appropriately, misfires and jams are not typically an issue.
The rapid-firing ability of a semi-automatic pistol may be a trade off depending on the purpose of your purchase.
Are you buying for home defense? Hunting? Do you plan to carry the firearm?
Caliber will affect the physical size of the firearm, take-down ability, weight and recoil of the firearm. Not a big deal if its in your bedside table, but definitely a consideration if you will holster or otherwise carry the handgun.
How does the grip fit your hand?
Does it have interchangeable grips?
If it doesn’t fit well, it may be more difficult to control the gun and manage recoil.
Cost of ammo?
You may love the gun, but your love may fade quickly if the ammo breaks the bank!
Again, consider the purpose. Defense vs. target practice?
Pistols and revolvers have varying load capacities. Some pistols are single load, while others have magazine’s allowing for multiple loads from four to twenty-two rounds.
If higher capacity is important to you, check to see if extended magazines are available. Typically sold separately.