Due to the abundance of threads from people asking what they should get as a first pistol, I have decided to post this up in the hopes of helping the person in need.
This is a master listing of popular firearm manufacturers websites:
The purpose of this list is to provide someone an easy way to jump to a brand of their liking instantly from this forum (how's that for user friendly?)
Home Page - Smith & Wesson
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
Taurus International Manufacturing Inc
GLOCK "Safe Action Pistols"
Home Beretta International
Kahr Arms | Maker of high quality handguns in USA
Armscor Precision: Firearms, Ammunition, and Components
Looking at these websites is a good starting point. You can gauge what products each company has, and the prices of those products. If you are still extremely lost, here are a few pointers:
1. The weapon must fit YOU. Getting advice from others is great, but realize that their opinion of a "best" gun may not fit your needs and/or your physical stature.
2. Getting some "fondling" time is crucial. After you spend some time on this forum (and becoming a supporting member
), you need to get down to your nearest firearms dealer, and actually handle the firearms you may be interested in. A picture is worth a thousand words, but actual touch/feel is priceless in the world of firearms.
3. Listen to your gut feeling. If you feel wrong about a certain brand or deal, stay away from it.
4. Take your time. Listen to other's peoples opinions, but take the time to start forming your own.
5. Look at your budget and be reasonable. Figure out what the cost of different ammunition is in your area. Once you have that figured, determine how much time you will actually practice with the firearm.
6. What is your philosophy of use? What do you intend to do with the firearm? carry conceal? home defense? target practice? competition?
7. Avoid the firearms cliques that are everywhere. You'll notice them right away. If a group of people says "The Glock is the best pistol ever made. Nothing is better" Stay away and seek advice elsewhere. The firearms cliques are responsible for more misinformation than anything else in the firearms world.
Here's are a few other websites that may help you in your searches:
Firearm Recalls and Warnings Index on FirearmsID.com
Handgun Ballistics Table
Good luck and good hunting!!!
P.S. Feel free to add to this thread. There is no such thing as too much information.