I relied on my wife's research when buying my first pistol.
I didn't know anything about pistols & hadn't even shot my revolvers in 20+ years, but I wanted a pistol for concealed carry.
I only used computers at work. She researched for her pistol on the 'net & at local gun stores & decided on a Bersa Thunder .380. Trusting her decision on brand, I bought a Bersa Firestorm Mini .40 (same as their Thunder, just some cosmetic differences) & have never regretted it.
Course, they & 1911s are addictive & she has wondered what she got started!