How did you start buying guns? As for me, I just read a little in gun magazines and went to the store. I bought my first handgun, a S&W 586, because I thought it would be a good place to start and felt good in my hands. Since then I have gained some expirience and know more about what I am looking at. But what a way to start. Buying your first handgun is sort of a crap shoot unless you have been able to try different guns. How many new shooters have you taken out for the first time to introduce them to shooting and to let them finger print some different types of handguns.
I have had quite a few people out here to the house to try some different stuff. Almost all of them have been new to shooting and were looking for something for self defense. The only problem was that they didn't really even know if a revolver or auto was for them. I took a picture of my kitchen counter the last time. I left out all of the smaller guns and all of the big guns. I concentrated on 45s, 10mm, 9mm, 357s, and 38s. Unfortunately my picture cuts off a 45 on the left and all of the 38s on the right. It still gives the general idea. I hope by doing this I am able to get these new shooters (and new friends) off to a good start.