I have an acquaintance who ridicules the concept of "ergonomics" in a handgun, with a somewhat crude analogy to bra size. While I agree that he may have a point when it comes to using a pistol in a life or death situation, I disagree that the fit and feel of a pistol on your hand should not be a consideration at all. You're looking for your pistol not mine.
Especially, you should have several grains of salt handy when talking to people who say things like
- "Any caliber as long as it starts with a 'four' and ends with a 'five'*".
- Refer to "The Gospel According to JMB (pbuh)*".
- Give advice based on what Kiefer Sutherland, Bruce Willis, or Steven Segal carry in movies.
- Refer to issued guns of any law enforcement agency or military unit, including the Navy SEALS.
- Maybe especially the SEALS.
Caliber or magazine compatibility with your family members or
My three criteria are
- Can you shoot it safely?
- Can you shoot it comfortably?
- Can you shoot it well?
- Can you carry it well?
Not that there's anything wrong with walking into a gun store or show, seeing a gun, and deciding that"I want that!", based on purely visceral/emotional factors. I'd be lying if I said that neither Mrs. Drang nor I have ever purchased a gun based on "DO WANT!" So far, we've always had the discretionary funds to do so, not to mention spousal buy-in, so to speak.
****Yes, I know, guilty as charged. If I make the caliber joke, it's a joke, and I say so immediately. As for the firearms artistic genius of John Moses Browning, well, he was the greatest firearms inventor of all time. But that doesn't mean that the 1911, or any of his other pistol designs, are right for you.