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How To Choose Your First Handgun

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

A handgun is the first firearm that many people purchase as it serves as a great self-defense gun and can be concealed for easy carry. With so many different options on the market, it can be a little intimidating to where to start. We here at Republic Gun Club, Waco’s best gun store and indoor gun range, believe that education is the best tool to purchase a firearm. Let's look at a few tips on how to select your first handgun.

How To Choose Your First Handgun

Find What Fits

To use a handgun safely and effectively, it must fit your hands comfortably. This is where it is crucial to come into your local gun store and hold a few different guns to see how comfortable they are in your hand. You can even try out a few guns at Republic Gun Club with our gun rental program. This allows you to put a few rounds through one of our rental guns in our indoor range to see if it is a good fit for you.

External Safety

Safety is always a top priority when it comes to firearms. External safeties make it very easily put your gun on safety. However, some guns are made with no external safety and are sometimes better in self-defense situations as you might forget to take the safety off in the heat of the moment. Decide whether or not you want a gun with an external safety to help narrow down your choices.


Depending on how you will be using your gun, the type of sights you have will need to be considered. For most, night sights and high sights are great options as they provide great visibility in low light situations.


For beginners, a 9mm caliber will be a great choice as they provide a mild recoil compared to larger calibers and are cheaper/easier to find. A 9mm handgun is usually smaller, making it very easy to handle and more accurate in shooting due to lower recoil.

Ready To Purchase Your First Handgun? Republic Gun Club Can Help

If you are ready to purchase your first handgun, Republic Gun Club is your one-stop shop for all things firearms in Central Texas. With a large retail shop, indoor shooting range, and an on-staff gunsmith, you will get everything you need for your firearms, all in one place. Stop by today or fill out our contact us form to get more information.


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