9 thoughts on “Picking a gun for a new shooter”

  1. I went with the Saiga 410 with hi-caps and a red dot.

    Fun for a 1st timer, get the hook set in so they come back for more.

  2. What is it with experienced shooters pushing newbies into revolvers? Yes, I understand the “Oh how easy it is to only load one round, or give them a single action for everyone’s safety” crap.
    Did you ever consider that a revolver is no fun to fire for someone who who hasn’t pulled a trigger a thousand times? That a 10lb or higher trigger pull is not the way to get people to think “this is fun”?

  3. While I’d normally agree in the case of the double action revolver, Mike is actually recommending that a shooter use a single action revo, which has a much nicer trigger pull. The Ruger Single Six in .22 is about as close to the “perfect” newbie gun as you can get.

      1. Obviously it’s a flyweight .38 Special revolver, that’s what the internets told me.

        The more I do this, the more I realize that gender really doesn’t have anything to with what your first training gun should be. Gender does influence issues like holster selection, but I’ve yet to see a compelling argument made that a .22 LR pistol is a bad idea for a new shooter, man or woman.

    1. A single action revolver?! I thought the idea was to remove complexity? Now, in addition to an abusive trigger pull, you want to add cocking the hammer? That is another “less than fun” activity for an inexperienced shooter. How much handstrength (and calluses) does that require?

      1. Actually, pulling the hammer back on a single action revolver is pretty easy, at least the .22 versions. Mike’s talking about a Ruger Single Six, which also generally has a nice trigger on it. He also recommends a .22 semi-auto, which would be my first choice for anyone.

  4. I have to agree with Bob. Revolvers belong in movies and another century.

    Plus, there is a lot more to comfort than just how the gun feels. It’s more about being able to easily manipulate all the controls easily, a natural aim and being able to fire the weapon without losing control of it or being hurt by it.

    The three most likely things to scare off a new shooter are inability to control recoil, getting hurt by the weapon, and not being able to put bullets on target. Fear, pain and frustration.

    Up until several months ago, I had never shot a revolver before. I put a box of 38 special through 3 different ones and those will be the last 3 revolvers I will ever shoot again. A very unpleasant experience.

  5. “I have to agree with Bob. Revolvers belong in movies and another century.”

    “Now, I know what you’re thinking. ‘Did he fire six shots or only five?’ To tell you the truth, I forgot myself in all this excitement. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you have to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky?…Well? Do ya, punk?”

    ;0)

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