posted on Jun, 6 2018 @ 05:49 AM
Human beings have strange ideas about guns. Many see them as accessories like jewelry, or wall ornaments, bragging devices, and so on. Many are brand
aficionados and loyalists, or fans of a particular frame or caliber. Salesmen are often self interested like car salesmen and want to meet a quota or
obtain brand swag.
What you want your gun for determines what gun you should buy. On a budget where the glock is considered expensive, it being among the cheaper new
handgun brands, as opposed to a Sig Sauer, HK, Kimber, Wilson Combat, most things from FNH or a Colt Commander, you should consider whether you want a
rifle, shotgun, or handgun.
The reason is used rifles and shotguns provide a higher quality and stopping power relative to a 200-500 dollar budget. If your heart is still set on
a handgun, you want to get something used to cut costs. Used firearms typically have identical functionality to new firearms, with some extra
scratches unless used by competition or target shooters, who wear out the barrels.
Now to be blunt in how to pick your first handgun:
if you are fat, you can fire a weapon with a higher recoil.
If you have big hands, you can fire larger grip polymer pistols more easily.
if you buy a striker fire pistol with no hammer, you are more likely to hurt yourself. A beaver tail is designed to protect your hand.
if you are not very strong compared with small women or waifish vegetarians, you may find racking the slide and returning extremely difficult and
frustrating, particularly if the release levers are small.
Men with bear paw sized hands tend to handle brick shaped handguns with double stacks and large calibers like the .451ACP and .50 GI more easily.
Compact pistols particularly from companies like Ruger can be so small that they fit perfectly into the hands of males 5'3 to 5'8 and become
troublesome for larger men.
Beretta/CZ variants typically have a notch that brings a smaller hand closer to the trigger. Checkering on the grip of whatever you use is extremely
important. If you have extremely strong wrists, polymer pistols with lighter frames, or in general, lighter frame pistols and snub nose, short barrel
pistols will be comfortable. However, if your wrist is not very strong, you will find a steel frame, forged, etc., and 1911 style frames more
comfortable once the bullet fires.
A .380 ACP while having considerably less powder and penetration than a 9mm, is nearly as lethal against humans, since it still manages to penetrate
to the internal organs, break bones, and so on, but against considerably larger targets, and tougher opponents with poorly angled shots, the lower
hydrostatic shock and reduced penetration will become an issue.
45 ACP rounds are heavier, and require a wider grip for a double stack, or a single stack, depending on your grip size.
9mm rounds are faster, lighter, and have higher capacity, more hydrostatic shock and less penetration. The higher the velocity of a round, the more a
liquid target slows it down as it travels. The heavier a round, measured in grains, such as 95, 155, and 230 grains, (7000 grains = 1 pound) the more
momentum it has despite velocity, and it will have two desirable characteristics: 1 deeper penetration and 2. more material to expand
The more a bullet expands, the less penetration you get. Most bullets penetrate more than the 12" suggested by the FBI, although with extremely cheap
pistols in more rare calibers this isn't always true. The Makarov for example is more like a .380 ACP than a 9mm.
9mm is really just a .357 bullet going slower than a .357 SIG or .357 Magnum, but faster than a "380" ACP which is also a .357 bullet.
44 magnum isn't a .44 caliber. its a .429 caliber.
Cal AKA Frequency
.172 4.5mm/4.4mm/.17HMR few
.204 5.2/.204 Ruger/.20 few
.222 .22LR/22CB/22 Short/5.45mm some
.223 .220 Russian unique
.224 5.7mm/.22/.223/WMR/.218 many
.243 6mm/6mm BR/.243 few
.251 25 ACP unique
.257 .257 Weatherby/25-06 few
.264 6.5mm /.260 few
.277 6.8mm/.270 few
.284 7mm/.280 some
.308 7.62mm/.30 cal many
.311 35 S&W Auto/32 ACP few
.312 .303 Enfield/AK/Dragunov some
.338 8.5mm/8.58/Lapua some
.358 9.1mm/.35 Remington unique
.370 9.3mm/Mauser unique
.375 9.5mm few
.400 10mm auto/.40 S&W
.416 10.57mm some
.458 11.6mm/.460/45-70/.450 some
.470 Mbogo unique
.505 12.8mm/Gibbs unique
.510 .50 BMG/.510 DTC some
.585 14.9mm/.577 T-Rex/14.5/Nyati some
.620 600 Nitro Express/Overkill few
brands you may not have heard about but are quite functional little gems include the Jericho, .41 Magnum, .22 TCM, 9mm Dillon, and 7.62 Tokarev. Some
of these oddball pistols are sold at gun shows and army surplus shops for considerably less than popular brand pistols, particularly the Tokarev.
The PMR 30 is a high capacity .22 Magnum polymer pistol that for very little money provides 30 rounds of light recoil ammunition, though some say it
jams. Conversely, the Model 10 police 38 special is extremely reliable, user friendly, and cheap. 38 special is the same as a .357 bullet which is the
same as a 9mm bullet, but a milder powder, and without the added speed, the hydrostatic shock is lower, so the pain experienced by the target is
lower, and they are less likely to fall over. What actually kills people is bleeding out, and that's caused by large deep holes with more lacerations,
which is not necessarily what a higher speed bullet will do. A very high speed bullet can cause organs to sheer and tear along the seems of other
organs, and cause flesh to liquefy, particularly rifle rounds, and particularly if the bullet hits near the lungs. These debates are why the .357
magnum replaced the .38 special, and why the 10mm auto replaced the 9mm.
Eventually the recoil was too much for most people and the magnum was scaled down to the .357 sig and the 10mm auto scaled back to the .40 S&W.
The shorter your barrel, the louder, weaker, slower, and more recoil your handgun will have. But it will also be heavier, harder to conceal, and take
longer to pull out and aim, in terms of fractions of seconds. If you were ever wondering, Bob Munden was the fastest shooter on record, and everyone
else is lying.
For your price range, id recommend a Colt .45 or a 7.62 Tokarev, if your goal is an affordable functional device with solid ballistics and friendly to
to most shooters. However, you might trying a Browning High Power or one of the entry level brands like Chiappa, Century's M88, Hi Point, and keltec.
a Rock island armory 1911 is probably the best bang for your buck, they are a Philippine company that invented the .22 TCM and they love their
customers and their guns. Some would place their metallurgy at or above Taurus, the brazilian company.