For people wanting to know what handgun they should get...It depends. If one has no experience with firearms, they should consider a revolver to start with because of safety and ease of use i.e. no safety, no slide release, no mag release, no de-cocker etc... There are however some autos that are double action only, in other words they have a long trigger pull like a revolver even after the first round is fired. Most autos have a hair trigger after the first round is fired because they are then cocked. Things like trigger pull, grip and sights can be adjusted and personalized so don't rule out a firearm just over that. Anyway, I'm just saying that a Glock or something similar may be a bit advanced for the newbie. Then again, if you have time, money and access to good training you could just start with an auto. My wife's first pistol was a .38 snub nose revolver, but she is now ready for that 9mm auto. Which leaves us (me) with a nice little boot gun (back-up). As far as calibers, if you can't consistently hit a target with a big .45 because of the size or recoil then you better hope the noise will scare them off and that you don't hit someone else! P.S. extra mags, extra mags, extra mags! Speaking of mags. The spring in mags will "set" and weaken if stored at full capacity for extended periods of time. Rotate loaded mags once in a while, leaving one empty. You can also leave a round or two out so the spring will have less tension and so less likely to "set". Most weapon jams (especially in m-16 & AR type guns) are a result of damaged or dirty magazines and weak springs. Take care of them! There are some quality AR type mags out there such as Brownell's and Mag-pull. Don't spare that expense! Charles/ Federal LEO
I mostly recommend Glock as well to new shooters because I’ve seen it’s the one people that have never fired a firearm before perform the best with in terms of accuracy.
Now for someone that isn’t going to do the minimum required training to be proficient with an auto pistol( that involves at least one defensive pistol class and around 500-1000 rounds fired) I’d recommend a revolver as well.
If we’re talking about average sized homes, specially town houses and apartments, and the gun being most likely used indoors for last resort self defense by someone with no firearm training
Glock 19 pic by Kattanapilot
(other than the minimum safety basics) I’d recommend a hammerless 2” barrel snubby revolver. Something that can be kept loaded and instinctively used when fine motor skills fail.
Preferably, the person would take some
defensive training and would know how to handle an auto well under pressure, taking advantage of more ammo capacity.