All you should know about training pistols

All you should know about training pistols

Choosing training pistols online is a very personal choice that only you can make. It should be based on a short list of things:

  • What are you going to do with your pistol?
  • How many times have you done this before?
  • What pistol do you like best?

What are you going to do with your pistol?

If you are thinking about buying a pistol, you probably already know the answer to this first question. Typical reasons include shooting events, recreation, range membership, work-related reasons like security, hunting, competition, home or personal defense, or a mix of these. For the purposes of this article, we’ll talk about choosing a handgun, but most of the same rules apply if you want to buy a rifle or shotgun. The other assumption is that if you are reading this, you or someone you know is a beginner who is thinking about buying their first pistol.   

How many times have you done this before?                                                         

When choosing a first pistol, your level of experience is also very important. It’s possible that this is the pistol you’ll use to learn how to shoot. It has to be easy. It should be easy to use and pretty comfortable. Hand pistols with larger calibers, or those used for personal defense or law enforcement, are often more difficult to control and have more recoil. Also, if the decocking and safety mechanisms are hard to understand, it will take longer to learn how to use the pistol. Note: Both revolver and semi-automatic (pistol) actions have worked well for beginners.

What pistol do you like best?

This can only be figured out in one way. You might have to shoot a lot of pistols. And taking lessons where you can try out different pistols at each lesson is the best way to do this. But first, you need to learn how to shoot so you can compare different pistols.

After getting some training and practicing with a pistol until you feel comfortable with it, you will be able to compare different training pistols online and decide which one you like best. Some pistols will feel better in your hand and fit you better than others. You’ll find that you like the look of some places more than others. Different training pistols online have different weights, balances, and grip shapes, and you will find that some are easier to shoot accurately than others.

When you decide to buy a pistol, keep in mind that pistol dealers across the country compete with each other through Internet sales to offer the same quality pistols you can get locally, but for much less money and often no sales tax. Obviously, if you buy a pistol locally, you don’t need to buy one of those useless warranties from a sporting goods store. Almost all brand-name pistol manufacturers give the buyer a lifetime warranty. By law, you can send your pistol back to the manufacturer for warranty work, and they can ship it back to you without any help from an FFL dealer.

 Tips to remember while buying a training pistol:

If you want to buy a pistol, you might not know which one is best for you yet. Check out our tips on how to choose the best pistol for your needs.

Evaluate Size:

Early on in your search, you should think about how big the pistol is. The size you choose should depend a lot on what you want to use the pistol for. If you just want to start shooting as a hobby, a bigger pistol with more weight and less recoil will be better for you. On the other hand, for concealed carry, a subcompact pistol is likely to be the best choice. When choosing the size of your pistol, you should also think about how big the grip is. Many people who are just starting to shoot choose the smallest pistol they can find, only to find that they can barely handle the recoil or get their hands around it.

Consider Your Previous Experience:

When choosing training pistols online, size isn’t the only thing you should think about. Let’s say you want to get your CCW permit but have never fired a pistol before. You might be drawn to a subcompact pistol because it is small and easy to carry. In this case, though, it might be better to start with a full-size or compact pistol to learn the basics of shooting before moving on to the smaller one.

You can try before you buy:

You might think you know a lot about the pistol you want to buy, and you might have made the right decision. But we really think you should try it out before buying it to make sure it’s the right pistol for you. Each pistol feels different in your hand, and little things like how the trigger feels can make a big difference in how well and comfortably you can shoot.


If you can rent pistols or borrow them from friends, you should definitely do so. Some training pistols online may take you by surprise and be just what you need. It’s always happening!


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