1st Gun to buy: The 1911 (Full Size or Commander). I personally don’t care if it’s in 9mm, 45ACP, 10mm, whatever. The 1911 is going to likely be a great ergonomic fit in the hands for just about anyone who picks one up. Having this as a first gun is going to give you a weapon that has proven itself for over 100 years, has a great single action trigger, and it teaches you how to learn the basics of simple gun care. People usually run their 1911’s in my experience fairly wet, so you have to keep up on the maintenance to make them run. Great for someone who wants to learn the basics as they set aside some cash to get their next gun. On a plus side, the average person can conceal a commander size 1911, so you could hit 2 birds with one stone with this choice.
2nd Gun to buy: An AR-15 (DI, Gas Piston, Budget AR, Expensive AR - whatever). I tossed back and forth between getting a shotgun, another handgun, or an AR, and I decided to suggest the AR. Now that you have some fundamentals down with practicing with your 1911, you can start practicing shooting long distances in multiple positions and learn how to operate one of the most popular weapon platforms in the US and other countries in the world.
3rd Gun to buy: Striker fired handgun (HK VP series, Smith and Wesson M&P’s, Sig Sauer P320, Glock - whatever you want). Double Action/Single Action guns are awesome, and I love shooting a Beretta 92 any day of the week. But the world of the double/single action guns are IMO on the decline. Get a platform of a second pistol that features a bigger magazine capacity than your 1911 with the ability of potentially carrying easier than your 1911 (depending on what you decide to get and what you can carry). I say the gloves are off on this pic and it’s the shooters call - get a full size, compact, or subcompact striker fired handgun here - whatever you feel will work best with the skill set you’ve set practicing shooting between your 1st and 2nd purchases.
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