My local gun store and range has quite a number of firearms available, with the "rental" fee being just buying a box of ammo in each caliber you want to try.
There is no substitute for actually firing the pistols you are interested in before purchase, and many ranges have rental guns, so I would at least check to see what feels good in the hand, then try to shoot something at least similar from that manufacturer on the range, before making a purchase decision.
Anything but a sub compact..... the recoil on it turns beginners off from the git go. After very comfortable with large or compact, then try the smaller frames.
I get my Syntech from a company called Sgammo (sgammo.com). Good prices and extremely fast shipping. They are located in Stillwater, OK.Good price for an entry level pistol. I’m interested in trying Syntech ammunition, unfortunately the local gun store around me don’t seem to have it. I’ll probably have to try online.
I get my Syntech from a company called Sgammo (sgammo.com). Good prices and extremely fast shipping. They are located in Stillwater, OK.
Syntech will help with Copper Fouling, keep the Barrel cooler and reduce wear, that makes it a great choice for lots of shooting!!I shot a few boxes of Syntech, but really couldn't tell much difference in how clean the gun was as compared to FMJ ammo. Since the Syntech was more expensive, I switched back.
I think recoil is strictly a perception, and if a shooter starts out with a subcompact they'll simply get used to it and learn to work with it. Granted, I also work in the music business, but to me, the recoil of my XDs when I'm running mags is simply a matter of timing. Pull. Recoil. Recover. Pull. Recoil. Recover. Muscle memory will learn how long it takes to recoil/recover.
I think GRIP is one of the most important comfort-level features. I have big hands - my Colt .38 has a grip expander and custom ivory grips, and it still feels small to me. My XDs has standard grips (an original XDs, not a Mod) with the ice cube tray pattern, and the #2 (larger) backstrap, it is rock solid in my hands, sweaty or no. It does not rotate side to side; it does not climb or drop; I do not have to strangle it in order to keep it under control. It can jump...and it always returns to target without any compensation on my part. And with knowing the timing...I always know WHEN it'll be on target so I can squeeze off the next round, and put it where it belongs, the instant the gun is back on target.
Now that I'm used to my XDs, I can't shoot that revolver worth a ****. I'd practice more with it, but since it's a family heirloom from 1952...I'm not too concerned with keeping myself proficient with it. It's a functional showpiece that can serve a purpose if needed, but it's more important to me as a remembrance of my father (Cdr. USN-ret), the sacrifices he made, and the values he instilled in me as I grew up. I hold it, and for a flash moment...he's back here with me, and his teachings come flooding back in a wave.