Originally Posted by stiles88
I'm interested in getting a pistol. I've only fired shotguns and a .22 and that was years ago. It looks like it is pretty easy to get a CPL and I meet all the requirements for that. Where can I go to learn about what kind of pistol would be a good starter weapon for me to learn on?
Honestly, I think the revolver in .357 is the best starter gun.
Simple in design. And easier to use in practice. The long double action trigger pull is harder to master. But like learning to drive a manual versus an auto, once you learn the harder route, all things are easier. If you get a misfire, just pull the trigger again and go to the next round in the cylinder.
First time to the range, I usually show people the ropes with the revolver with light .38 special rounds. If you can find them .38 target wadcutters are great. In a heavy frame .357, the wadcutter rounds hardly kick more than a .22.
For new shooters, I like to load 5 rounds mixing in light .38 special rounds and full .357 magnum, once they've had a chance to fire a few dozen light loads. Then watch their sight picture when they drop the hammer on an empty chamber.