Hey guys! Quite new to guns and especially new to the site! I plan on making handguns a new hobby of mine...so i plan on learning alot from you guys and gals! I got my popcorn ready if y'all have the reading material!
P.S. what would be a good handgun to start off with?! my brother has a .45 but i plan on carrying a .40?! any particular name brands?! or guns that feel good?!
Of course read the sticky's that are listed. There are hundreds of years of combined experiece in them.
My personal thoughts are these. #1 Take the N.R.A. Saftey course. You'll become better aquainted with the general types of manual of arms. (triggers, saftey, etc.) It is generally taught in small groups, so you'll be able to ask questios. It's about 4 hours of classroom, plus some range time. Your local range will most likely know a N.R.A. certfied instructor. #2 Then, go to your local gun shop / range and rent different models to get a more personal feel of some guns. Plan on several trips. Ensure to tell the Range Safety officer (R.O.) that you are a novice, and ask him to keep an eye on you.
Don't be in a hurry to purchase a gun. There are a lot of good models out there, but you have to decide which best suits your needs.
Read, read, read. Visit every forum, even the ones you don't think apply to you like specific brand forums. There's lot's of information everywhere here. Post any questions you have as there are no limits beyond the forum guidelines. Pay attention, there's alot of experience here. You'll learn how to shoot safely, you'll find your first gun, and you're off to the races. Welcome from NC.