welcome to the forum from southern oregon
I am brand new to this forum (I'm about 45 minutes old) and I am new to handgunning. I am an avid hunter and have shot plenty of shotguns. Going into a new year I wanted to try a new hobby which is shooting handguns. I have shot .22s on up to .357s in the past, but I am very inexperienced. I want to purchase a pistol of my own and I am looking for advice. I plan on purchasing a revolver first and down the road when I'm more comfortable and have some more experience I want to purchase a semi-auto. I do want to say price in an issue so I want to get the best bang for my buck..pun intended. I am not a big guy; I'm 5'5" and weigh 165 (I have a athletic build and strong upper body) and I have small hands. I want a revolver I can handle very easy with small hands and I want a weapon I can use for conceal carry as well as I plan on taking the course within the next month (I do live in Illinois which does not have the conceal carry law, but I do travel). Here is my thinking and correct me if I'm wrong: For the reasons I mention previously I'm thinking a Taurus 605 .357 revolver. It's a small frame gun for my small frame hands, it seems to be a quality yet very affordable gun. I can shoot .357 shells along with .38 caliber as well. My plan is to gain experience shooting .38s and it's cheaper to shoot these shells but yet still have the capability for larger ammo as needed and as I get more comfortable with the gun. What are your suggestions?
Welcome to the forum and you have a good question. I'd look into a Smith and Wesson or a Ruger for a revolver other than a Taurus. Both are tried and true with great reputations and are much better quality than the Taurus. Before you buy any revolver try to find a shop that rents them so you can actually shoot several of them and find the one you want. Small handguns, especially with the .357 are quite a handful (pun intended) to shoot and you just may find out you don't want one. But try several before you make your decision.
A 38 cal is a good revolver starting place.
After reading your advice I did a little research. I am thinking a .38 would be a better gun for me and less bulky as well. I checked out the Smith and Wesson model 637 .38 and it is in my price range; anyone have experience with these or heard good things about them?
Hi and Welcome from snowy AZ....as others have said go with S&W they are awesome revolvers with a lifetime warranty and great customer service...JJ
Welcome, the S&W model 60 or a Ruger SP-101 should make you a very happy shooter. Get one with adjustable sights. You can shoot 38's in it if the 357's are too much. Go to a range and rent one if you can.