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Best Handguns for Women in 2023: A Comprehensive Review

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There will be no prejudiced “lightweight pistols for smaller hands” stuff in this article. And definitely no picks reasoned by how the pistol looks (although some of them look pretty sleek). If we are to find some of the best handguns for women, we need to take a closer look at how the guns perform. Whereas women are perfectly capable of shooting all firearms, the statistic has it that some models enjoy greater popularity. Many of them are indeed more compact than an average gun, but I’d bet it on them being self-defense oriented. But let’s cut to the chase. Here are our picks of the best handguns for women in 2023.

Table of Contents

Best Overall – Sig Sauer P365 XL
Best Glock – Glock 43X
Best Optics Ready – Shadow Systems MR920
Best Full-Size – Colt 1911
Best Micro-Compact – Springfield Armory Hellcat
Choosing Guide
Conclusion
FAQs

Best Overall – Sig Sauer P365 XL

Navigating through the myriad of handguns can feel like a balancing act. Some pistols might be impressively compact, but they pack a punch that their larger counterparts couldn’t dream of. Others may offer the gentlest recoil, but they’re far from ideal for concealed carry. Enter the Sig Sauer P365 XL, a harmonious blend of contrasting demands. It’s an upgraded iteration of the renowned SIG P35 and is an absolute joy to shoot.

The Sig Sauer P365 XL comes with a 3.7-inch barrel length. That provides a perfect equilibrium between precision and concealability. Typically, a longer barrel brings more accuracy but can be challenging to conceal. The P365 XL masterfully strikes this balance, making it a prime choice for both hidden carry and home defense.

With its striker-fired operation, the P365 XL streamlines the need for a hammer. That results in a sleeker design and reduces the risk of snagging on clothing when drawing – an undeniable advantage for concealed carry. The XSeries trigger is straight and sharp, offering a satisfying pull every time.

When it comes to weight, the Sig Sauer P365 XL tips the scales at roughly 20.7 ounces (when the magazine is empty). That makes it light enough for easy carry, even over prolonged periods. Simultaneously, it’s heavy enough to effectively absorb recoil, boosting comfort and control when shooting.

Sig Sauer endowed the P365 XL with a standard 10 rounds round capacity. While this may not be exceptional, it’s ample for most shooting applications. This capacity also makes the pistol compliant with California regulations. If desired, you can swap out the magazine for one with a higher capacity.

One of the most noteworthy features of the P365 XL is its ergonomics. Its slim profile and grip design contribute to an enhanced hold and control experience. The grip is also well-textured, so keeping a firm grasp won’t be an issue.

Finally, the P365 XL is optics-ready. As ready as one can be, for it comes pre-fitted with a RomeoZero Rear Sight. However, if you prefer a different sight or fancy trying it without one, the rear sight plate is removable. In essence, the P365 XL is as adaptable as they come. A great handgun for women, to cut it short.

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Best Glock – Glock 43X

Rare is a top pistol list that can do without mentioning a Glock. And the reasons for it are apparent – it’s a household name in the world of handguns. It’s also undoubtedly one of the most popular handguns in the U.S. (if not the most). However, there are dozens of Glock models to choose from, yet we need to pick one. The winner of the day is Glock 43X, and here’s why.

Distinctive in its design, the Glock 43X boasts a slim frame that measures just 1.10 inches in width. This slender build is optimal for concealed carry while also offering a comfortable grip.

The compactness of the Glock 43X is further enhanced by its barrel length of 3.41 inches. This shorter barrel contributes to its concealability while simultaneously maintaining a commendable level of accuracy at self-defense ranges.

Weighing approximately 16.4 ounces when empty, the Glock 43X is the lightest pistol on the list. Suitable for all-day carry without imposing undue strain on the user, the pistol maintains sufficient heft for effective recoil management.

As a striker-fired pistol, the Glock 43X provides a consistent and lighter trigger pull compared to its hammer-fired counterparts, at approximately 5.3 pounds. This trigger system is standard among newer generations of Glocks.

In terms of ammunition capacity, the Glock 43X comes with a standard 10-round magazine. However, the availability of aftermarket options such as the Shield Arms magazine allows for expansion to 15 rounds. Mind that the pistol is not compatible with double-stack Glock mags.

To add a fly in the ointment, the pistol features no rail. It’s not necessarily a problem, since few concealed carry pistols are equipped with red dots, but to have one than not.

Long story short, Glock 43X is a great concealed carry pistol for women. It enjoys the customizability inherent to all Glock pistols that became classics in their own right, so you can’t go wrong with them.

Shadow Systems MR920

Best Optics Ready – Shadow Systems MR920

Not everyone is a fan of firearm customization. Sometimes, you just want a firearm that needs no further enhancements or modifications. A pistol that’s good to go the moment you unpack it. That is exactly what Shadow Systems offers – pistols packed with features other manufacturers would have you install yourself. Of those, the MR920 is a very worthy representative.

The pistol sports a 4.5″ threaded spiral fluted barrel, one of the hallmarks of the Shadow Systems pistol series.

The high-quality trigger system delivers consistency and lighter pull compared to many other models. This consistency can help improve accuracy, especially for less experienced shooters. In terms of weight, the MR920 is another comfortable all-day-carry pistol. It weighs an ounce more than the P365 XL, but this difference is hardly perceivable.

The MR920 comes with a higher magazine capacity of 15 rounds, which is quite a lot when you think of it. The pistol is also compatible with existing G19 magazines. If you have one lying around, you can keep it busy.

But what truly sets the MR920 apart is its optics-ready design. This feature allows you to easily attach a variety of optical sights to the pistol. There are serrations both at the rear and the front, so retrieving a gun will be a piece of cake. The tritium front sights do make the whole picture even more appealing, though.

Long story short, the Shadow Systems MR920 stands out as an excellent optics-ready pistol pick for women. It’s packed with features, it’s relatively light, has an extended beavertail and is a delight for a trigger.

Colt 1911

Best Full-Size – Colt 1911

The Colt 1911, with its legacy dating back to the early 20th century, is a classic that has stood the test of time. It’s nowhere near being compact or concealable, you don’t need necessarily need your pistols to be this way. And Colt 1911, in turn, can grant you the benefits more compact pistols can’t.

The Colt 1911 has a notable reputation for reliability. Its design and build quality ensure that it functions consistently, even under heavy use – an essential feature for any firearm. The 1911’s single-action trigger provides a clean, crisp break. Its intuitive design also makes it easy to operate, even for those new to firearms.

Thanks to its full-size frame, the Colt 1911 is known for very manageable recoil. That is due in part to its weight, which helps absorb some of the recoil energy, and also its low bore axis, which reduces muzzle flip. The recoil could have been even less manifested, but Colt 1911 is chambered in .45 ACP, which innately produces more torque than a 9mm round.

Keep in mind that this pistol won’t go easy on your strength. It weighs 39 ounces which is twice as much as all the pistols we’ve covered, more or less. But weight shouldn’t be an obstacle on your way to using a gun if you set your mind to it.

The Colt 1911 also has an extended beavertail, a feature not found in pistols of similar design. This structure helps shield the web of the shooter’s hand from the recoil and potential slide bite. It also provides a comfortable grip that allows for easy and quick handling when shooting. If it doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can always replace it.

The good-old Colt isn’t an easily concealed gun. But it doesn’t try to be one. Its strength lies in a different place. If you are looking for a home-defense pistol for women, rest assured Colt 1911 will serve you well.

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Best Micro-Compact – Springfield Armory Hellcat

In some ways, the Springfield Armory Hellcat is the opposite of the Colt 1911. This kitty is the smallest, highest-capacity micro-compact pistol in the world (one of them for sure). If you prioritize both convenience and performance, we do recommend giving this pistol a chance.

Despite the gun’s small size, the recoil is manageable, even if snappy. However, for a pistol of this size and configuration that’s still an achievement.

Another standout feature of the Hellcat, as we’ve already mentioned, is its high capacity. Despite its micro-compact size, it boasts an 11-round flush-fitting magazine, offering more rounds than many other guns in its class.

The Springfield Armory Hellcat is optics-compatible right off the bat. It comes with tritium front and tactical rack U-Notch rear sights. The Hellcat is also offered in an OSP (Optical Sight Pistol) configuration that allows the direct mounting of a red dot optic for a low-profile, co-witnessed setup.

The Hellcat is the epitome of compactness, but size isn’t the only feature this Springfielder can boast. The slide sports serrations allow for more comfortable racking, the mag release button is reversible, and the single-action trigger is crisp.

Springfield Armory made a one-of-a-kind firearm that’s too good to skip. Its high capacity paired with ultimately compact, optic-ready design and reliable performance makes it an excellent choice for any women shooter.

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Choosing Guide

Caliber

As you can see, none of the pistols featured in this article are chambered in .22 LR. There is a reason for that. Even though it is a go-to caliber for beginners and plinking, it is inferior to other calibers when it comes to self-defense or competitive shooting. There is no reason why you can’t start training with a 9mm if that’s the caliber you plan to shoot further on. 

Smaller calibers, like .22LR or .380 ACP, have less recoil and are easier to manage but may not offer the stopping power of larger calibers like 9mm or .45 ACP. Your reasoning should be determined by the purpose of your gun. The list above covers pistols for self- and home defense and training, maybe competitive shooting can be added to the lot. If the caliber’s topic piqued your interest, we have an article The Comparison of 22 LR and 9mm for Concealed Carry.

Grip Comfort

Comfort is key when it comes to grip. You want a handgun that feels like an extension of your arm, not a foreign object. Settling for a firearm that doesn’t feel natural in your hand might be fraught with complications later on. If a handgun is too big, you’ll need to constantly adjust your hands in order to find a comfortable position. Too small – and it would be uncomfortable. You need to aim for the middle ground. Also, extended beavertail is a nice addition that will save your hands from a slide bite. 

Trigger Reach

Trigger reach refers to the distance from the back of the grip to the trigger. The rules here are the same as with grips. If you can only reach the trigger with your fingernail, then the pistol is too big. With the middle part of your finger – too small. You need neither of those. You need the center pad of the finger to be on the trigger.

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Controls (safety, mag release, decocker)

The location and operation of the firearm’s controls are another important consideration. You should be able to easily reach and operate the safety, magazine release, and decocker (if present) without adjusting your grip. Some firearms offer ambidextrous controls, which is a must if you are a left-hander.

Safety Features

All the pistols featured in this article have safety features, even if those were not mentioned. Those are internal safety mechanisms, which don’t require you to adjust anything or turn them on.  

Conclusion

No matter which firearm you choose, it’s important to be comfortable with the gun before buying it. How can you do that in an online store you may ask? You can’t, not in the traditional way. But you can head off to your nearest shooting range and try some of them out. It won’t take long for you to get an idea of what works for you and what doesn’t. Spend some time getting familiar with the controls and features of a firearm similar to the one you’ve chosen. With the right knowledge and training, you’ll be ready to hit the range in no time. 

FAQs

What is the best self-defense handgun for women?

We chose the SIG Sauer P364 XL as the best handgun for women for a variety of reasons. It boasts an optimal combination of size, grip form and texture, general comfort, safety features and it is chambered in a very versatile caliber, 9mm.

Which handguns are popular among women for concealed carry in 2023?

The majority of pistol models we’ve covered will make a great fit for concealed carry. Primarily, those are Springfield Armory Hellcat, Glock 43X, Sig Sauer P365 XL and Shadow Systems MR920.

Are smaller handguns more suitable for women?

Whereas smaller handguns are indeed lighter and more comfortable to conceal, their compactness doesn’t necessarily mean they will be comfortable to shoot. As a rule, such pistols suffer from more notable muzzle rise and recoil, which hardly contributes to such pistols being the best of options.

Source link: https://blog.gritrsports.com/best-handguns-for-women-in-2023-a-comprehensive-review/ by Timothy Chandler at blog.gritrsports.com

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The Evolution of the Beretta 9mm Pistols: 92, APX, PX4

Modern Variants of the 92FS and M9

Since the 92FS was introduced, Beretta has rolled out tons of different models. Some were specifically made for law enforcement, like the 92G for the French police, which skips the manual safety and uses a decocker lever instead. Even though the original 92G was discontinued, its slide design lives on in models like the M9A4.

Then there’s the 92D, a model that gets rid of both the safety and decocker lever, relying solely on a double-action trigger. In the ’90s, Beretta also introduced the 96 series chambered in .40 S&W to keep up with law enforcement trends.

Brigadier slide

In 1993, the Brigadier-style slide came out with reinforced locking lugs for added durability and a unique “hump” in the slide’s contour. Although the extended lifespan due to this design is up for debate, many users have noted it reduces recoil and muzzle rise. Because of this, the Brigadier slide is popular in 92 variants used in action pistol competitions.

Come early 2000s, Beretta introduced the 92 Vertec. This model was designed for law enforcement and shooters with smaller hands, featuring a slim backstrap and a shorter reach trigger. It also had an accessory rail, beveled magazine well, and interchangeable front sights. Plus, it ditched the traditional barrel protrusion by shortening the barrel to 4.7 inches but kept the slide the same length.

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Beretta 92 Vertec

Many modern 92 series variants blend features from both the Brigadier and Vertec models. Examples include the 92FS Brigadier, 92X, M9A3, and M9A4.

The Beretta 92X, introduced in 2019, standardizes the Vertec platform and adds the “Xtreme-S” trigger system, which cuts trigger reset by 40% and offers adjustability for pre-travel (in SAO models) and overtravel. Other highlights include a 3-slot Picatinny rail, a slimmer vertical grip, removable wrap-around grips to switch between Vertec-style and the classic M9 feel, fully removable high-visibility sights, and a universal slide allowing conversion from decocker-safety to decocker-only mode.

The series also includes the 92X Centurion (18 rd), 92X RDO Compact (15 rd) pistols, 92X Performance Carry Optic featuring an optic cut for USPSA competitors, and the lightweight 92X Performance Defensive for IDPA competitions.

New additions to the 92 family are the 92XI and 92GTS pistols. The 92XI is an SAO pistol with a 1911-style frame-mounted safety and comes in a base model, a Tactical model with a threaded barrel and DLC-coated trigger components, and a flashy Squalo edition. Meanwhile, the 92GTS is DA/SA with a twin sear and a decocker-only configuration.

Now, let’s get back to the M9. Around the mid-2000s, the US military requested some tweaks to the original design. Beretta responded with the M9A1, which borrowed features from the 92G-SD like a railed frame, standard 92 grip contour, beveled mag well, and textured grip while keeping the original M9 slide mostly the same.

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Almost a decade later, Beretta rolled out the M9A3, featuring a replaceable front sight, a railed frame, and a Vertec-style backstrap with an aggressive grip texture. It also includes a wraparound rubber grip to replicate the feel of the standard M9A1 backstrap. The standout feature of the M9A3 is a redesigned slide that allows the gun to switch between FS and G configurations using a conversion kit, something that previously required an expensive and permanent modification by a gunsmith.

The latest iteration, the Beretta M9A4, boasts a red-dot optic compatible slide, dovetailed tritium night sights, an enhanced short-reset Xtreme Trigger System, 18-round sand-resistant magazines, and textured Vertec-style thin grips.

Source link: https://blog.gritrsports.com/beretta-9mm-pistols-92-apx-px4/ by Gritr Sports at blog.gritrsports.com

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Our Top Picks for Home Defense

Buckshot, particularly 00 buck, is widely recommended for its effectiveness in stopping a threat. However, the choice of ammunition can also depend on your living situation. For instance, individuals in apartment buildings or homes with thin walls might consider lighter loads or specific defense rounds designed to reduce the risk of over-penetration.

Source link: https://blog.gritrsports.com/best-home-defense-shotguns/ by Gritr Sports at blog.gritrsports.com

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Beginner’s Arsenal: Best Guns for Novice Shooters

Stepping into the world of firearms is no small decision. You’re not just picking out a tool; you’re selecting a companion for your safety, your sport, and in some cases, your survival. We’re here to break down for you what makes a solid beginner gun as well as recommend the best starter models.Here’s a quick summary:
  • 9mm pistols are the best for EDC, vehicle security, and home protection. The best starter pistols are Glock 17 or Sig P320.
  • An AR-15 rifle chambered for 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem cartridge, like the S&W M&P15 Sport III, is a great option for home protection and target shooting. Rifles are generally easier to shoot accurately and generate less felt recoil.
  • Ruger 10/22 chambered for the .22LR low-power rimfire cartridge is a great way to start your shooting journey if you want a rifle that is soft-kicking and quiet and has more classic ergonomics.
  • Shotguns in the Mossberg 500 or 590 series are great for beginner shotgun hunters or those looking for a home defense gun that doesn’t require good marksmanship.

Ideal Beginner Gun – What Should It Be?

Pistols: If you’ve found yourself here, chances are you’re on the fence about which type of firearm fits your future needs best. Handguns, especially semi-auto pistols, are prime picks for everyday carry and situations requiring agility, like home defense, vehicle defense, and close-quarter battle (CQB). That said, handguns do have their limitations. Their shorter barrels limit the effective range and make accurate aiming a tad more challenging due to the short sight radius. Additionally, handguns designed for more powerful rounds like .45 ACP, .357 Mag, and 10mm can be challenging to manage because of their recoil.

Rifles: Rifles offer a significant step up in power and accuracy, with effective ranges extending to 300-600 yards and beyond, thanks to longer barrels that help with bullet stabilization and building up pressure. They’re generally easier to shoot accurately and manageably. For home defense, rifles with barrels around 16-18 inches are spot on. And if you’re thinking about hunting or precision shooting, you need to go longer.

AR-pistols and short-barreled rifles (SBR) offer a middle ground, mixing the maneuverability of handguns with the power of rifles, though legal hurdles can complicate ownership.

Shotguns: They are kings of versatility, useful in a range of activities from home defense to hunting various types of game. Planning on hunting? Make sure you’ve got your shot pattern right, so you don’t ruin your game. As for home protection and target shooting, accuracy isn’t as critical with shotguns, making them a solid choice for beginners.

Best Guns for Beginner Gun Owners

At this point, you might now have a better grasp of what suits your needs best. Next up, we’re going to provide recommendations for the best starter guns ideal for beginner shooters.

Best Beginner Pistols: Glock 17 or Sig P320

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There’s always a heated debate between two camps over which brand is truly the best. However, it’s clear that both Glock and Sig Sauer produce pistols that are reliable, durable, and highly customizable.

The Glock 17 (or G17) and the Sig Sauer P320 are full-size pistols, each offering significant advantages for beginners. Full-size pistols are easier to control because the mass of the pistol absorbs a good bit of the recoil. They are easier to be accurate with thanks to longer slides, not to mention both models offer 17 rounds of capacity with a standard magazine. A longer barrel means more power and better accuracy over greater distances. Plus, both the G17 and the SIG P320 are chambered in 9mm Luger – the most balanced and versatile cartridge out there.

Curious about choosing the right beginner handgun? Check out our guide on Choosing the Best Defense Handgun for a Beginner. It dives deeper into pistol frame sizes and other essential factors.

Now, comparing the G17 to the P320, you’ll find each has unique advantages and trade-offs. Glocks are the workhorses of the pistol world – rugged, reliable, and with rather simplistic aesthetics, all at an affordable price range. They’re known to handle thousands of rounds without a hiccup and can take a good amount of abuse. Another advantage is the vast aftermarket for parts, upgrades, and customizations. Here’s an example. Glocks are known for their mediocre trigger feel out of the box. So when you get the basics down and figure out what you’d like to improve, there are plenty of aftermarket options available to you.

If the Glock’s aesthetic and ergonomics don’t appeal to you, the Sig P320 might be more to your liking. Right out of the box, it’s a solid full-size pistol with an appealing design and reliable performance. Like the Glock, the P320 boasts strong aftermarket support. Plus, it offers a modular design that lets you easily switch frame sizes to suit your preference.

Both the G17 and P320 are DAO (Double Action Only) pistols, meaning they have internal safeties and no external safeties to fuss with. This design choice means there’s nothing to forget to disengage in a tense moment or slow you down. Still, if you’re set on having a manual safety, Sig Sauer also provides the M17, a military version of the P320 with that feature.

Why We Love the Glock 17:

  • Reliability and Durability: Known for being able to handle thousands of rounds without any issues, making it a reliable choice for both beginners and seasoned shooters.
  • Simplicity and Affordability: With its no-frills design and affordable price range, it’s an accessible firearm for those new to shooting.
  • Customization Options: A vast aftermarket allows for numerous upgrades and customizations, catering to the user’s preferences over time.
  • No External Safety: DAO design with internal safeties simplifies use.

Why We Love the Sig Sauer P320:

  • Modular Design: Allows for easy transition between frame sizes, making it versatile for different hand sizes and shooting preferences.
  • Out-of-the-Box Performance: Delivers reliable performance and an appealing design, providing a solid starting point for any beginner.
  • Aftermarket Support: Like the Glock, enjoys strong aftermarket support for parts and customizations, enhancing its longevity and adaptability.
  • No External Safety: DAO design with internal safeties simplifies use.

Other Options:

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SIG P320 Starter Pack

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SIG SAUER P320

Specifications:

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P320 OWB Holster

Holosun 507K

9mm Cleaning Kit

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Best Beginner AR-15: Smith & Wesson M&P Sport III

When you’re starting out in the gun world, you’re probably looking for something that won’t break the bank but still has all the right stuff to get you going. That’s where the third-gen M&P15 Sport from Smith & Wesson shines. Priced comfortably under $1,000 — actually, you can grab one for around $650 to $700 — it’s a solid pick without feeling like you’re cutting corners.

Sure, there are other rifles like the PSA M4 Carbine from Palmetto State Armory that come in even cheaper, under $500. But the M&P15 Sport III has a couple of tricks up its sleeve. For starters, it’s got a mid-length gas system. This is key for a 16-inch barrel since it not only makes the rifle last longer but also gives you a smoother shooting experience. Plus, the 1:8 twist rate is versatile enough to handle loads as light as 55gr M193 bullets and as heavy as 90gr, making it great for experimenting with different types of ammo.

This AR-15 rifle also boasts a 15” free-floating M-LOK handguard, which means you can attach all sorts of accessories. Plus, it’s got a full-length pic rail on top for when you want to add optics — especially handy since it doesn’t come with iron sights. And with a 6-position collapsible stock, you can adjust it to just the right fit. Sure, you might find cheaper models out there, but the M&P15 Sport III’s blend of softer recoil, versatility, and must-have features like the M-LOK handguard and adjustable stock makes it an awesome choice for anyone just getting into shooting.

Why We Love the S&W M&P15 Sport III

  • Affordably Priced: At under $1,000, often between $650 to $700, it’s a high-value option for beginners.
  • Mid-Length Gas System: Enhances durability and provides a smoother shooting experience.
  • Versatile 1:8 Twist Rate: Suitable for a wide range of ammunition, from light 55gr M193 bullets to heavier 90gr rounds.
  • Other Features: 15” free-floating M-LOK handguard, full-length Picatinnyicatinny rail, 6-position collapsible stock.

Other Options:

  • PSA 16″ M4 Carbine
  • Aero Precision Aero AC-15M
  • IWI Zion-15

AR-15 Starter Pack

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S&W M&P15 Sport III

Specifications:

SIG SAUER ROMEO5XDR Gen II Red Dot Sight with Juliet 5

Red Dot Combo

MAGPUL AR/M4 PMAG 30 GEN M3 5.56x45 Magazine With Window

30rd Magazine

UTG AR15 Cleaning Kit

AR Cleaning Kit

Best Beginner .22 Rifle: Ruger 10/22

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If you’re looking for a classic semi-auto rifle that’s perfect for beginners, the Ruger 10/22 is hard to beat. This rifle is a legend, making it an awesome choice for teaching both kids and adults the ropes of shooting sports. The Ruger 10/22 fires the .22LR round, which is super cheap and has almost no kick, plus it’s really quiet. However, keep in mind, that the .22LR is a low-power cartridge, and its effective range tops out at about 150 yards. While it might not be your go-to for self-defense, especially compared to rounds like the .223 Rem or 9mm, it’s still not something you’d want to be on the receiving end of.

With the .22LR, you’re all set to join rimfire competitions, go after small game, or just have fun plinking in the backyard. Ruger offers a bunch of different 10/22 models so you can find one that’s just right for you. Whether it’s the 10/22 Carbine with its classic looks and versatility, the 10/22 Target for hitting bulls-eyes, or the 10/22 Tactical for competition use, Ruger’s got you covered.

All in all, the Ruger 10/22 is a solid, well-balanced rifle that packs reliable performance and up-to-date features into a classic design.

Why We Love the Ruger 10/22

  • Perfect for Beginners: With minimal recoil (.22LR round) and a quiet operation, it’s an ideal firearm for teaching new shooters the basics.
  • Versatility in Use: Whether you’re interested in rimfire competitions, small game hunting, or backyard plinking, the 10/22 serves all purposes well.
  • Affordability of Ammunition: The cost-effectiveness of .22LR rounds means you can shoot more for less, perfect for extensive practice sessions without breaking the bank.
  • Variety of Models Available: Ruger offers multiple versions of the 10/22 to fit every shooter’s need, from the classic Carbine to the precision-focused Target model, and the competition-ready Tactical version.
  • Unmatched Durability and Performance: Known for its reliability and solid construction, the Ruger 10/22 ensures a long-lasting shooting experience with consistent performance.

Other Options:

Ruger 10/22 .22 LR Rifle Starter Pack

RUGER 10/22 Takedown 22 LR

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Specifications:

PROMAG Ruger 10/22 22 LR 55rd drum mag

55rd Drum Mag

VORTEX Crossfire II 2-7x32mm rimfire scope

Rimfire Scope

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Best Beginner Shotgun: Mossberg 500/590

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Talking about shotguns and not bringing up the Mossberg 500 and the Remington 870 series is nearly impossible. They’re both standout choices for newbies and honestly, picking between them often boils down to which brand you vibe with more rather than a clear winner in performance. Lately, though, a lot of shooters are leaning towards the Mossberg, saying it’s more consistent in quality. Plus, Mossberg 500/590 shotguns sport a couple of user-friendly features like the more convenient location of the safety and slide release as well as a skeletonized always-up shell lifter that allows you to load shells and clear malfunctions easier.

The Mossberg 500 and 590 shotgun series are loved for their straightforward, pump-action design. It means they’re easy to use thanks to fewer moving parts, weigh less compared to semi-autos, and are pretty darn durable. Both series come decked out with features that make life easier, like ambidextrous safeties and anti-jam elevators.

When it comes down to what you’ll use it for, the Mossberg 500 is your go-to for hunting. It comes in a bunch of camo options plus wood and black synthetic stocks, and its lightweight build and longer barrel make aiming and control easier.

If you’re gearing up for home defense or tactical purposes, the Mossberg 590 is where it’s at. It’s decked out for customization, built to take whatever comes its way, and boasts a higher shell capacity. And if a compact, easy-to-maneuver shotgun for tight spots is what you need, the Mossberg 590 Shockwave is legendary. Though it might take some getting used to, it’s surprisingly manageable once you get the hang of it.

Why We Love the Mossberg 500 and 590 Series

  • Consistent Quality: Many shooters express a preference for Mossberg over other brands for its consistent quality across models.
  • User-Friendly Features: The conveniently located safety and slide release, coupled with a skeletonized always-up shell lifter, make the Mossberg series exceptionally easy to load and clear.
  • Pump-Action Design: This design ensures fewer moving parts, lighter weight, and remarkable durability in both the 500 and 590 series.
  • Versatility for Hunting and Tactical Use: The Mossberg 500 is ideal for hunting, available in various camo, wood, and black synthetic stocks. In contrast, the Mossberg 590 suits home defense or tactical scenarios, boasting customization options and a higher shell capacity.

Other Options:

Considering a shotgun for home protection? Read our guide on the Best Home Defense Shotguns.

Mossberg 590 Shockwave Starter Pack

MOSSBERG 590 Shockwave 12Ga 14.3in

MOSSBERG 590 Shockwave

Specifications:

Mossberg 590 light mount

Forend Light

Side Saddle, 9 Shell

Side Saddle

Shotgun Sling

Shotgun Sling

FAQs

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The fit of a gun is determined by how well your hand can grip it, your ability to reach the trigger comfortably, and how natural it feels when aiming. The right gun should feel like an extension of your hand; it shouldn’t feel too heavy or awkward.

Yes, it is highly recommended to take a firearm safety course, even if it’s not legally required in your area. These courses provide essential information about safe handling, storing, and operating firearms. They also often cover local gun laws, which is crucial knowledge for any gun owner.

The 9mm Luger is a popular choice due to its balance of recoil, size, and power. It’s manageable for most new shooters, widely available, and is used in a variety of handgun sizes. This caliber allows beginners to practice effectively without being overwhelmed by recoil. 5.56/.223 as well as .22LR are good rifle calibers.

It’s advisable to clean your gun after every use to ensure it operates correctly and safely. If you’re not using your gun frequently, a thorough cleaning and inspection every few months is recommended. Regular maintenance prevents the buildup of residues and corrosion, prolonging the life of your firearm.

Yes, you can purchase a gun online, for example, on gritrsports.com, but it must be shipped to a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder, usually a gun store, where you can pick it up. You’ll need to complete the necessary background checks and paperwork at the FFL, just as if you were buying a gun in a store.

This depends on your comfort level and the intended use of the firearm. Some people prefer the added precaution of the manual safety, especially if they are new to handling guns or if there are children in the home. Others prefer firearms without manual safeties for simpler operation.

Safe gun storage is essential for preventing accidents and unauthorized access. Options include gun safes, lockboxes, and safety locks that prevent the gun from being fired. It’s also advisable to store ammunition separately from the firearm.

The cost of a reliable beginner firearm varies widely, typically ranging from $400 to $800. While it might be tempting to go for a cheaper option, investing in a good-quality firearm from a reputable manufacturer ensures reliability, safety, and a better shooting experience.

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