Your basic handgun should be a 22CaliberRevolver. Reason, ease of learning and economy. The 22 cartridges permit lots of shooting at a low cost. Larger caliber handguns are usually more money to buy and shooting is more expensive. If you get a chance to start a new shooter, the kick of a bigger gun will start the shooter flinching. Let the new shooter develop good habits first. Help them train proper muscle memory not the flinch.
A new shooter's muscle groups need to learn the movements required to make the shot. Muscle memory is the key to quick site acquisition and trigger squeeze. Training must also fits the shooters physiology. Shorter thumbs, the standard grip would make it harder to work the hammer without changing the grip. All that hand changing makes it harder to get that site picture back. Check out the dry-fire page for more on this.
A 22 semi-automatic pistol? I love-em, but for new shooters a revolver is simpler, safer and easier for them to learn the basics, from firing the handgun to cleaning it. Semi-automatic pistols tend to have four point five inch or shorter barrels. Yes, I have seen the new semi-automatic race guns with six inch barrels selling at many thousands. With revolvers there is more choice in barrel length. A longer sight radius make it easier to get those muscle groups I keep talking about trained and acclimated to the site picture. Results, better groups.
There are excellent shooting 22-caliber target revolvers out there waiting for you. My suggestion, a five point five to a seven point five inch barrel single action revolver some come with two cylinders. One cylinder in 22 long rifle and a second in .22 magnum. The second cylinder is great for transitioning to 38 special, 357 or 44 magnums bigger guns. Go to your local gun shop and ask about one. If they start talking down to you, they do not deserve your business, walk out. I am sure there is more than one gun shop near you. The search, besides being fun is educational.
What do you think? Contact Me.Yours, Jeffrey
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