So...pistols. Many handgun experts, gunsmiths and dictionaries view pistols as a subset of handguns. Others will use the terms interchangably. Typically the term pistol refers to a handgun having one chamber integral with the barrel. This makes pistols distinct from the other main type of handgun, the revolver. The most common types of pistols are single-shot and semi-automatic. Most pistols today are semi-automatic and use the energy of the fired cartridge to cycle the action of the firearm and Pistols at Sommerfeld Outfitters Iowaadvance the next cartridge into position to be fired.The term derringer has come to refer to any small-sized hand-gun that is not a pistol or revolver - many of which being single-shot. The term is derived from the namesake of Henery Deringer.

How to choose the right pistol for you.

If you're looking for your first pistol or are new to the world of firearms all together the idea of choosing a pistol can be an overwhelming and daunting task. Here are some quick tips to help with the buying decision.

The first, most obvious step is - determine and evaluate the intended use of the pistol. Are you looking for personal and home defense, competitive shooting or hobby? Once you've established intended use you can look at your budget. There are currently pistols on the market that will accommodate nearly any budget. We recommend, on average, to have a budget of approximately $400-$800. This will allow you to purchase a pistol that is reliable, egronomic and well designed. In most cases it will also have a warranty from a well-known manufacturer. You can also consider new or used pistols. Used pistols can offer significant savings on your budget and most manufacturers offer lifetime warranties on the pistols they manufacture that stay in effect regardless of the firearm changing hands. When considering used, we do recommend speaking with a reputable retailer or gunsmith to avoid any potential issues.

Choosing a caliber really goes back to what you have determined as your pistol's intended use. With a wide variety of calibers (and opinions) available this will probably be the most debated subject of your purchase. Full size pistols in smaller calibers are easier and more enjoyable to shoot, especially for extended periods of time. Whereas smaller more compact pistols in larger calibers will become more unpleasant to shoot after long periods. Our professional staff would be happy to discuss the pros and cons of all your caliber options.

The last step is simple and straightforward - how does the pistol feel in your hand? There's no black and white or right or wrong answer here. Simply, how does it feel? Can you easily reach the trigger, safety and magazine release? Try out a variety of pistols - many times when you find the right one you just know it.

Stop in and see us when you're in the market for your next...or first pistol! We'd be happy to assist you with all your firearms questions!




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