Sig Sauer's P320 is available in 9mm, .40S&W, .357SIG, and .45ACP, allowing versatility if you prefer a specific bullet. Its smooth trigger pull and comfortable grip makes it a favorite among beginning shooters.
Team Taurus captain Jessie Duff recommends Taurus's 9mm variant of the 1911, which retains the legendary design's full size frame and gives the shooter plenty to hold on to. And thanks to the smaller caliber, the gun's frame aids in reducing recoil - a plus for new shooters.
Team Smith & Wesson captain Julie Golob says Smith & Wesson's M&P 22 Compact is the best starter pistol. The .22 caliber pistol is a 15% smaller version of the popular M&P 22 and is an excellent pistol for first time shooters. Due to its very low recoil, shooters can focus on perfecting their technique before moving to larger bullet sizes.
The Colt Competition Pistol can be used in a variety of situations and comes in 9mm and .45 cal variants. Smooth to rack and featuring a dual spring recoil system and adjustable rear sight, this gun is a solid choice for new shooters.
Team Glock's Tori Nonaka recommends the 9mm Glock 34. Designed to be the same overall length as Government Model 1911s, the Glock 34 has a great fit that's customizable to a shooter's hand and is smooth to use - excellent for someone just starting out.