If you guys remember in Lesson #5, I learned the important questions to ask when you consider buying your first gun. The time has come and the questions have been answered.
Drum Roll… – I have chosen….
Actually first, I will give you my answers so you know that I have indeed thought this through.
After evaluating the intended use of the firearm; I have determined that I intend to use the firearm for basic training at the range (I am sure Coach is tired of having me ask to borrow hers – all the time!) And eventually for obtaining a concealed carry permit.
Had hands on experience with either of my two choices (S&W Shield or Glock43) for fit and ergonomics; My first experience was with a Glock 19, I grew accustomed to everything about it. But with my intent to possibly carry I wanted something a bit smaller. So I tested both the Glock 43 as well as the S&W Shield. I trained with both guns separately, and came out feeling mutually equal to both. It was only after I shot 6 rounds with the Glock and then immediately after 6 rounds with the Shield and then back to the Glock for another 6 rounds and so forth was I able to truly decide and know that I had could make a sound decision.
Could I handle the…?
Ammo Availability? Yes
Recoil? Yes, and here was part of the deciding factor, the recoil I felt from the S&W Shield was considerably less than that from the Glock 43.
Size and Weight? Yes to both
Do you know the operation and process of cleaning the gun? Yes
Do I know the reputation of the manufacturer and price? Yes, both Smith & Wesson and Glock have terrific reputations. Price for the S&W Shield $469.00 and price for the Glock somewhere between $358.00 – $569.99.
Have I taken the NRA Basics Pistol Training? Yes. And then after taking the class, I sought out Coach who continued to help train and teach me. I would definitely recommend an NRA course to anyone just learning as well as getting additional training, because really who can know everything from one lesson?\
After going through my checklist I knew I had come to a decision. The S&W Shield has won my heart.
From the grip which fit my hands like a glove, to the recoil that was well contained, to the amazing feeling of the unique trigger how could I love another.