Handgun choice no easy matter

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This is the second article in a series.

By Terry Leigh McCune | Staff Writer

Second AmendmentFLORENCE – Over the past couple of weeks, I have been looking online, in handgun publications, pawnshops and firearm dealers to see what kinds and sizes of handguns are available.

I knew that I wanted something simple. I didn’t need all the bells and whistles like laser targeting. I never knew there were so many firearms manufacturers! Besides the brand names which I was familiar with, such as Browning, Remington, Colt, Raven, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Glock, Heckler & Koch, and Sig Sauer, there are so many brand names that I can’t even begin to list them here.

News1GunsThe advantages and disadvantages vary. Revolvers are easier to clean and maintain, but they usually only hold six cartridges at a time. Semi-automatics need more time and effort in disassembling and cleaning, but they can hold anywhere from six to sixteen rounds in the magazine, depending on the size and brand that you choose.


To help me decide whether I wanted a revolver or a semi-automatic handgun, I enlisted the help of Bob Yalden. He has over 40 years experience as a firearms instructor. Bob showed me a wide variety of his own handguns. His collection has everything from a .22 to a .44 magnum.

After handling each of them, I was able to decide on caliber and size. And, when I make my purchase, I will be taking classes from Bob at his facility, Carolina Firearms Training Center located in Bridgeton.

Handguns that I have seen vary from about $300 used to $3,000 new. If you decide to purchase a handgun or any firearm from a manufacturer online, you must have the weapon, ammo and accessories shipped to an authorized firearms dealer for pickup.

There are many in this area. Just to name a few: Pro Gun & Outdoor Sports in Bayboro; East 70 Pawn in James City; and, Dellinger’s Pawn in Washington, N. C.

Pro Gun & Outdoor Sports also has an indoor firing range. The price is $15 per half hour or $25 per hour.

Stay tuned next week as I purchase a handgun and begin the process of firearm training.


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