Thank you for the in-depth answer Sturgeon. I just recently heard about this and wondered about it for some time. Owning a handgun I feel is especially necessary for where I live due to the pretty bad criminal activity that goes on. I do own a shotgun I purchased but if I ever had to use it at home which is a situation I do feel could very well happen, it won’t be convenient and could hamper me actually dealing with the situation. I’ve actually had multiple instances in the past few months where I’ve been threatened and chased and almost attacked by random people in public and something like this if I can legally defend myself would be extremely beneficial Incase the situation arises.
I’ve actually shot quite a few handguns including a lot of Glocks like a 17, 19, 22, 23, etc, some CZ’s, S&W, and some Ruger’s. However as you pointed out I’ve never CCW’d before obviously so I don’t know how it would work out for me. It sounds ridiculous but even though I don’t have a problem with Glocks, I do like them and how they shoot and feel, I don’t really want one because of aesthetic reasons. As retarded as that sounds. I’ve shot the S&W 2.0 and I did quite enjoy that along with a CZ of which I can’t remember the name (it was some compact model) and they were both really nice. Are there any specific handguns you’ve shot that you can recommend? If I can’t really find anything other than a Glock then I’ll of course get it because I know it’ll work no matter what but I do wish to avoid it for the reasons I stated.
As for AR’s, have you had experience with the Bushmaster XM-15 or the Delton Armory AR’s I’ve shot the latter once before and it seemed like a decent rifle however I’ve not done anything other than fire a full magazine through one. The Bushmaster is one I’m looking at because it’s within my price range and from what I remember of Bushmaster it should be of good quality? I’ve also looked at the River AR-556 and the M&P 15 which I’ve also seen cheap enough for me afford.
I’m actually going to join the police academy next year for my city and try to become a police officer so I’m wanting to broaden my experience a little bit due to the nature of that job and where it’ll be located at.