The closest Gander Mountain store is about 850 miles from here. We have a similar outfit here on the west coast called Turner’s Outdoorsman which has an equally hard-to-pick-from selection of firearms.
About the best way to decide (for me it was) is to go to your local shooting range and rent a pistol or revolver. Shoot some rounds through several that you think you might like to own.
Try both semi-auto pistols and revolvers to get a feel what might be right. Maybe you already know.
We both started out with S&W 686 .357 Magnum using .38 special ammo. Then we got the 9mm S&W 908 semi-autos and then the collector’s bug bit. We recently added .45ACP to the collection which now consists of three revolvers, four shotguns and five pistols.
We think we’re done now, but that’s what we said after the last round - sort of turns you into a monster - ha!
Oh, I really know what I’d like to get - a S&W 500 Magnum. But my wrists are shot from carpal tunnel and I broke my shooting wrist years ago. Now I’m paying for it. I know I couldn’t take the recoil. I like my Beretta Mini Cougar .45 but am thinking about another S&W .357. I could kick myself for selling my Mod 19 2′ bbl.
Then again there’s the Auto Ordnance Thompson 45 I’ve been looking at. Decisions, decisions…