When you have enough money to buy a gun, you typically want to get that gun NOW, as if it is going to disappear from existence if you don't. This kind of impulsive behavior has put alot of people in debt, especially during the era of gun panics of recent years. I am guilty of going out and spending money impulsively on some pistols in order to get them just because I finally saw one. But I wish I had sat back and looked at the situation with a little more clarity, especially since it happened more and more as my gun collection expanded. Either way, I am now in the same situation as several other people in having so many guns that I can not choose which one I want to use more often.
When I pick one pistol out of my selection, I usually look at the other pistols and think about the great times we had out at the range and during training. All of my pistols have been used and have experienced my way of running a gun mercilessly. This kind of usage creates bonds between the user and the gun, which can cause problems when that gun no longer has a status of necessity. Now, when I go to pick a gun from my collection, I feel bad that I do not have the ammo to waste on shooting the other guns that I spent all that time with in the past. In hindsight, it almost feels like it was a waste of time and money to invest in a gun that I no longer use. But that is obviously not the case. Without prior experience and knowledge, I could not have been drawn to the newer guns that I have become attached to.
When you are looking for that perfect pistol, you probably have an idea on what this pistol may be used for, Whether this is your first pistol, or the fiftieth pistol, you should have an idea for what kind of purpose it is going to fill. Many people get surplus guns for the history and cool factor in their collection, which is fine and all, but I do not think that a surplus pistol would be a good choice for serious use.
If you are looking at carrying your firearm and want to get alot of range time with it, you would be wise to at least shoot high when it comes to your standards. Set up a list of things to scritinize the pistol on such as reliability, weight, capacity, sights, etc. Compare it to another pistol that you liked. Compare the pistols with a great amount of detail based on what you feel is the most important standards. There are a ton of reviews on the web almost every gun and how they stack against other pistols in important categories.
One thing that I highly advise, when it pertais to choosing any gun, is to make sure this gun can be used for more than just one thing. If the gun has more than one purpose, you are more likely to work with it and get alot of good from it. And remember that it is better to be trained with one gun than it is to just have an understanding with many guns.