I posted this in response to a poster here who said they were looking to buy a handgun. Due to what is going on now, I think my advice merits a thread of its own as I expect a lot of people are going to become first-time gun owners and CHL holders soon. So if you are about to become a gun owner and concealed carrier for the first time, I hope this helps.
I strongly recommend you go to a local gun range that rents handguns. 'Try before you buy' will save you a whole lot of frustration and money. Also, get a quality holster. This is an intergral part of your firearms carry system.
It is critical that you get some professional training. Not only will it greatly improve your shooting, you will also learn proper safety technique and what your local laws say about when you can and cannot use lethal force. In addition, having professional training is quite helpful in a legal defense.
I also highly recommend you check out the Active Self Protection YouTube channel ( ...