Originally Posted by DanielGonz
In the next month or two I'd like to buy a handgun. I have no felonies or anything like that, and also have no gun knowledge. I need a step-by-step on what it takes to legally get a gun. I know there are tests, but where can I get material to study them and where do I take the test?
In regards to the type of hand gun I want..I want something reliable and of good quality. Something I can take out from it's bolster and it'll be ready to shoot. What kind of brands, sizes, features should I take a look at? This will be mainly for self-defense and will be kept in my bedroom. Semi-automatic, no revolvers. Also, I'd like to attach a laser-sight to it. Any packages or certain laser-sight brands to be aware of?
Also, I'd like to keep a handgun in my car as well, but what are the laws concerning keeping a gun in a car? I live in CA so maybe this will be tricky?
How much should I expect to spend per gun?
Where I live you just go into the gun store and fill out a forum, and then they run a background check, but I guess it's different in California. As far as recommendations for a first gun, that will be kept in a bedroom go- I would say get a full frame sized pistol, not a small one. And the best laser sights hands down are viridian green laser sights, you should check out their website.
As far as full sized pistols my top choices follow:
H&K USP* (compatible with laser with a special adapter)
Type each one of those in to youtube and watch reviews, you should get a good idea of which one you like the best, please note that not all are compatible with the viridian green laser sights, only the ones I marked with an asterisk.