The choices in handguns today are extremely numerous and can be confusing for the new purchaser. Browning's expertise in pistols began in the closing years of the 19th Century with breakthrough designs by John M. Browning. Today our focus is on smaller caliber pistols, including the Buck Mark and 1911-22 series (both are chambered for the .22 Long Rifle rimfire cartridge) and the 1911-380 series (chambered in the centerfire 380 ACP cartridge).
The .22 Long Rifle cartridge can be ideal for your first handgun and rimfire ammunition is inexpensive . The recoil and noise of a rimfire are less intimidating for new shooters. You can easily carry a box of 100 rimfire cartridges in your pocket that doesn’t take up more space than a candy bar. Rimfire ammunition comes in many different styles, ranging from high-velocity hollow points, standard velocity target cartridges, and lower velocity subsonic ammo.
When you purchase your first pistol, make sure you also buy the ammunition and accessories you’ll need – important items like extra magazines, a holster, gun case or storage enclosure and basic cleaning supplies.
The Browning Buck Mark and 1911-22 rimfire pistols are great first pistols for many new shooters. Browning also offers a full line of magazines, holsters, cases, safes, and cleaning supplies.