Do your research. The internet and gun magazines can be excellent sources of information to help you decide what firearm works best for you. You will also want to ask yourself what caliber you are interested in. And keep in mind, you will need to know the differences between revolvers and semi-autos. Write down your questions and the features that you know you like. Take them with you to your local gun shop.
For those new to shooting and firearms, a gun shop can be intimidating at first. There are many makes and models to choose from and sometimes people, especially women, can feel overwhelmed when they walk in.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The staff is there to help you. And keep in mind, you are looking for what’s best for you.