I am also new here and relatively new to firearms(had a FID card years ago that I let expire, took the course and am waiting for my license to come in the mail) i am also looking at purchasing a handgun and a rifle as soon as I get my license. A couple weekends ago a bunch of my family and friends went to a range in NH where we could rent a bunch of guns an try before we bought... We had 10 of us there and we rented 4 different hand guns a 1911, couple of glocks of different caliber's and some of the guys brought thier own personal guns in for us to try out and see how we liked them. Of course we rented an Uzi, sterling SMG, MP5 and I shot an AK74U on full auto.. Man that thing is insane all I could see was a ball of fire.. Lost the target completely. I am getting side tracked SORRY! my point is that we all got to try a bunch of guns none of us had, we had a GREAT time and it cost 75 bucks each when all was said and done if you can find a range near you that also rents guns I HIGHLY recommend trying several out before ya buy one. I am still not sure what I am gonna get.. Might have to go back to NH!! lmao. In NH ya just need a drivers license to rent a gun on the gun ranges.
All the replys to your post have given me some insights and couple different guns I would like to try before I buy.