I got my first handgun a few days after I turned 21 (dumb MD laws) but I have been around guns and have shot alot of guns before I ever owned any so I kinda knew what I wanted and all that good stuff, now im kinda just addicted to collecting/shooting :-p but if your new to guns and havent really shot that much I would deff. get a .22 very cheap to shoot and good to learn on. I am thinking about getting my Fiance one because she is deathly scared of my 9mm and my .44 Mag. but shoot around some and look around ask people at the gun shop ect ect. mine was a Smith and Wesson Sigma 9mm. $399 that was the biggest reason I bought it, and crime rate has gone up and a few break ins withing a mile of my house one in day light. but I wouldnt go and spend a whole bunch of money unless you have some extra money then go ahead. Good luck!