Welcome to the FTF. If I may suggest that the next time you log in, stop by the "Introductions" area and say "Hi".
I will always try to steer the beginner to a revolver. Inexpensive, easier to identify shooting and handling problems with, easier to clean, and easier to maintain.
Sometimes, the ammo is cheaper. I've seen .380 ammo go for over $20 a box, but 2 days ago, I picked up .38Spl for $14.96 at Wally World.
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
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Life Member NAHC
Former President of the ECPT (Eifel Combat Pistol Team)