Originally Posted by kjdeut
First thing I did when we decided to get a handgun was to sign up the wife, daughter, and myself for a handgun safety class. Class we took was really good and let use shoot a 22 semi auto, 9mm semi auto, and a 357 revolver with 38 special rounds. It gave us a starting point on the differences between the calibers along with semi vs revolver. They also made sure we shot the revolver both DA and SA so we knew that difference too. It was a great experience for us all.
It is nice to see those who have little or no experience educate themselves before purchase. To few do it these days. It's unfortunate that so many grow up not being around firearms. I got my first at the age of 8 or so. A single shot .410 Then I got my shotgun at age 10, a lt 20 gauge. I grew up around hunt clubs and guns. They've never phased me. I take my 9 and 11 year old daughters to the range. I don't want them growing up thinking guns are "evil" as the educational establishment will try and teach them.
I salute you for your diligence.