Picked up a new gun today (SP101), my first revolver. That's my 8th handgun purchase, 7 of which I still have. Being a novice, it sorta got me thinking. What are the critical priority guns your average novice pistol shooter (who wants to become a well-rounded, proficient shooter) oughta check off his/her list first? My thoughts, in no particular order: Rimfire target: Probably lean toward Ruger here, though I like the Buckmark. 9mm steel/alloy: Browning, CZ, or Sig. 3-6" 357mag revolver: Ruger GP100 seems like the best value. 1911 45acp Gov: Shooter-friendly big bore. Medium/compact poly: Versatility. Concealable, simple, durable, reliable.