hello from california! i would like to obtain a gun for self-defence (esp. after virginia tech) and target shooting. however, i grew up having never having even seen one except on cops and, as you can expect, am completely clueless over where to start. i've researched a few guns online, but everybody seems to recommend different guns (although i did see a lot of walther p22's mentioned). my question is, which handgun would be nice for a beginner (that fits california's rather unreasonable standards), do i need a license or something (if i'm not planning on concealed carry), and general tips for how to get started in the first place. i have no friends who are gun owners. any input would be greatly appreciated. if it's relevant, i'm not particularly strong, so a big caliber would probably be out of the question, and price should be hopefully less than, say 600$ thanks!