Ok, I'm completely ignorant about most things when it comes to firearms. I'm here to learn and make friends. So far everyone is kick *** on here. Anyway, let me cut to the chase... Basically, I want a semi-auto pistol that's reliable and that I can have fun just shooting crap with. I want to better my accuracy and be prepared to use my gun in any situation that calls for it. Hopefully never on a human. I've been eye-balling a couple of cheap, but good brand, pistols. Here's a couple of links to check out my choices: Question: I was wondering how much more powerful a .38 is over a .22. Also, is the volume of a .38 much louder than a .22? http://www.gundealeronline.com/Taurus-Model-PT-22-8-1-Round-22-Long-Rifle-w-Nic-p/1220035r.htm http://www.gundealeronline.com/Bersa-Thunder-380-7-1-Round-380-ACP-Pistol-w-Duo-p/thun380dt.htm Which would you own over the other, and why? Pre-thanks to anyone who contributes to my knowledge. I really appreciate it.