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 ass 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.