Hi I’m new to the board and would like your input on choosing my first pistol. Applied for my concealment permit two weeks ago so should be receiving it fairly soon. The gun will be used for the range and personal/home defense. I don’t intend on carrying the pistol much unless I know I will be going to a bad area. I’ve hunted and been around firearms my whole life so I have some knowledge on the subject matter. After some research and thought here is what I’ve narrowed my choices down to… Ruger GP100 KGP-141 Ruger® GP100® Double-Action Revolver Models S&W Model 686 Product: Model 686 S&W Model SW1911(probably 9mm) Baretta PX4 Storm(probably 9mm) Right now I’m leaning towards the SW 686 because I hear revolvers are nice beginner guns. My dad has a Ruger 44 magnum and I like it except it is not practical to carry because of its barrel length (and it’s scoped). Also it seems revolvers are much easier to maintain than the semi’s.