Hello everyone, First off I just wanted to say I am new to these forums as well as shooting and I came across this forum on google in hopes of gaining some insight. I'm sorry if this doubles as my introduction but it's more about handguns then saying hello. With that said, I live pretty close to NYC so it's hard for me and my dad (who works full time as a police officer) to make trips to the ranges out in Long Island. I have shot my Ruger .22 on three trips and my father's service handguns (I beleive he has a glock 19 and a mini glock for his leg that I don't know the correct name of but they have a lot of recoil) so I'm fairly inexperienced. Me and my father are both gun enthusiasts and he said for my birthday he would get me a handgun of my choice that I could use at the range only (within ~ $800). My two questions are: What is a good handgun to learn on thats durable? I am interested in the 1911 because I hear it's a beautiful gun and has a great service history (and I hear Alpha Squad uses them so that has to mean it's amazing!) but I'm open to any suggestions. I am very new to the brands and I'm not dedicated to any one company or style. I am also interested in the M9 (the current standard issue service pistol for American soldiers) so any insight on this handgun would be great! What is a good revolver that would last me and be fun to shoot for a long time? I know I keep saying vague words like good and long time but it will be my first handgun so I want it to be working when I have kids and I don't know what makes a good handgun to be honest. Also, I have a very sweet tooth for revolvers because I think the mechanism and workings are so interesting that I find all revolvers beautiful. The only thing is no Snub Nose suggestions, I would like a decent lenghted barrel. Thank you for looking and reading my first thread. I will be checking back to thank anyone who posts information and to answer any questions! Once again great to be apart of this forum!