Hello! I am new to the group, and have thumbed through some of the old posts regarding first gun ownership, etc. I live in Lexington, KY, and the nearest firing range is in Paris, a town some miles away. I called and they do not have guns for rent, but are awaiting a pair of 1911's as loaners (no idea yet on eta). Does anyone know of another place I might be able to practice/try out new weapons? Some days ago I visited a local gun shop and saw the S&W's and am terribly tempted to pick up either a .40 or a .357 sig... the .40 has nite sights, the .357 has regular sights and is less expensive, however, I am wary of the .357 sig from stuff I have read about them. So far, my actual shooting experience is limited to having fired a .22 rifle (liked it, very accurate), a pair of 12 gage shotguns (the heavier one is too heavy, the lighter one "kicks" or recoils too hard), and a .357 revolver shooting both .357's & .38 rounds at my brother's house while on vacation. I can handle the .357 better if I cock the hammer first, because the pull weight is too heavy at almost 8 #. The questions: do you all know of any firing ranges in or around Lexington, KY where I might try out different weapons? Which would you suggest, if financially strapped (but lured by the S&W sale), the .40 or the .357sig? Thanks, and happy shooting!