Hey all, first off I wanted to say thanks in advance for any direction or advice I get from you guys. I appreciate it. I'm in my mid 20's and looking to purchase my first firearm. I was thinking about a handgun for personal protection/home defense/range shooting. Obviously my first question would be a recommendation for a gun, but I think I'll be able to browse around the forum later and look for an answer to that. My biggest questions are about cost. I'm looking to do things properly and want to know what you guys would recommend. Take an actual gun safety course (I've fired a rifle and a pistol perhaps a handful of times each), or just spend time at a range? How much time would you recommend spending at a range per month (obviously it's relative to how much you want to shoot)? And really, how much would you say you spend monthly on ammo? I don't want to buy a gun and then never use it except for the one time I actually need to. I'm moving to Florida and from what I've read the gun restriction laws there are fairly lax so I'm not sure I'll have any issue on that front.