Hey, a couple more things. I was chatting with a guy the other day about shooting and getting your first gun and I found out that you can rent handguns at some ranges. You can rent for, say an hour, and try a variety of calibers and find the one you like. Might be good to go that route. I'm sure you'd love the characters at the range too.
Oh, and if you're doing this for self defense purposes, you need something with stopping power so don't go lower than a .38. There's a common story out there about a cop who got call after call about shootings and the caliber always used was .22s, .32s, etc. When asked why he never got calls for the 9mm, .45s, .38s, etc., he said it's because they called the coroner.
Referring back to this quote by Dan...
Dan Lambskin wrote:i say Desert Eagle .50, but for you probably something girly that would fit in your purse
i'm not really into guns but i've always wanted a Luger or a Ruger...i just think they sound cool
a Street Sweeper would be cool too
My grandfather had a vintage Luger. Not sure about all the specifics, but I know it was used in one of the world wars and had something very unique about it, like it was tagged with an exclusive number or something. Not sure what made this particular pistol so much more valuable than all of his others, but it was and when he was younger he decided he'd hide it when he and my grandmother went on a long vacation. He hid it in the ceiling, just in case the house was burglarized while they were away. Well, he came back from the vacation and forgot about it. I guess years went by until he finally remembered what he'd done with the gun. However, he couldn't find it. He had forgotten where he had put it. I guess he basically tore his house apart looking for it, got a metal detector, everything, and was never able to find it. Kind of a ridiculous example of putting something so you can find it later...