Great post Kathy!
I probably had 10,000 thru my single six before I went into the Army and used a 1911. After that it was 357 magnum's but I had been shooting for a decade and still shot crappy with the 357 for some time.
I agree with Tom a .40 and a 357 are not beginners guns.
My rifle and pistol are tools, I am the weapon.