DadnMe, like some others have opined, for a first handgun, it's hard to beat a nice .22 revolver. Little recoil, cheap to shoot and, in a good platform, very accurate. You say you like "old stuff" (so do I), so my suggestion is to look for a Smith & Wesson K-22 Masterpiece (the Model 17 if made after 1957). In good to excellent condition they can be found for between five and six hundred dollars. Most came with 6" long barrels and all were fitted with great triggers and are superbly accurate. Finally, first gun or not, imo, every serious shooter should have at least one quality .22 rimfire handgun in their inventory.
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