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Old October 9, 2012, 11:19 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Just A Dad:
My main purpose would be for fun (target shooting/blowing off steam at the range) with the secondary purpose of home defense. I am interested in a semi auto pistol for around $500 or less.

So....if I can only own 1 gun for a long time....

What brand for a "beginner" like me would you recommend (ease of use, safety...DA vs. SA or combo, reliability)?
I'm leaning toward a 9mm or 357 (38 special)....what do you think?
Any general advice?
If you are looking for a good 9mm, I'd go with any of the semiautos suggested by RBid.

I'd add to that, that if it's a .357 you are after, Ruger makes a very nice one- the GP100- that can be had in a variety of barrel lengths suitable for SD/HD. Go with at least a 4" barrel as anything shorter than that makes obtaining reasonable accuracy a little bit harder to achieve.
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