Only one handgun for plinking fun and home defense, I would go Beretta 92 in semi-auto, unless you have very small hands.
But honestly better would be a Ruger or S&W 4" barrel revolver, particularly for a novice shooter
Revolvers are easier to use (except reloading under stress), are easier to shoot in single action accurately, can shoot .38/.357, don't look as "scary" to some people, less susceptible to poor technique, and if you can get well practiced at controlling the double action trigger pull, you can shoot any handgun well.
I agree with an above poster though, I think a .22LR is a better 1st gun by a long shot. (Pun intended)
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