OK , another newbie looking for advice here.
Hello all informed gun enthusiasts. I appreciate all your advice and comments.
I am considering purchasing my first handgun at the ripe age of 30 after our home was almost broken into, and now that I am a father(no , not to shoot my child!). I live in CA. I have shot guns before, but not a lot. I would love to never "have" to use the gun I buy for self defense. I will use it for SD and fun at the range with a few friends. I've never been a guns and ammo guy, but now seems the time for me to make this purchase.
I went to the range last week and shot about 7 guns. Three different .22 pistols, a .22 rifle, a 9mm(believe it was a Baretta, it held 16 or 17 in the clip), a .45 (I want to say colts combat commander?), and a six shooter revolver .357 mag with a friend who has a few guns. The four of us had a good time, and actually I was the most accurate with the 9mm and the .45.
I am looking to buy a gun based on the following factors:
Reliability, Cost, Accuracy, Amount of ammo it can hold, Cost of Ammo, Parts availability and Cost, durability, , easy to maintaine , and ergonomics in my hand. I would like to incorporate a light(to see in the dark), or laser target on it eventually?
Things I don't care about:
Trendiness, appearance(so long as it functions well), use in TV shows, macho factor, and concealment(it should be small, but do I need a "compact" model?).
I was thinking a 9mm something? What do you recommend? I would like to be able to hold at least 15 per clip. What kind of 9mm can I get for a decent price? I guess it doesn't have to be 9mm, but why not? Like I said accurate and reliable. I have long/thin hands/fingers. So maybe that will help with any recommendations. I can spend $400-600. Also, where can I buy such a gun at a great price? I will also consider used, but how does one go about buying a used gun? I would appreciate all the help you guys can offer, thanks!