Complete gun newbie from North Virginia here, actually originally Kansas City, MO, just moved here last Sept. I have no military, law enforcement or gun experience and am really looking for information on handguns.
If anybody could recommend books, magazines or websites for a complete utter noob about handguns I'd really appreciate it. I'm essentially just a citizen concerned about my own safety with all the stupid violent vulgarities on the streets and looking to get a handgun for personal safety and maybe some recreational shooting just to improve my marksmanship.
Welcome to the Forum, I am sure you will find all sorts of information here. You are taking the right steps by coming and asking questions there is plenty of expirence that can be found within these pages, the only stupid question is the one that goes unasked.
By all means read all you can and get an understanding, but definately take a safety course. Reading is great but there is no substitute for hands on learning. I imagine if you check with some of your local gun stores they could hook you up with someone that could get you some training and hands on help. Good luck and welcome.