Welcome to the forum, from SaintLouis Mo.
Pull up a chair and join in.
Gun question.?????? That needs to go in another thread under another post under another name. They're here.
Or I could give an answer.....
If you are looking for a semi that you can shoot a lot and it not cost an arm or a leg. You basically have two choices, 9mm or 22lr.
They are the two least expensive rounds on the market, all brands of ammo considered.
If you are also thinking of HD for this weapon I would recommend 9mm. You can get the cheap range ammo and then get Hi Performance Defensive rounds for HD or CCW.
As for the actual guns? there are mountains of different pistols to look at.
It depends on what you want to spend.
Does it matter if it is polymer frame or metal, striker fired or hammer, single stack magazine or double stack magazine on and on.
So before we go much further, tell us a little more about what you might be looking for.
Like price range and the other things mentioned, if they matter or not.
And when you plan on buying, because the new guns are coming out in January, and some very interesting things are coming our way.