New member from Illinois (yes, I know; please don't laugh!)
I'm new to the forum and practically new to handguns.
Basically, my only experience is qualifying with a .38 while in the Air Force (many years ago), and a small amount of recent target-shooting with my son's 9mm and .45 semi-auto.
Like a lot of folks these days, my wife and I want to pick up a couple of handguns for home protection and a bit of backyard target shooting.
We took a handgun orientation class this past week at a local gun shop, and learned a lot; but I still have no idea what to buy, other than leaning toward a semi-auto rather than a revolver, just because of capacity.
At the class, we fired a .22, 9mm, a couple different .40 cal, a .45 and a .38.
I had my best results with a Glock Model 22 (.40 cal), with a 3-pound trigger pull.
I'm sure that I'm opening a gigantic can of worms by asking for opinions about a first gun choice, but I'll do it anyway.
(Perhaps the introduction forum isn't the best place for that question, though. If someone can redirect me, I'd much appreciate it.)