male or female, first guns should be .22's. I suggest that you get a used one, from a shop or private seller who will let you test fire it a lot, to establish that it works well. then if you want to or need to sell it, to get money for your centerfire ccw gun, you will get almost as much as you paid. Understand? 22's are 5c per shot, or so, centerfires are 25c per shot. to really have a basis for confidence in your ability with your pistol, you need to fire several thousand rounds, in a very few months, preferably with a decent coach watching/guiding you thru a lot of it. saving $200 per thousand rds quicklly pays for any "loss" you take upon sellinig the .22. I suggest that you keep it, if that is at all possible for you, financially. 22's are great fun, and practice with the .22 is preferable to non-practice with the centerfire ammo that you can't afford, you know.