Being a newbie myself, my experience is limited. However, at the range I attend, they have a couple of .22 for rent and I have tried them. Both myself and my wife like the Ruger 22/45 Mark III, which is a semiautomatic. We also tried a S&W revolver they had recently acquired but it was having a problem where the bullets would push back out of one chamber slightly and cause the cylinder to bind. At first we thought it was something we were doing wrong and asked for some assistance. The owner confirmed that there seemed to be a problem with the gun and suggested the Ruger instead.