Tell me if this makes sense...
I'm 23 years old, living near Dallas, Texas. I was raised around guns, so handling and safety I'm well aware of, and comfortable around all types of guns.
After the disaster on November 5th, I decided I needed to hurry up and get the money to buy a handgun before January 20th, so I've been doing extensive research on them.
After going to the gun shop I held guns that I have shot (that my dad owns) and compared them with several others that I have heard very good things about. The pistol I've shot the most is the Beretta 92FS and the Taurus knockoff. So comparing with the Beretta I found the Sig P226 to be a wonder to hold, which would only translate to easier and more comfortable shooting.
Others I took a peak at were the HK USP, HK .45, Colt 1911 (father owns as well), and the Sig P225.
The two Sigs were so much more comfortable for my hand that I've decided to buy the P226 if I can get the money before January 20th, and the P225 if I can't.
Now, what I want to know if it makes sense, is my decision on calibre.
I've decided to get the P226 in .40 S&W.
The reason I decided that is I want to be capable of shooting something larger than 9mm, but I don't have the money to buy multiple pistols.
I'm not sure if I want to use a .357 most of the time, or a .40 most of the time for defense, and won't be able to decide until I've fired both from the same pistol.
Also if I get the .40 the magazines work with the .357, but not vice-versa. (The 357 model comes with magazines with a certain bevel or something that prevents it from feeding .40 properly.) And there is also a kit that converts to 9mm when I need to save money at the range, which I will want to do.
As I'm not a very good shot with a pistol yet, I plan on getting the 9mm conversion kit and putting several thousand rounds through it in the first couple of weeks, to improve my over-all pistol performance, then putting 200-500 rounds of either .40 or .357 through it to get proficient in those calibres (whichever one I decide to use).
Does my reasoning make sense? I want to be able to shoot a 9mm to get good at shooting a pistol, but once I acquire the proficiency that I want using 9mm (easier to shoot and more affordable) I'll move to a larger round and practice with that to where I'm good with whichever self-defense round I decide on.
Any advice or pointing out any flaws in my reasoning that would be greatly appreciated.