Hello--New to Guns, Shooting
I recently went target shooting with a co-worker at his gun club and had a blast. That was two weeks ago, and I've been reading everything I have time for since. I shot his Taurus 9mm, Ruger .357 revolver, and his .22 target pistol. There was a couple other guys at our 25 yd. range who saw I was new and wanted me to try their guns which included Glocks, a couple 1911's-can't recall brand, and one each of an AR-15 and AK-47. I reaaly enjoyed the entire experience.
Anyway, now I am considering getting some formal gun training even though my buddy is an ex-cop and spent a long time covering all the safety aspects. I want to get a lot of time in training and safety, and practice.
Also, I want to purchase my first handgun, but want to rent some models first and try them. My short list includes:
SA new XDM Model in 9mm
SIG P226 9mm
Stoeger Cougar 9mm
CS P01 9mm
My interests are: Home/Personal Defense, Range shooting
Price range up to about $800.
Question I have is----what is the ideal barrel length given my interests in home/personal defense and becoming a good shot through lots of practice time? I probably would at some point go for a carry permit, but that is later on when I am better trained and more knowledgeable, and would get a small pistol for that. I am an older guy (60) on the short side with small hands.
Later training and interests would be in getting a shotgun and rifle to complete my personal defense package.
Any help/feedback is appreciated.