Advice for new handgun hobbyist and his son
So I would really like to buy a handgun or two for the purpose of hobby shooting with my sons (9 & 13 years old). I hunt and own a couple hunting rifles but have little experience with hand guns. I have only ever fired a few hand guns in my life so have little experience with all the various makes, models, ammo options etc. Before I ask for advice I guess I will outline the line of thinking I am using and then you guys can hopefully correct that if need be and offer your own suggestions. This is mostly for me and my 13 year old, I think I will start my 9 year old off with a .22 revolver. This is mainly for recreational shooting but possibly may lead to more competitive type shooting as my sons have a lot of interest in that. But this gun would be primarily for recreation.
For my 13 year old and I:
I think I would prefer something in a smaller caliber that is easy to manipulate, break down, clean etc. I want to teach my sons how to responsibly own firearms, not just how to shoot so maintenance, cleaning etc. will be part of that. I don't want my son to be intimidated by a larger caliber pistol. I want him to feel in control and not scared of pulling the trigger. Semi-automatic is preferred.
I want something that can fire common ammunition that is plentiful and cheap. I don't want ammo availability/price to be a deterrent to getting out and shooting.
So, what sort of suggestions can you guys offer? This will hopefully just be the first of many firearms we buy and shoot together as I would love for this to be an activity I can share with my kids for life. I just want to start my collection off with a good all around gun that anyone could have fun shooting. Thanks guys.