Another Newbie Question; Need Advice / Guidance
First I apologize for another newbie thread. These are probably posted quite a bit but I want to do due diligence before making a purchase and I accept that I know nothing of hand guns. This post will be very specific to me which I hope is a "saving grace" of making it less of a duplicate.
I'm looking for a semi-automatic hand-gun for hobby target practice. I'd eventually like to participate in the USPSA competitions but I don't need a gun straight away for competition. I need to become familiar with shooting, recoil, loading, etc.
I went to a Gun shop (the closest to my house) and was directed to .22s. Two models caught my interest: The Walther P22 and a Browning 1911-22. I tend to like the P22 better for it's looks but I've heard it can have issues (Walther P22 Issues and Problems - YouTube) and on the other hand, I can't find any "real" info of the 1911-22. All I hear is how close it is to the original 1911 and that makes me think it's more of a collectors piece. I'd also like my wife and father in-law to eventually learn with the final-selected gun.
I also so the neos by Barretta and a few others but the two above were closest to what I was thinking
How are these as a first gun? How is the longevity and are these good for a beginner? Is there another model that would be better, overall? I there anything else I should be aware of or watch out for as I'm looking.
Edit: For the sake of discussion, lets add the Browning Buckmark as an option to be compared with the two above - Walther P22 and the Browning 1911-22.