Complete novice with a ton of questions.
I'm interested in buying a handgun. I thought I was overwhelmed before, but after signing up on here last night, I'm really confused now!!! There are so many different manufacturers, models, and calibers to choose from!
How much of a difference does the brand make? Is buying a gun like the difference between buying a cadillac and a yugo? What caliber is most effective? What makes a pistol more accurate than any other?
I'm in the army and my gun experience is limited to what the army uses. I've mainly fired M16s and M4s, but I have fired the Army's 9mm Beretta on numerous occasions. I've heard a lot of bad things about it, but I wouldn't know the difference. I have nothing to compare it to. A gun that has caught my eye is the Springfield 1911, but again, I have no real experience. I haven't even held one! I haver a friend who is a cop and he uses a Glock (I don't know the caliber), I held it and got a feel for it, but I wadn't really into it.
I apologize for all the questions, but I have pretty much ZERO experience and I'm like a sponge right now.
Oh yea, I don't want to spend an arm and a leg either. What could I expect to spend?
Thanks in advance!!!!