May I suggest beings this is your first gun to save a few bucks and buy your friends. The M&P .40 is a good pistol and will meet all your needs. Your going to here a bunch put it down because it has a little sharper recoil to it. If you can get good with it any other sharp recoil gun will be easier for you to shoot. I started with a .357 mag and the .40 was a piece of cake. Good luck.