I'm sure that a few of my readers were wondering when we would get to firearms. Well, today is the day. I recommend new shooters to talk to a friend that has pistols, and ask to go shooting with them. Most gun owners are more than happy to show new shooters the proper way to handle firearms, how to handle a pistol, and proper training. Some Arkansas ranges offer a wide selection of pistols for rental, and this is an excellent way to get a feel for a pistol.
A big box store or local armory is also a good way to get good information about guns. Make sure that the staff is friendly, doesn't talk down to you, knowledgeable,and willing to take the time with you. Go spend your money elsewhere if they act like a jackass (Don's Armory in Arkansas).
Be sure to include in your budget at the very least 200 rounds to shoot in the very near future, and another 50-100 rounds to start your ammo stockpile. Harry Flashman has a great post on long term ammo storage at this LINK. It's worth your time.
Personally, I like Ruger for the value and service. Your mileage may vary. Buy what works for you, and is comfortable in your hand when shooting it.
One task every
day, one small task....for a better prepared community - K