So, the wife and I are looking into getting into shooting. Our first real date was a shooting range up in the Poconos where they had all different types of pistols and rifles with different combinations of accessories. We've actually gone back once because it was so fun. This past weekend, we went to a range not too far from where we live that had some rentals. Staff was awesome, prices were good. So helpful. My wife wanted to get a Desert Eagle but I managed to convince her pretty fast that it was a bad idea for our first. Super expensive gun, super expensive ammo. That'd suck half the fun out of it for me and it's not really for self-defense. This weekend we shot a Walther P22 and a Beretta 92 FS. I'll tell you what, the P22 was fun as hell. $15 for 100 rounds isn't bad. .22 rounds make it perfect for target shooting. Like no kick, very comfortable in my hand, the magazines were super easy to reload. I struggled to be accurate on the first shot of each magazine. The double action on the 9mm is much rougher than the .22. After the first shot, the single action isn't bad at all. For my third time shooting, I did a solid job keeping my shots in the center. I'm leaning torwards a .22 just because of the price and how fun it was. It's so effortless to shoot that I could imagine firing tons of rounds per outing. Only downsides I'm seeing is from my research online, some people find the P22 to be a bitch to clean and put back together. Also, it's kinda picky about the ammo you use. Gotta be high velocity and not crappy. I liked it a lot compared to what I've fired previously but I'm always open to suggestions and can see if the range has one for rental. Gotta try it before you buy it.