Originally Posted by ToothDoc
First gun? Get a .22 Learn to shoot it and with the money you saved on ammo, you can get a "real" gun. Browning Buckmark is a good pistol to start with - about $300 bucks and 20 bucks for 500 bullets. If you want an heirloom piece you can pass down for generations, get the Smith and Wesson Model 41 - about $1200 but it looks and shoots great! Then my next suggestion is to try out different guns at the range - rent them and see what you like. My 2cents worth...
Or, get the biggest gun you can fit in your hand(SW 500), buy six rounds for it and go shot. You will only be able to handle three rounds before your hand goes numb and you'll have three left over to show off to your friends.