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New guy looking for advice on a couple good pistols.

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Hi guys, I'm looking for a couple good pistols, one in .22 and the other in either .40 S&W or .45 acp. The .22 will be for practicing and working on my form (I'm a shotgun guy and have fired a revolver once). I held a Walther P22 and liked the balance, but not the short barrel. I also tried a Ruger (nice, but much more expensive) and Beretta (in general bad taste). I also liked the Walther P99 in .40 and a Springfield GI stainless in .45. Both had good balance but the SA felt like it weighed twice as much. I held the Glock (don't remember the model) and just didn't like the balance or noise it made. The larger caliber gun will be a home protection piece until I can move to a better part of town; as such it will be the first line of defense for the three people in my household. Reliability trumps all other factors in this matter. What would you suggest I get? I would like the keep the price of .22 < $300 and larger gun <$750. Thanks a bunch and I'm sorry if I hurt anyone's feelings about a particular gun brand.
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Well that was quick. Thanks guys. I'll definately look at some .357s next time I'm at the candystore.
I haven't had the chance to go by the gunstore (I'm supposed to be working), but I can tell you that I'll probably practice at least once a month, as that's how often I go Sporting Clays/Skeet/Trap shooting. What about finding a used Security-Six, are they good to learn on? The GP100s I saw on Gunbroker were in the $300 to $400 range. Is that acceptable? You might detect that I'm a little partial to Rugers, and you'd be right.
I finally got to run by the store, a Ruger SS GP100 with a 4 or 6 inch barrel is $500. The Scandium S&W is $580. Taurus's .357 was about $430. I also looked at a Ruger Single-Six, SS, 6.5 inch barrel $400. Are these prices too much? I liked the Rugers, but man, are they heavy. The S&W had pretty good balance but I would have to replace the grips quick. Should I think about looking at pawn shop guns or stick with the new ones?
Ok, thanks guys. Looks like I'll hit the pawn shops and look for a Ruger or S&W medium size frame. I saw some S&W mod. 19s on gunbroker that looked real nice, too. I do want to buy at least one gun from this store I quoted prices from, as I visit about every other week, handle guns and never buy. I don't want him to think I'm just some kid with gun lust.
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