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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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As for you handling the Walther P-22 and thinking it was to short they do have a 5in version. I have a 3.5 in version and I Love it! It is a tack driver (for a gun with a 3.5 barrel) and seems to get more accurate the faster I pull the trigger! It eats all kinds of ammo and likes them all. I have only had a couple of jams and they were after alot of rounds it one day (dirty dirty). For a $250 plinker you cannot beat the Walther P22 with anything in my opinion.

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