I'm from Scotland originally and the only time I got to shoot handguns was on the Black Dog range when I was in the Army Cadets, Browning Hi Powers at bowling pins, then some nut job walked in to a Primary School and murdered children which lead to rounding up all the handguns in the country and banning them. I moved to the states after college and my first Handgun was in 2002, back in Rochester, NY. I applied for my pistol permit and my green card at the same time, the permit took 9 months to get back because 9/11 happened in the middle of it. Unfortunately at the time you couldn't rent handguns in the area so I had to go with what 'felt' right in the store and I got a Smith and Wesson Sigma 9ve, I couldn't hit a thing with it so I traded it in for a Beretta 9000 which my buddy bought off me when I moved to WA. Didn't shoot for a few years in part due to the fact I couldn't be bothered getting an Alien Firearms permit, but then I was able to buy a CZ82 in 9mm makarov for $250 shipped not long after I became a citizen. Then Sandy Hook happened and getting 9mm Mak was a pain so I sold it to my buddy and bought my Sig P229 even though I never wanted a .40 but hey .40 was always available. I recently picked up a Taurus 85 in .38 in trade for an AR15 barrel and that is the gun I carry. That's the long and short of it!