Originally Posted by luv
Oh, I don't own one, and I would never even consider purchasing one until I learned to shoot and knew about safety and maintenance. Since I don't think people should be able to purchase a gun without a recent gun safety course certificate, I would not purchase one without having one.
You have thought it through and that is good. Now just do some research and talk with knowledgable people to find the right gun for you and your needs. Good luck, have fun, be safe and hopefully you will never need it to defend yourself~