Like many shooters, I start with a 22 cal pistol. There are numerous reason for this:
1. Relatively inexpensive pistols
2. Clubs do initial orientation and qualification on 22 semi-automatics
3. Clubs often have numerous 22 pistols for members to use until they have their own.
4. Ammunition is very inexpensive
Even once one has other large firearms, the 22 pistol is the most inexpensive way to practice technique on an ongoing basis.
My present 22 semi-automatic is a Browning Buckmark, shown below…