This would be my first handgun purchase. For that matter, I've never even shot a handgun, I've plinked with .22 rifles and BB guns years ago but that's about it. Points for: I figure it'll be good to learn with since I don't really know what to expect out of a bigger caliber pistol or how to handle one and that's kinda intimidating to me. MK4 is pretty inexpensive, even new, and ammo is dirt cheap. Lots of neat accessories if I feel the need to waste money. Points against: I read it's a pain to take apart all the way, though apparently that doesn't have to be done much, mainly just removing and cleaning the barrel... or something like that. This doesn't worry me all that much, I'm sure I can find help if I need to. Useless for defense, I'm not really concerned with that, I'll just be learning how to shoot holes in paper (and soda cans and small objects). I will of course look into taking one of the NRA courses if I do buy. Any thoughts, recommendations, flames?