Well, I'm a newbie when it comes to handguns, I've shot them before but have never owned one for myself; that all changed today. I purchased my first, a XD M 40. I did a bit of research and I really liked the reviews on this particular handgun. It's primary role will be home security, but since it's also my first, there will be a good deal of range time involed as well. Anyway, I am extremely pleased with the 40 so far and I expect I'll continue to be. As far as being a newbie, any advice or tips you are willing to offer up, I'm willing to listen. Thanks in advance.