Please buy a 9mm. The ammo is alot cheaper and more plentiful in types, and the recoil difference is not much different than the .380. The .380 has a definite place, but as a starter pistol I really can't see any advantages at all of it over the 9mm. Not only will you in general spend more for ammo with the .380, but the defensive loads for later use are trying to make up for a marginal stopper (and I own a PPK/s .380). 9mm much more versitile and a "major" caliber. I think Kel-tec makes 9mm. I own Glock 26 which is in the same price range kinda.....BTW, the Tru-Glo sights really add alot to the Glock, and I'd consider these as an add on.