With a novice shooter I would avoid ALL of the "new" 22 pistols with a full slide, They all seem to be ammo sensitive and extremely vulnerable to limp wristing whitch I see as almost guaranteed by a young shooter. I would get a half slide pistol like a BuckMark or a Ruger "Luger", S&W makes one as do many others. These 22's seem to be willing to eat any ammo and accurately. The only down side is cleaning them. I have never seen a new shooter enjoy a constantly jamming gun.