Hi, I heard about the forum from a member. I'm new to firearms and here to learn more about them at my advanced age of 53. Handguns for now, perhaps rifles later. Aside from personal protection in the community and at home, I spend time camping and traveling in remote areas. After coming across critters with big teeth a few times, it feels like time to learn more about firearms. I finished an approved saftey course yesterday and looking for the "right" first purchase. I live in the Roseburg, Oregon area.