After a month long process of selecting which pistol would be my first handgun, I ended up at the Glock 35. I have a local range here that has a wide selection of rental guns and it seems I tried them all (Sig, Beretta, H&K, Springfield, etc.). I was looking for a home protection and range gun, and the 35 felt and shot the best for me. I got it at the first of the year and have already put at least 1000 rounds through it. I keep getting better with it and have been having a blast at the range. For my next step I want to look into local competitions. Are they okay for noobs?