Internets to the rescue
One thing that the internet has led people to do is research new purchases online. This can be good – it can also be bad. Asking most gun forums what your first handgun should be will, usually, result in the following responses:
1. Don’t get a handgun, get a rifle and learn to shoot first.
2. GLOCKS GLOCKS GLOCKS
3. STFU NUB FAGOTS DICKS KILL YORSELF BUTTHURT U MAD LOL
4. 1911 1911 1911
5. Try various firearms and see what fits you, before you buy.
Although I agree with the first and fifth responses to varying degrees, I’ve known more than a couple people who took the advice of the Glock/1911 crowds and made that their first purchase. And some of them were happy with that purchase, so again, YMMV.