Is how long it takes to get a pistol permit in my county. On the bright side, after I pay the $74 and get the permit, the renewal fee is $10 every 5 years... I'm in the market for a handgun, now. I've been watching Laketex and z3pr's threads, but they're a little too advanced for me to use to make a decision on my first handgun. I need more beginner's handgun advice. Thinking real thoroughly on it, I don't recall ever firing a pistol, although I've shot rifles years ago as a teenager... How massively different is a pistol from a rifle? What do I check when gun shopping? I've seen plenty of cool-looking guns, but have no clue how to judge their abilities and mine with them. Depending on this guy that might be helping me with the processing, my budget may be seriously low (lucky for me I found some cash I had stashed and forgotten, though), or may not be that bad. It's nowhere near $650, though... What kind of questions should I ask the guy behind the counter? Thanks, I know you guys know your stuff and will steer me right!