Ah, this meme. One of my faves.
When asked by n00bies what to get, or if I was a gunstore clerk:
With women I recommend getting a variety at the range rental counter to try out, and try mine, and see what they like and what suits them and their needs. If they have no specific preferences and are rank beginners I recommend the one they liked and shot well, speed and accuracy and fun wise. I avoid the guns on the margins, like gargantuan recoil cannons and mini heaters, unless they tried one and like it, of course. But hey, if they like the .44 magnum Derringer... more power to em.
For men, I say, "Get a custom high dollar 1911 for your first gun, unless you are a baby or something. You're not, are you? A baby? HUH?!!!" And I look at them askance if they balk at that suggestion. Sheesh. Put yer big pants on, Mister.
A parable on Obamacare - Here endeth the lesson.
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