I'm looking mainly for something to carry in the woods when I'm out by myself. I've been doing some research, and I definitely plan on getting some good training. I've used a rifle and shotgun some (still pretty green with those) but have only shot a handgun a few times with close supervision Here are some of the things I'm hoping it'll do for me: 1. ammo is cheap enough to do plenty of target practice 2. general self defense 3. be able to take care of any varmints I come across (got beavers in our lake, which is manmade and has a dam ) 4. beginner friendly! I know the four safety rules - my dad got those fixed in my head when I started shooting. But I'm still new to shooting. I'd sure appreciate any thoughts you all have on which gun I should get. I don't really plan on concealed carry, but it's definitely in the realm of possibilities. Mostly I think I'll be carrying on my hip. I don't really have a preference between a revolver and a semi-automatic. What features should I look for? I'm intending to take somebody with me to buy one that knows guns and knows how to tell whether one fits me.