Although I grew up with guns, I probably went 25 years without shooting one until this past Spring when I took a concealed carry class. I just bought a 9mm XD mod.2 w/3" barrel and FDE grip. It's not my first gun, but it's the first one I ever researched and purchased on my own. I got it last week and got to fire it at the range this past weekend. I'm really pleased with my purchase and look forward to getting to know the mod.2 and the folks in this forum better.