Hi all, I know nothing about guns. For some reason I was always interested in guns, but my dad never let me have one. He said "guns are the worst things to ever be invented." I completely disagree. I just like the idea of having protection in my own home and I think it's a great hobby to have. My father threw away my first gun magazine I ever bought so I can learn. He told me, if he ever knew I was researching guns he would kick me out of the house. Well, I'm moving out alone in a month and I think it's time I took up my always desired hobby. So my question is, what is a good starter gun? I live in Illinois, I just applied for my FOID card and am looking to learn about guns and their rules and regulations. I am 180lbs very strong and pretty athletic. I am not worried about having a high recoil power type gun. I do want something that I know it won't miss fire. I like the idea of a cool, efficient gun. I was watching future weapons and he had an automatic rifle that was extremely efficient because of its design. I want a handgun (no rifle for now) I don't know the price ranges of ammo or guns but I do want to spend less than 2,000.00 I really want to keep it as cheap as possible for now. My ideal price for gun spending would be around $500.00 Like I said though I have no idea what a gun costs. Or where to even look for them.