wikipedia is a goddamn delight, but it cant give you the specific answers about particular experience that you sometimes need. you have to go to other humans for that. thats what this thread is for. i ask you something, drawing on your collective wisdom to help me out. and i do the same for you. i ask you how to make a roux, you ask me if you should take the 4 train to yankee stadium. yunno everyone wins. our collective wisdom is shared. all threads like this are an excuse for the OP to start with his own thing, so i will, i have a question. lets say i had 500 dollars in my pcket and wanted to buy a small handgun. i dont intend to shoot intruders or anything, but i like to go to the range or the sticks once in a while to mess around. i dont need stopping power, or any real quality at all. i think i can get by without a license if i buy at a gun show or something? do i need permits and shit? how much should i pay? should i go to a pawn shop? if i buy my gun when i visit my parents in baton rouge, how can i get it back to new york, checked baggage? is that allowed? is 500 enough for a competent gun? keep in mind i dont know anything about guns or care if it is good, i just think it would be fun to own a pistol.