No, not my first handgun, since I own several including a Glock 19 and a Kahr P9. I am looking for a simple autoloader to carry in the woods and even thought of the .22 at first but since all handguns are defensive in nature the .380 sounded like the better choice. Necessary features would be a fixed barrel for accuracy and means of shooting single action with it. Double action first shot can be bypassed. Have a decent supply of .380 ammo in stock for a KelTek P3AT I failed to mention. I checked the Bersa Thunder .380, .22, Combat, Plus and the CC but for my purposes I think I want the Tried and true 7+1 Thunder. Several questions; What is the thinnest pair of grips made are would one need to buy the wood and shape them down? Also I've owned two pistols in the past that had magazine safeties in them. I removed them both and yes I kept the parts and replaced them when I sold them. How easy is it to remove the magazine safety bar and spring? Also do the pistols have loaded round indicators in them? Thanks in advance guys, I know it's a lot of questions for a first post. I was looking at the Maks but I believe I can get a new Bersa for the price.