I've been concerned about how much $$ I've been spending on 40 cal. range rounds so I bought a 22 cal. S&W 22A plinking pistol (on sale for $219 at Bass Pro Shops). It should pay for itself within a couple of years on ammunition savings. I'll still shoot my carry guns, but some of my range time will be spent with the less expensive rimfire.
I took it to the range yesterday to make sure it goes bang and to adjust the sites. Last evening I disassembled it for cleaning. While reassembling, the recoil spring got away from me and shot across the room. I ended up losing the plastic recoil spacer at the end of the guide rod. Fortunately, S&W had a spare one packaged with the gun.
All of my other guns are revolvers or DAO polymer pistols so I've never experienced that. Now I know what all the 1911 guys mean when they describe the spring flying across the room!