Check out Bullseye in San Rafael. You can try XD's, Glocks, Smith and Wesson M&Ps, Walthers.
I would strongly recommend the Springfield XD's. They are extremely reliable, I have never had any misfires ever. You ever damage the barrel you can swap it out in 20seconds. They do have lifetime warranty. They are worth every penny, and you can choose from 9mm, 357, 40, 45acp. Anytime I go to Bullseye I drop at least 1000rds. My fingers usually hurt after loading that many.
For most starters, an XD40 or XD9 is a great way to go. In Cali, you only get 10rds, so I would say 40/45 is the way to go. Larger pop per trigger pull. The 40 is a decent savings when you drop lots of rounds though. My main shooter is an XD45ACP tactical in Olive Drab. I always go back to that one. I even ran my girl through a whole range of guns and she loves the XD45 as well
You ever wanna meet up I'm in the North Bay.
My girl with my XD45 w/Viridian SXD Green Laser indoor @ bullseye San Rafael