I'm currently saving up my toy money for a Ruger MkII pistol.
Good choice. I have one myself, great gun to learn on.
This will be my first pistol and I fully understand that I'm taking the first steps down a long path of shooting but at some point (and sooner rather than later) I'm going to want to get into some sort of regular competition. preferably club level at first and see where it goes.
Yeah, good for you!
Disclaimer: I don't expect to win. I don't even expect to do well. In fact at first I sort of hope I DON'T do all that well. I also own and shoot a remy .410 at the 5 stand trap and my personal best is 8/25 so far. I expect a long road of work towards improvement and I enjoy the challenge of bettering my last score. I don't care what the guy next to me shoots and honestly i don't care to know my score till the end of the round. Missing a lot doesn't discourage me. it doesn't upset me. it's not a waste of targets, ammo and entry fee's. it's a journey that i find quite satisfying.
We need more guys like you and less of the BS I see at some comps. You are supposed to have fun, do your best and... LEARN. Learn to be a better shot next time, [u]always[u/] give it your best otherwise what's the point? Main thing is, just relax and have fun - you're amongst friends that share your very passion so just be yourself.
So give me your ideas. what should i be looking for?
Like you said, start with the rimfires (.22's) as they are cheap to shoot, you can shoot a lot and learn basic marksmanship skills. After doing that for about a year, move to another caliber and another disipline. Good luck.