To answer your question, hand gun. I'm not sure about hunting with a rifle. I don't really have any friends that hunt. I might enjoy it, but just don't know the people.
Why a handgun? Mostly so that I know how to use one should I need to. I'm not sure yet if I will purchase one, but I figure I should know how to shoot. I think it will lead towards the purchase but I'm just not "there" yet.
Thanks for the responses thus far.