I've got a 21st coming up this year, and I plan on doing two things with it. First, get utterly, legally smashed. Second, sober up and buy a new gun. Only question is, what should I buy?
As for what I'm looking for, this is going to be a strictly range gun. I'm going to be in school for a while, undergrad and (hopefully) grad, so I won't have the need or the ability to carry for a while. Quality and durability are very important. I want a gun I'm going to be able to shoot for the rest of my life, if possible. However, I can't see myself being able to spend much more than $1000, so keep "other" suggestions reasonable. I'm leaning towards stainless, as I'm told it's more durable and easier to clean than most blued finishes.
I currently own a Ruger Mark III (.22 LR, 7 inch bull barrel, stainless), and I love it. I generally shoot Federal Spitfire 31-gr JHP, because it's readily available and shoots as well as CCI for me, at under half the price.
A list of guns I'm currently looking at:
Ruger GP100 - DA Revolver, .357 Magnum, 6 inch barrel, stainless, $680
Ruger GP100 Double-Action Revolver Model 1707
I like the idea of being able to shoot both 38 special and .375 magnum, kinda like getting two guns in one.
Ruger Blackhawk - SA Revolver, .45 Colt, 7.5 inch barrel, stainless, $661
Ruger New Model Blackhawk Stainless Single-Action Revolver Model 0460
The family friend who introduced me to shooting says he really likes the .45 Colt as a round. Plus, he's got the equipment to reload, so I can get ammo relatively cheaply. SA should be fine for a range gun.
Kimber Stainless Target II - 1911, .45 ACP, 5 inch barrel, stainless, $1068
Kimber > 1911 Pistols > Custom II > Stainless Target II™
Pretty much the most expensive I can go. I'm going to get a 1911 at some point, and this one comes very highly recommended. Is it worth getting a 1911 in 9mm?
If none of these strike you, I'd love to hear your suggestions.