Originally Posted by Watkima
No place nearby to try them out before buying them. Would appreciate some input.
I'm a fairly recent handgun shooter (last summer) and come w/o preconceived notions
. I was fortunate enough to have a range of handguns available to me and tested Springfield, XD, Sig Sauer, M&P, Berettas (Storm and 92), Kahr, Ruger and Glocks, every week over a two months time. I liked the look and feel if the Berettas the most but had to ask myself in the end, which was the easiest to shoot with. The answer was Glock, hands down (to my own disappointment initially, I might add). I picked up the 19 rather than the 17 to be able to have the option to carry it.
I quickly got over Glock's "ugly look" and the beauty is in its flawless function. I have since picked up a 17 as well to get the full size feeling at the range, as well as a triplet of German Sig Sauers in various sizes and calibers (228, 226, 220 in 9mm and .45). I really really like to shoot my Sigs, they deliver so much more "sophistication" and character than the Glocks, but if was going to carry something concealed, I will reach for the 19. I currently have a Glock 20 on lay-away that aside from its native 10mm will allow me to get separate slides, barrels and springs so I can shoot .40, .357Sig, and .45. That speaks volumes in how well these guns are put together and how versatile they are.
But my Gen 3, 19 (I don't mess with Gen 4), will stay just as she is, dependable, loaded and ready. I would consider a 92 model but since I haven't paid more than $400-500 for any of my current guns, it's hard for me to motivate the extra cost for what it takes to take home a Beretta. I wouldn't mind a stainless 96 in .40...