Originally Posted by therewolf
This is all true, Dan.
I stand by my post, as the OP is looking for a "reliable"
pistol, and IME, NOTHING is more reliable than the 92.
In WWII, the Wehrmacht was satisfied with the power of the
9mm, and it had a history with them dating over 35 years.
Und zee vehrmacht lost, ja?
Just kidding. The caliber thing is pointless. Reliability and hitting your target is what is important. Any of the calibers that we have discussed are capable of getting the job done.
Next will be the platform war, of Glock vs 1911 ( I happen to like both very much).
To the OP try and disregard the strong feelings that folks will express about their choice in firearm and caliber. It does become a personal choice, and therefore often borders on the emotional level right below religion.
Colt, Glock, Berretta, Smith and Wesson, Springfield, and several other manufacturers make good quality guns that have track records for good reliability. My Beretta 92 and Glock 17, 19, and 26 have run flawlessly except when I introduced a very underpowered hand load of mine that was too weak to cycle the action of any of them. My Sig 220 has also never experienced a malfunction. My 1911s have run well. one of them has a 100% track record and the other failed when I was actually trying to make it fail, so it is still reliable in my mind.
If you stick with major manufacturers, and find a gun you are comfortable with and shoot well, then stick with it and practice often. No gun manufacture pays me to endorse their guns so, I don't have an particular loyalty to any one manufacturer, and have found that the big competitors all do pretty well.