Originally Posted by Argyle_Armoring
Once you go Glock you never go back.
This is simply not true.
Look, Glocks are fine. They're light, simple, and reliable guns that can stand up to extensive use and abuse. They're also plenty accurate for their designed purpose. These are absolute facts. Glock offers a simple and ultra-reliable gun that just plain works. And their accessories are abundant and easily acquired, which is in fact a ligitimate attribute.
They're just not necessarily 'the standard' by which all others are measured. And that's where people on boards such as this roll their eyes at the Glock 'fanboys'. I have two Glocks, which means they comprise about 10% of my handguns. The grip angle/resulting sight picture can be a little annoying and I don't love the feel...but there's no denying that they're equal to whatever task I ask of them and they hit where I aim (once I sort out that sight picture or simply point-fire). Are they my best guns? Nope. Not even close. They're not even amongst the better half. But they're easily good enough, and I have absolute faith in their function. It just so happens that I could easily state the same about all of my other pistols.
Glock offers a good handgun with a number of attributes to respect at a fair price in my opinion. It's the basic 'one size fits most' gun for the masses. Personally, I'll pay an extra $100 for XDm (personal preferences, nothing more). And I consider M&P, FN, and various other similar polymers to be on par with Glock. Buy what fits you
. If that's Glock, have at it. Glock is plenty good. I wouldn't deter anyone from looking at a Glock...but I would recommend keeping a number of other doors open as well in selection process.
I think a G23 (with 9mm and 357sig conversion barrels) is one of the most versatile setups out there for under $800. That can work for economical range, carry, HD, woods gun in most of the U.S., etc. And that's why one of my Glocks is that exact setup.
Glock is simply one of many