Considering purchase of first handgun. Been doing research. Usage will be 90% range shooting, 10% conceal and carry. Primary objective is (a) accuracy/easy to shoot (b) safety (c) reliability. I have no bias to certain manufacturers as I see many do from other threads I've read. The #1 on my list to try is Walther PPQ - appears to have nicer trigger pull and ergonomics than Glock but some say a little more recoil - seems like no big deal in a 9mm? Excellent reliability. #2 Glock 19 Gen 4 - duh #3 Caracal CP661 - Yes, I know these are from UAE and the previous gen was recalled, but if they got it right on the 2nd gen, this could be the best shooter out there. Great trigger like the Walther but I believe this has the lowest centerline out there as a reputation for being a very easy/accurate shooter. Still many shun this newer non-Euro or non-US manufacturer which was wise initially hence the recall. I heard they are being manufactured in Germany I think now. I guess it might still be a dice roll but a beautiful gun that would be unique at the range. Honorable Mention S&W M&P - Low on the list due to the not so good trigger pull (from reading multiple reviews) compared to the Walther. Still a good gun. XDM - I'll try it, but on paper and in reviews, it doesn't seem to stack up well with the Glock or the Walther. Here's an issue though on safety. Being a beginner, I'm a bit apprehensive carrying a striker fired gun with a very light trigger pull. The chances I would ever have to use the gun, statistically, are extremely slim (I don't frequent environments where safety issues are probably.) So I suppose I could carry without it being cocked. Yes, I know, it could be the difference between shooting the guy lunging at me with the name versus getting stabbed in the time it takes me to pull the slide back. That's a risk I'm willing to take as I firmly believe, for me, and my life situation, the type of situation I would be in to pull my gun would involve using the threat of it as a deterrent and pulling the slide back puts an exclamation on that threat. I'm not a cop, a drug dealer, or have meth labs on my street. I think more common would be a home defense situation in which case if I heard someone I'd have time to cock the gone. If they sneaked in without waking me, I couldn't do anything anyway. I sort of laugh when considering these situations. I'm really buying this gun for "sport" and maybe to pack with me while hiking by myself. I live in one of the least dangerous areas of the least dangerous cities in the U.S. So, this leaves a Dual Action pistol. At the range I can cock it and use it as single action. When carrying I can let the first pull be dual action. But does anyone carry a dual action pistol where the single action trigger pull is on par with the Walther or Caracal or will a single action pull on a dual action gun not even come close?