Hello everyone, I read a few posts here and see that there are some very smart knowledgeable people on here - and where better then for me to ask for some help about my first handgun! Just a little background on me as far as guns go, my family has never really done too much involving firearms - not to say we are against them as we have a few, but I do not go hunting nor does my father. I've always had great interest in firearms and history, so the two go hand in hand for me (WWII-era which I'm sure is popular for many, was the big thing that got me interested in guns). Our family doesn't have many firearms though. My father has a Ruger .22 pistol passed down from his father as well as some small .25 caliber pistol that I'm not certain of the brand, as well as a single shot 410 shotgun. I personally own a '33 hex receiver Mosin Nagant rifle that I purchased via Gunbroker - I really like shooting it and love owning a piece of history! I know some people have problems with Nagants being sticky and other things, but mine operates very smooth and gives me no trouble! As far as shooter skill, I'm not a complete beginner but I am far from anywhere near as good as the people I know are regulars at gun ranges so lots of really "gun" talk goes over my head - and I still occasionally make embarassing mistakes on how the gun operates (Though to be fair to myself, they are guns I'm not familiar with). Anyway, I turned 21 recently so since I am now legally able to own and shoot pistols I have an interest in buying one that will very likely become a CC for me once I am comfortable with it and have of course passed the CCW course. Now I've shot several pistols, the largest being a .357 magnum which I found fun - though I like a gun with some kick, but of course too much is never fun (Recalling a time I shot a lever action rifle chambered in 45-70 federal, now that left a sore shoulder after coming back from the range). Keeping in mind whatever pistol I purchase will be fully intended as a self defense weapon I'm having a hard time deciding what would be best for me to go with. I would like this handgun to be something I can still shoot regularly for fun at the range and to hone my skills at using so reasonable ammunition cost and availability is somewhat important. I absolutely want stopping power that will work on bad guys hyped up on drugs. I am open to both revolvers and semi-autos, previously I was dead set on a revolver for their low maintenance and my fear of the complexity of a semi-auto and their rather regular maintenance needs (to prevent jams in a life critical situation) - I still have great concerns about the complexity of some semi-autos in regards to regular cleaning but would be willing to learn. I am looking to spend around $400-$500 give or take. I am thinking if I chose a revolver it would be .357 Magnum (Though have concerns on the usage of this being so loud it would cause hearing loss since I'd have no ear protection in a life/death situation - and hearing is crucial to me since I listen to music so much) - in semi-autos I have been thinking something like .40 or .45 ACP. The Glock 23 looks interesting and is one I have been considering - simplicity certainly makes me comfortable with doing maintenance on it, but I've heard some criticism over their lack of a traditional safety and the fact they're a plastic gun though I place a large amount of trust in them due to law enforcement use. I've sort of been considering a 1911 .45 ACP style semi-auto as well, but I'd want a DA since the SA requires you to have the gun cocked at all times with a round chambered (Which leads me to believe I'd possibly want a Para). I'm not too well knowledgeable on the 1911's so I'm not sure who offers what in that regard. What would most of you think on a standard sized 1911 for EDC? I'm also curious to the "Glock clones" if you will that are made by some of the other companies that may perhaps offer different features that would improve upon some of the Glocks negative traits while maintaining their positive traits. I don't have any brands that I am against (little experience with most to be fair), so I'm open to suggestions. Hopefully I've given enough info to help narrow down what exactly it is I'm looking for. I am not opposed to purchasing a used gun at the $400-$500 mark but it would indeed need to be a nice one since I know I can obtain several ones I've been considering new at this price point. I'd also like to say as a point of clarification, I have always assumed that if I were carrying a semi-auto that one would carry it with a loaded magazine and the safety on - but no round chambered; It seems though that I see lots of people who carry these around with a round chambered at all times so that all one would need to do is pull it out, disable the safety and pull the trigger. How common are these two mindsets of carrying and how much risk is there in regards to these different ways of carrying? I'm not sure what to think about what to get though, I've noticed lots of people are highly preferential to some brands and opposed to others so I really want to get some more viewpoints - as unbiased and fair as I can get. The guy I talked with was big on Glock but not too knowledgeable on specifics of the 1911 style guns. Any and all advice is appreciated!