We've all mentioned some great models and they'll all give you very reilable service in my book. I agree that, in the end, the best one is the one that YOU like and more importantly, the one that YOU can use. The best rated, most expensive, and highest recommended gun does you no good sitting in a drawer because you don't like shooting it.
Asking 100 people "what is the best ____" is always going to get you 150 answers...:laughing
I know renting guns at ranges is becoming unpopular, but, if you can, it's best to actually get your paws on them and see how they shoot. At least get your paws on them for a few moments at the store.
Believe me, there will be those that just "feel" right, and those that don't. I know you've got your heart set on a full size, but, you may find you actually like the compacts better in the end..just depends on your hand size and what's comfortable to you. A compact can be just as handy for home defense as a full sized if that's what works better for you.
Let us know what you end up with and, if possible, take some pictures..we LOOOOOVE pictures!! :clap :thumsup
Good post. When I first went out to buy a gun, I was dead set on buying a Glock.
Why? Because that's what I heard the most about. I talked to a few people who said to make sure you handle the gun first to see if you like it. There are other mfgrs out there that are good and reliable.
When I went to check it out, I was ready to try a bunch out, but you know how it is when you go to "try out a bunch of ...whatever", but you know ultimately which one you are biased towards...for me it was the Glock.
So I tried out a bunch: Glock, Springfield, S&W, and Sig, etc.
Even though I was going to try the others and had already made up my mind on buying the Glock, I couldn't help but notice that the Glock was by far my LEAST FAVORITE!!
Keep in mind, I was going in to buy the Glock...no question.
I noticed that it didn't fit well in my hand, the handle was boxy and awkward for me to hold. It felt top-heavy and clunky in my hand...
So I gave the others another shot (this time with a more open mind).
I kept going back to the Sig, though.
It fit my hand perfectly.
It is all metal so it felt sturdy but not overwhelmingly heavy. AND it felt very balanced in my hand.
I liked the action (DA/SA)
Super easy to take down
When I laid them all out, the Sig was the coolest to look at (definitely NOT a high priority for buying a gun, but the gun had already passed all the important criteria).
So I went with the Sig.
The moral of my long story is, go in with an open mind. I didn't have a chance to shot any before I bought, but I spent a good amount of time handling the different mfgrs' products.
Very happy with my choice, and even more happy I didn't end up getting the Glock.