I would have to say the Glock. The reason is the proven reliability. That's the reason why they have not changed the design by much all this time. There is no external safety to fumble with. You just pull the trigger and it will go bang just like a revolver.
I've got an M&P 40c. Man what a pistol. The ergonomics is what has me convinced that my next one (pistol) will be an M&P as well. I've posted about a 45 on another thread. I think after going to the gun show last weekend in Ft. Lauderdale, that if I don't get the M&P 45c next, something may be wrong. Why? Well, the balance, ergonomics, and the way it points all seems natural. So much so that I've fogotten about getting another shotgun or rifle and have started to build my concealable pistol collection now.
This guy goes in this bar asked the bartender to line up 10 shot glasses of whiskey says fillem all up,he then takes a shot then looks in his pocket,repeats this 6-7 time bartender say im sorry to be so nosey but why do you take a shot then look in your pocket the man replies simple i keep a pic of my wife in there when she starts to look good i go home.:laughing
Got to be a Glock. Easy to work on, low cost, durable, reliable, cheap to work on....for the everyday gun, go Glock. For everything else get a nice 1911 or three....maybe four or five. Isn't that why they make very large gun safes?
The big three named will not likely lead you astray.
Ergonomics of the XD and M&P IMHO are superior to the Glock.
However, I own the Glock for most of the reasons named above. Proven track record is a valuable thing.
Another less important but useful benefit of the Glock, is the likelyhood of a larger selection of aftermarket accessories.
Case in point, the Pierce finger extension that I have on my G26 has made my firing both more accurate and more comfortable. The Fobus ankle holster I use was $30.00 and easily located at a plethora of locations online and in brick and mortar shops.
The Glosk's grip is on the wider side whereas the M&P just melts into the palm of the hand. Likewise the XD is a bit easier to hold, but its center of gravity seems higher to me. Similar to a Sig in its design, which for me is just something I do not prefer.
The Smith M&P may win in the price department as they are eager to win market share away from the famous Glock brand while ,of course, fending off the competition from Springfield. Thus, the "Next best gun" may be a M&P.
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