Hey all, first I want to say that I stumbled onto this forum about a week ago and have read and learned quite abit, so thanks alot.
The reason I'm posting is because I'm currently in the market for a new 9mm autoloader. I used to fire afew different guns back in my college days but since getting married I haven't gotten much of a chance. On a whim I took my wife to the firing range one weekend and to my shock she loved it. We're now looking for our first mutual gun. It will mostly be hers, but I'll be using it too until we can afford to get a .45 for me down the road.
At the range she rented a Glock 17 and a Sig 2022 and she's fine with a 9mm, so I started researching the newest options available and was pretty overwhelmed. Out of the two we shot we're both big Sig fans, we just couldn't get used to the Glock too much for some reason. We even fired more rounds with the Glock and then switched back to the Sig and both were more accurate and liked the feel of the Sig more. So we've been looking at our options and I think we've narrowed it down to these few, what do you guys think?
Sig Pro 2022 or P250 - We both liked the Sig 2022 alot. I like the trigger and firing speed of the Sig quite abit. We saw the P250(but couldn't fire it) and both thought it would be nice. I've always liked Sigs, but I'm pretty open. I'm not sure if the P250 being striker fire will fire more like a Glock, but I know the 2022 is solid for us.
Ruger SR9 - Seems similar to the Sig but alittle cheaper. Have heard great things about this gun from friends. I really like the look of this pistol, but have never held it in person.
Springfield XD(M) - The XDM seems kinda expensive for afew extras but my wife loves the feel of it quite about. The regular XD is nice too, but it seems so much like a Glock. Alot of people at the range that I've talked with though have said they don't like the Glock but do like the XD. It does have nicer ergonomics and comes in some nicer finishes then the others. I do like how they add in quite abit of stuff that comes with it, and the trigger on the XDM does seem very nice.
FNP-9 - Once again a gun that seems similar to some others, but abit cheaper and nice looking. Unfortunately none of these were in stock so we couldn't even hold one(much less shoot it).
So those are our top choices right now. We also looked at the S&W M&P but it seemed kinda pricey for what it was, especially for being our first.
We want a new gun that can be used for both fun target shooting at the lanes and home protection if needed. We'd like to spend $500-$600 but can flex in either way abit(especially lower!).
Thanks for all the input.