A First Handgun For a First Time Poster
I have neither owned nor shot a firearm that wasn't a BB gun. Nonetheless, I am looking to buy my first handgun(s) and can absolutely see myself becoming a connoisseur of firearms on a tactical, practical, sporting, collecting, and tin foil hat level.
I am looking to spend a maximum of $2500 for 2 or more handguns. There is a second budget for accessories and ammunition. I am not necessarily trying to cover my bases with this purchase. I am also not particularly trying to get the most handguns for my dollar. I intend to do something along the lines of firearm purchase every year after this in the decades to come.
In order to narrow things down a little my criteria is as follows
Caliber: .45acp, .40sw, or 9mm (redundancy allowed)
Magazine Minimum Capacity: 8(+1), 10(+1), 12(+1)
Composition: Metal over Polymer but I’d go both ways.
Must have a rail
Action: SAO, DAO, SA/DA, DAK, I do not care.
Size: Any – I won't ccw for awhile but will eventually.
Exceptions: I would certainly consider a revolver chambered in a .45 variant such as .454 Casull
Nuances: In the great debate I support the 1911 over the Glock for largely unfounded reasons. Despite that, I would still purchase a Glock without concern.
I feel that if I where to purchase a 1911 I would want to wait a few years and purchase a safe queen. Something that would only see that light of day in an open holster on trips to expensive steak houses in red states (I assume that is what you do there).
I like brand names that may suffer from the Veblen Effect and would almost defiantly rule out the likes of CZ and Taurus. In other words I have a natural bias towards HK.
Considerations: If I was to call something a nightstand gun I think I would be looking for something with as much .45acp as possible and the ability to easily install (not requiring drilling or 3rd party assistance) aftermarket red front and rear green tritium sights. Thus far it seems that the FNH FNP-45 and Glock 21 fit that void if any of my opinion on what a nightstand handgun should be is intuitive.
For a workhorse .45 I've so far considered an HK 45, Sig Sauer P220 w/ a long beaver tail (ex. Elite Dark, Scorpion etc.), Colt Rail Gun, Sig 1911 w/ rail, or a SW 1911 w/ rail.
For a 9mm I've considered HK P30, HK P30L, Beretta 92A1, Beretta 92FS, M9A1, Sig P226 w/ a beaver tail, or a Sig P229 w/ beaver tail. No reasoning for the beaver tail affliction.
For a .40 I've considered a Sig P226 Elite Stainless or Sig P229 Elite Stainless under the assumption that a heavier gun leads to reduced recoil.
As a filler, beater, mass market sorta handgun I've considered a P250 2Sum, Glock, S&W M&P,
Springfield XD or XD(m), Ruger SR9/40, Ruger P345, Beretta PX4 Storm, Steyr, or a Walther PPQ.
So there you have it in a rather long first post.
What would you do in my position?
Thanks for any and all replies.
PS: I intend to rent/borrow test as many as possible before purchasing.