Boy, did you open a can of worms! I personally like Glocks. I've had several of different calibers and sizes, sold 'em but ended up buying others. They are NOT like other handguns from the past. They do not have a long history of winning the Indian wars, etc., but they are accurate, shoot when you pull the trigger, easy to clean, pretty much don't jam, inexpensive, and almost impervious to chemicals, stains, rust, etc. There are other guns like the Glock, some better, some not as good, depends on what you think and like. Once you decide to get a plastic gun, there are lots of choices. Go rent some and shoot them. I like the G26 and it is the perfect size for an accurate CCW. I had a G27 (.40 cal.)that I really liked. Traded it off only because I thought I needed something else more. I've got the big G20 10mm Glock now. Too big to carry most of the time, but it's a powerhouse and I love it. People love to bash the Glock, not sure why. Buy what feels good to you. Good luck. And your Coastal Bend salt air won't hurt it!