Newc: Sir; your simplest and best value; RENT and shoot many different makes and models.
All have a different ?feel? What I like in certain models you may not enjoy.
All the major firearm companies have sound products. Some cheaper than others. Price ranges???? Where ever.
I enjoy Glock, SW, Ruger, Remington and have some of each. Single Actions to semi auto. Have enjoyed shooting XD's, Kahar, and many more.
Recommending should fall into 'rent and shoot' don't lock yourself into one brand or one cartridge.
Shoot them all and one will ?feel? and you have it.
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