Gotta start somewhere, right?
Hello hello! First time poster here and recent its-time-I-begin-carrying user. Not for any particular reason, but just going along the lines of having our first house now and battling the awful thought of how I would feel if I would be caught in a situation where I could not adequately protect my family. To say the least, I'm going to be getting my license to carry along with a handgun in the coming months (expenses are tight for now - home renovation and an upcoming wedding are rockin our savings right now).
Since I have learned an incredible amount from online forums and whatnot, from anything ranging from the brakes on my car to renovating my bathroom (just got done laying the tile floor), I figured I'd scope out a firearm forum and start reading and blabbing to see what can come about... so... here I am!
I've been to shooting ranges and had my fair share of firing off a few shots, but I can't seem to recall what in particular I was shooting. I'm planning on going to the range on a more frequent basis to try and get acquianted with as many pistols as possible prior to purchasing. I'm pretty certain that a 9mm of some sort would be a decent first choice (but if anybody has a different recommendation, I'd certainly welcome it). The problem is there are so many handgun manufacturers out there, and of course I don't want to snag some chinese plastic knockoff. There's little doubt that the 1911 is the most asthetically appealing firearm to me, but I'm not sure it's by any means a practical choice for me considering the size of the firearm as well as the typical price of a 1911. Of all of the reading I've done recently, the Ruger SR9 keeps coming up on my radar. Not to sound like a lamer, but the looks of the firearm appeal to me, and the reliability and accuracy factors seem to be extremely well thought of on the SR9. Considering I don't exactly want to drop a truckload of cash on my first firearm, this seems like a decent deal.
There have also been various Berettas and Glocks that jumped on the radar. Other than that my current list is quite short. Like I said, I'm trying to scout out 9mm firearms, but open to alternatives if anybody thinks there's a more practical option. With that said, can any 9 owners out there throw a recommendation on the table so I can do some more research in a more guided fashion?