Need a little help in the gun buying process
Taking the advice from Shipwreck's sticky for newbies, my wife and I have been frequenting a local gun shop that rents (Impact Guns in Ogden, UT). We've been there 3 times and each time we've shot a different caliber: 9mm, 40S&W, 45ACP.
SW99 - not impressed, the trigger felt terrible
Beretta 92fs - liked it, my wife's 2nd favorite... somwhat bulky
Some other gun I do not recall - obviously not very memorable
XD40 - did not like the way felt/shot
Sig P229 - felt great, but the rental gun was in poor shape and they're $$$
Some Taurus compact - very unpleasant to shoot
Springfield 1911 mil-spec - awesome
Kimber Ultra Carry - okay, somewhat unpleasant to shoot
Nighthawk Customs 1911 - didn't seem any better than the Springfield
The gun will be carried for protection while out hiking/backpacking, serve as backup home defense (shotgun is primary) and shot at the range for funsies and probably some practical pistol (I think my club does IDPA).
Based on our trying the different styles, we decided that we would prefer a "traditional" control setup with external hammer and safety and possibly a decocker... which eliminated the P99 a gun I had considered in my top 3 (I was not impressed with the SW99 anyway so it's probably just as well). Other than that, I liked a lot of the guns we fired that fit in that group. I figured my wife would only care for the 9mm's due to recoil and consequently I was already leaning towards a Beretta PX4. But she felt that there wasn't much of a difference in any of them other than the excessive muzzle flip of the 40S&W. Her favorite gun was the Springfield 1911. She shot it the most accurately, was comfortable with all the controls and just generally liked it. I was shocked as the 1911 probably would have been my #1 choice prior because of my affinity for Browning designs, classic looks and I like the 45ACP cartridge. So this all seems fine, it's my first choice it was her favorite... done deal. Well, I'm just wondering if it's the best choice. Part of me thinks we'd be better off buying a PX4 or similar 9mm and then we can get a 1911 down the road (though it would be because I wanted one... she'd say "we already have a gun, what do we need another..." you know how some ladies are :mrgreen:). The ammo is cheaper, the gun is cheaper, easier to clean (I gather from lurking here), more reliable (again I gather) and perhaps a better 1st gun (again, gathering). Then there is the idea of getting a .22 autoloader and doing a winter of indoor practical pistol and then hopefully being in a better position to make this decision, though getting a .22 now will stretch the budget a bit as we just moved and the gun purchase is targeted more for next spring. Okay, I'm done, sorry for the length... any pearls of wisdsom?