Looking around for my first handgun...
Hello everyone, I'm quite new here and REALLY new to handguns. I've never owned a firearm of my own, but I've fired several shotguns and rifles. I actually got somewhat decent at a Winchester 30'06 shooting target practice. BUT, I've never even fired a handgun. I'm gonna pick up a pistol soon, and I'm doing some checking around about what I should buy. This site has been awesome, I've learned a lot here without even posting. Thank you all for your wisdom.
I've handled a few, but havn't actually fired any handguns. I'd like to go with a semi-auto. I'd like to have it primarily for home defense (I live in Baltimore suburbs, and crime seems to be creeping this way) I also just have a general affection for guns, so I'll spend a lot of time at the range. I really like the feel of the Glocks I've had my hands on, so my prime attention is on a G19. I'm figuring that starting with a 9mm is a good idea to get the feel for a handgun,(and for cheap ammo!) and I can always move up from there if I wish.
To get to the point, I'm in the market for a good starter pistol, in the class of a G19. Something like a Walther P99, or Beretta PX4, or whatever else. What would be your recomednation if you were in my situation? I know, fire them all and see what you like, but that may not be practical. I know I liked the handfeel of the Glock, but what else should I be looking at? Thanks in advance for any help!