Quality Handgun for Security/Executive Protection Detail
I'm considering purchasing a new handgun and would appreciate your guys' input on weapon choice. I'm looking for a handgun that is tried and true, tested in the field. Stopping power, accuracy, durability and overall quality are characteristics I'm taking into consideration. (Preferably not a revolver) I work within the private security field and need a handgun that can weather the environment, be reliable, fast and still be able to keep grouping tight.
-- Also if you have a favorite tactical holster, or set of holsters, that go along with your weapon choice be sure to mention them. Cuts out a lot of trial and error on my part which definitely makes me happy :)
-- Thank you
A little more clarification
Thanks for redirecting the flaming and beginning to be more constructive. I understand entirely that there are the moronic people out there that think life is a giant James Bond film, and that forums such as these are probably a common breeding ground so I take no offense.
In response to some of the questions let me tell you a little bit about my past experiences and such so that you can better grasp the point I'm at and help me from there. I have owned and been around firearms in my family and personally for most of my life. I started out in Trap/Skeet competitions and loved it, then moved on to rifle. After shooting traditional target rifle for some time at the range I snatched up an AK-47 and AR-15 when the assault weapons ban lifted, more as a possible investment then anything practical as I thought the ban might be re-applied soon. I have fired several handguns but this is where my experience is very limited, in Ohio where I live I can not own (or even handle in a store for that matter) any handgun until I'm 21 so I'm admittedly brand new to this type of weapon.
I have in the past played Paintball and Airsoft and I fully recognize the benefits gained through decision making skills while under pressure and the ability to have self control while under the effects on adrenaline. In these situations I think I did pretty well, I tend to keep my cool and not freak out (then again they aren't real bullets but I guess to a certain degree it applies). I've been in a couple of fist fights and, although I try to avoid a fight erupting as much as possible, I tend to excel in those. Not because I'm a kung-fu master or anything, but because it seems everyone I've fought lets the moment get the best of them and they turn into some arm swinging machine, which makes fighting them pretty easy since most of what they do either doesn't make any sense or is a waste of energy. HOWEVER, I also recognize the disadvantages of things like airsoft and paintball...such as bad habits being formed by taking cover behind an object that may stop a paintball but wouldn't stand up for a second against a 7.62 round haha.
Overall I'm assertive, I think shit through and I've been good in being "that guy" that steps forward. I've been in post-disaster situations (not tactical in any way but still high stress) and I do well at performing under stress, in a SHTF scenario. Currently I don't do any high-profile crazy security stuff or anything, my friend has me working at normal rent-a-cop type details, but I would like to train and eventually once ready expand my horizons down the road, slowly moving my way up. Not to mention, whatever tactical skills I could gain could possibly benefit me in my military career. I'm simply looking for some guidance on how to go about entering this field and working my way up through skills and such. Recommendations on equipment of any type are welcome because if I'm gonna buy anything, I'd rather buy something meant for "the task" and avoid problems that you guys may have already encountered. I'm just trying to think ahead. Let me know if you have advice, I'm new, I welcome anything you throw my way.