Trying to decide on Ruger or Springfield
I want to get a 9MM, .40 and .45 so I can have one of each of the most popular calibers. My question is this, I have narrowed down my choices to standardize on Ruger or Springfield. I would love to hear the pro's and cons about Rugers. Are they reliable, any problems, relatively accurate? I am leaning to Ruger right now because I have heard they're rugged as a truck and keep on shooting but that was just one person's opinion. Please let me know your experiences good and bad. If I should go with springfield so be it, no problem but right now it is coming up 2nd on the list.
You have to choose for you
I agree with the above. Both reputable brands and I've had lot's of good experiences with Rugers over the years.
That said, I bought a Springfield XD in 45ACP last year and love it. The trigger pull isn't anything to write home about but the gun is one of the most comfortable, naturally pointing guns I've ever held. Recoil in 45ACP is very manageable for me (I have the 5") and the gun points very naturally back to the last point of aim after firing.
It comes down to what will work for you. The rental at the range idea is the best way. Failing that (some places don't have such ranges) failing that you need to hold each and examine them as to workmanship & features. Which "points" better for your hand and has the easier to use sight picture. You can replace sights with ones that work better for you but if holding the gun in a position that holds the sight picture is awkward for you then new sights won't solve it.
Whatever you end up with, make sure it's fun for you to shoot. A gun that's a pain won't get practice with and will eventually be an expensive paperweight in your arsenal.