Nephew and Niece are wanting their first pistol. They’re interested in defense and fun, and they both can manipulate and control a full-on defense caliber auto pistol just fine, or more than fine, for beginners. I know; ask a hundred people, get 100 answers. Many of you have been shooting for decades and have fired 100s of thousands if not a million rounds or more in practice and competition, and so you have meaningful experience. They’re looking at a sale on an XD or XDm right now. I’ve also mentioned the M&P. I figure Joe will mention STI, and Tam might point to another quality 1911. Some will also say that a .22 is a good idea. I’m steering them away from a sub compact, toward a full sized pistol of some sort. They don’t want to spend over a thousand. Preferably much less.
I usually answer; “Buy the one you like” but when you’re first starting out, it’s hard to know what you’ll like. I did tell them they could rent at one of the logal gun store/ranges in their city and try a few.
I want to know about pistols you’ve really given some hard use. I haven’t been able to wear out my old G20, for example, after much trying. I looks like hell, it has the ergonomics of a cinder block (to quote J. Cooper) and the trigger feels like it was designed by gun owner haters, but it just keeps working.
What say you all?