Traditionally I’m a rifle shooter. The last pistol (other than my Ruger Mark1 that I still have) that I had was a Astra A100 9mm.
No frills double action. 17+1 was ok for the price ($200 in 1998) but it was on the bulky side and in my experience wasn’t very accurate so I sold it (actually threw it in as part of a trade for a rifle).
Recently a friend of mine who is ex-law enforcement but still trains police on how to draw, shoot and holster drills has been dragging me out to the range to learn pistol tactics. He’s been letting me use his Glock 17. Personally, I don’t like it. It just doesn’t fit my hand right and it takes me an extra second to find my grip when doing drills.
Before anyone asks, I probably won’t CC and if I do I’ll probably just pick up a pistol specifically for CC. Far as home defense, I don’t expect I’ll ever have to use it for this reason, but it’s nice to know it’s available if I need it. So it will be mostly for training (which means accessories like a good holster will be important). Probably interested in a single action piece.
I went to a gun show this weekend and held and dry fired about 2 dozen different pistols. I really don’t want to spend a lot on my next pistol because I expect that after I spend some time with it I will probably refine what I like and don’t like, including possibly changing calibers. So I’m thinking in the $500ish range.
As far as feel and trigger I liked the Walther PPQ (though it was at the high end of the price range). I held a Sig P320 and while the trigger was a little softer the break was still clean and the price on the one I saw was fantastic ($399), but now that I’ve come home to price that I realize I probably should have bought it…lol.
Other pistols I saw and liked for ergonomics were the S&W 2.0, IWI’s Masda (apparently just came out) wThe H&K VP9 (though these were a bit pricey@$725 and the Springfield XD-9 (used was $399).
One other pistol, I’ve never heard of, is by Century Arms CENiK, but the dealers there were bragging it up.
Figure there are probably a few shooters here and for once it would be nice to talk about something we aren’t on opposite sides on…