Russell Whitaker wrote:
> A number of Bay Area extropians have asked me privately
> my recommendations for a "first pistol". On average,
> ergonomics balanced with caliber issues, I'd say the
> Glock model 23 in .40S&W is a good bet.
Glocks are good weapons, no doubt, however the .40 cal (now called .40
Liberty, NOT .40 S&W by avid gunners) models do tend to suffer from
metal fatigue failures from peening in the slide if shot with +P ammo
regularly, and getting replacement parts from Glock is a minimum 6 month
Now, while I personally shoot a S&W 3914 9mm as my standard carry gun,
and the S&W titanium Airlite revolvers are also great, I will
categorically refuse to recommend that people buy any S&W products (I
bought mine prior to them caving in).
SIG and Ruger are two makers that I recommend new buyers look at. The
P94 and the entire P series is a great autoloader family from Ruger, and
for 'first pistols' I'd recommend the GP101 revolver.
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