I'm waiting on my nys permit to go through, and trying to narrow down what I want to test fire if I can find one to rent before I buy. A friend of mine that's a local leo let me get a feel for his issue (just handling in house - didn't go to a range), and a compact w/a mag extension. I know I need my pinky on the gun, so sub-compact is out. I just don't like the feel of it dangling.
I put some down range w/my friends g17 - wasn't thrilled, but wasn't opposed. When the permit goes through, I was debating these 3, all in .40 cal. Want to get opinions on them - reasons why based on my research I like/don't like are noted. Wondering what others think maybe I should lean towards.
Glock 23: Like: No external hammer, reputation, reliability.
Don't like: No manual safety (i'm still not sold on the trigger/drop safety only), weight/balance on the 17 that I shot.
Beretta PX4 - Like: Balance/Feel/Weight of the Beretta I shot (not sure make/model - but was full size .40), external safety, multi adjustable back straps
Don't like: External hammer - afraid it'll get snagged on things.
Like: Reputation, look, external safety, ergonomics, multi adjustable back strap
Don't like: Grip safety
Still need to debate an M&P.
Out of the ones listed - I'm looking for your thoughts on the likes and dislikes I noted. There's a local range that rents - when my permit goes through I plan to shoot what I can get my hands on, but I know his selection is limited. I'm trying to narrow it down a bit before I go out and need to purchase. NYS won't let me test anything till I get my permit - so at the moment I'm looking for opinions and reviews. Thanks!