So I lined up my choices. Glock, M&P, Kahr, Taurus, and SA.
First to go was the Kahr (cw9 and cw45). I have big hands and it didn't feel quite right when I was holding it. I believe we all know when a gun just "feels good".
Next was the Taurus (PT24/7GS .40), I liked it a lot, but between Glock, M&P, and SA, I just felt like it was a sports car vs. a super car.
The M&P (M&P40) was next. I loved it, I really, really loved it and it will be mine one day, however against SA and Glock, I knew that I would go with one of them. As I said, one day that gun WILL be mine.
So it was just the Glock (looked at the 32, 19, 26, and 23) and the SA (XDm.45 and .40XDSC). I love both guns, and like the M&P, I will own both one day. The Glock (23 in this case) has a great rep, as does SA (XDSC). The Glock had finger grips which I absolutely love, and both felt great in hand as well as both being .40's, which I wanted because I can follow up faster than a .45, but have more knockdown power than a 9mm.
So which was it?
I spent about 2 hours choosing a gun and out of that I chose the Gl...Springfield XDSC. The XDSC feels great, I like the grip safety, it came with an extended magazine so I can have the full length grip on range day, though finger grooves would have been nice I just felt a hair more comfortable with the XD. I will say that I have always liked the grip angle of the Glock but hey, I went American made and don't regret it.
That being said, once the XDSC is payed off, I'll be putting a Glock 23 on layaway, and an M&P after that.