OK, I came into a little unearned income (member of a class action suit) so I was thinking on using a little of the money to purchase my first semi-auto.
I talked to the wife about the money and she was OK with it.
I have rented a few guns at a local shop and really liked to weight of the kel-tec PF-9.
The gun shop I was at didn't have any, and said they have a hard time getting them in lately. I went to another shop adn he had three. One in olive drab, one in grey and one in black. For some reason I kind of like the grey.
So I am looking at them and find a few issues:
The front sight dot on the black one is messed up. it looks like to "dot" isnt completely filled with paint. Probably something the shop can fix with a cheap touch up paint, but will it hold up to cleaning oils?
The grey model will not lock back the slide. The other two do lock open.
So I get to thinking, one of the salesmen I talked to a few months ago when I was test firing some of the guns asked me what I woud use the gun for.
I said I aleady had my snub nose for carry but I might be interested in joining a club and doing a little IDPA type shooting.
(Looks to me like most of the matches are set up for 6 rounds between reloads, which puts the round snub at a big disadvantage. )
He said that I should consider a larger easier to shoot gun for competition.
I got to thinking about it, and I tend to like to 40 caliber for some reason so I talked to the wife a second time and the plan now is to keep a little of the settlement money, add a little to the fund every week, and use the gift certificate she planned on buying for me for Chirstmas to purchase the gun.
Now I am thinking maybe a compact model Glock in 40 caliber is in my future. I don't think I would get the full size model because I may still want to carry it concealed at times.
Thoughts on other ones to consider. I really do not want manual safety, so DOA type trigger seems to be best. I may still switch to 9mm though because the ammo is cheaper, especially if I am going to shoot it in competition.