i've thought about buying a gun for a olong time, years in fact. there seems to be an overwhelming number of makers and models out there and i put some thought into what kind of gun i want, maybe you can help me. here's the criteria, hopefully there is at least a few guns to choose from... non revolver so its gonna have to be a pistol. as powerful as it can be as long as the bullet stays within the target. i dont want to shoot at someone breaking into my house and having the bullet go through them and through some walls in the process, i want it to hit them and make them go down. not sure if this realistic BUT...i'm figuring for close combat defensive shooting. of course the round makes a difference but...lets stick with caliber first and go from there. practical. i dont want nor do i need the latest winkwonk composite whatever. i want the materials to be simple (not cheap and poorly made, big difference) inexpensive, doesnt have to be top of the line but i dont want a cheap saturday night special either. remember its a first gun purchase so something in the middle of the road as a "baseline" is what i'm going for. durable. if i drop it it better not fall apart or break, just in case i get butterfingers. pics of your suggestions would be nice! also what round would you recommend with the firearm you suggest?