Some info. about my usage: Ok, so I've been exposed to pistols and rifles all through out my youth. I grew up in Monterey county, CA so there was plenty of open country side to shoot guns and what not (family and friends owned ranches and country property). Durin' my early to late teen years I shot the following rounds from pistols; 9mm, .45, .22, .44 mag, .357 mag and .38 special. Along with several rifles but, I'm not tryin' to buy a rifle ATM. I've had training with the use of the 9mm Beretta in my Coast Guard basic pistol training course and the practical pistol course. Which I scored as a "marksman," which I later improved to "sharpshooter." But that doesn't matter much since the CG is gettin' rid of the 9mm for the .45 (edit: .40 hollow pt instead). Now that all that stuff is out of the way, I'm lookin' for a bit more guidance on my purchase of a pistol. I've read over the stickies, and some more threads here, but additional info. would be much appreciated. As of right now I'm interested in the Glock 19 or the 21. Though I'm kinda tired of the 9mm so maybe the 21 would be better for my taste. The gun wouldn't be used for anything other than range firing (since I live on Long Island now) and on standby for home protection. Thanks in advance you crazy gun freaks.