Comments: Violence Begets Violence Part Four: Hand Tools

What, no Glocks? Glocks are hella tough, reliable, and mechanically simple to operate and maintain (for a semi-auto) - all pluses for the novice. They're available just about everywhere, too.

Granted, a new Glock is a bit higher in MSRP than the ones you quoted, but it's not all that much more in real life pricing. Or you can get a used one for about (quick look on Gunbroker) $100 or so below new. While I guess it's *possible* to get a used Glock in bad mechanical condition, I don't know if it's all that likely.

I'm not just cheerleading here - I know Glocks are not the finest firearms ever to grace this earth and there's controversy regarding their safety design. But given their wide acceptance, relatively low price, dead-solid reliability (possibly excepting certain caliber loadings) and simplicity of operation - IMO they're a very viable choice for the newbie interested in self-defense with a handgun.

Posted by Cliff S. at August 9, 2006 04:33 PM

Nope, no Glocks. They're a bit pricier than what I was going for & even if they weren't I don't recommend them. Polygonal rifling plus an unsupported chamber? Not to mention they're uglier than hell. & a safety on the trigger? All of those combined to disenchant me with them a long time ago. By all means use them if you want to, but I don't & I don't recommend them to others. if you want those glock-like features that are so often touted then get a revolver. If you want an auto-pistol then get an auto-pistol, not a glock. Now if you want a hand grenade... :)

Posted by Publicola at August 10, 2006 04:01 AM

You covered the low to midpriced range well, and had some great suggestions. Though you left the high-mid to high end off.

You did not mention sig sauer, Heckler and Koch, kimber, Springfield Armory, beretta, smith and wesson. I am sure i missed someones favorite.

Taurus recently came out with a 600 dollar 1911. The xd by springfield will run 500 to 600. The M And P by smith and wesson is listed at about 630. Beretta has the Px4 listed at 600 and the 92/96 Series listed at 650 to 850.

I think many of those guns are perfect for the serious beginner whose budget is not as restrictive.

Posted by cube at August 20, 2006 03:24 PM