Sorry title is bit misleading, too late for me to change, I spent $350 over course of three visits to the range this week. Hi, I just spent over $350.00 at range testing over like 20 guns in last three days. I tested everything from 9mm, .40, .45 caliber Glocks, S&W M&P, Sigs, Springfields, H&K. Well, I can see jsut holding the gun at a gun shop doesn't necesarily determine how the gun will shoot. It seems different grips helped me at differnet calibers. When I first held the glocks the first time, I really hated them. But after shooting the glock .45 cals and glock .40 cals, I really seem to do good with them. I did bad with the sub compact .40 cal glock, but I did good with the full size glock .40 cal gun. I just couldn't figure it out, but I was really able to hit targets very well with the .45 cal subcompact double stack glock. For some reason this little gun agreed with me and the grooves of the grips molded into fingers perfectly. I am more accurate with that powerful .45 subcompact glock than I was with full sized springfield XD 45 or S&W M&P 40. I was more accurate with full size glock .40 than with S&W M&P 40. ALl this could just me not understanding the gun, rather than the gun being inferior. AMazing, I really sucked with the Glock 19 (compact 9mm). Don't know why, I pointed and it missed. It was the end of the day and I think I just waasn't payijng attention. However, I seem to be dead on with S&W M&P. In 9mm the M&P really felt to be decent because it didn't snap as much as the glock. THe opposite seemed to be true when comparing Glock .40 Compact or Full Size to the S&W M&P. Strange... I really sucked with Kimber 1911s. The slim rectangular shape really screwed me up as a newbie, since I had the happen of jerking it. I was much more accurate with teh groove shaped GLock .45s that seem to fit my hand and prevent horizontal or vertical movement. It helped increase my accuracy at same distances. I know with practiec I would be able to perhaps utilize whatever makes a 1911 better, which I don't quite know yet, but I just hear it is better. I have determine for the most part, that you can really be good with any gun if you practice with it, unless the grip is truly out of the ordinary, there is no reason why you cannot learn the way a gun is suppose to function. The whole thing of which gun feels good to you, seems to be out the window when your at the range shooting them. Like at first I hated the Sigs and couldn't hit anything. Then I slowed down and started figuring out sigs and realized they were sensitive when moved but if kept steady they were more accurate than the others. So, I started out bad, but later really was able to hit targets dead on with Sig. So my first impression threw me off. And the bulky grip didn't seem to matter after that. This is just my range report and experience of me the newbie and how the different guns I rented seem to be in my experience. I have lot to learn, but I am not spending anny more money at range renting guns. So, it is time to decide. I am really not sure which way to go. I want to get 3 handguns. I wanted a forest gun, but I think I will wait 5 months until I get some more handgun training before I go the big revolver route. For now I am thinking of some different guns to buy for different situations: My Carry Piece in warmer months, with less clothing: 1. Compact .45 Glock G30 (My Preference for now) 2. Compact or SubCompact .45 S&W M&P 3. Compact or SubCompact 9mm S&W M&P Larger Carry Piece, for colder months, with more clothing: 1. S&W M&P 9mm (My Preference for now) 2. Glock 22 (.40 cal full size) 3. Glock 23 (.40 cal compact) 5. Springfield XDM 6. Sig 9mm or 40 7. Glock 21 (.45 full size) 8. Beretta PX4 (Never fired, but heard only good things about it) Pocket Gun: 1. Ruger SP101 without hammer (I hear is the best for the money, My Preference) 2. S&W 642 Pro 38SP 3. Ruger LCP 4. Kahr I would like to hear people's opinions and their beliefs of the guns I listed. As well you can tell me your preferences or any contrary thoughts of my choice. For each of the three situations I listed you can tell me what your preference would be. Of course I know it varies from person to person. However, opinions do matter and I am eager to hear people's experinece with various guns. I know a may not get the perfect gun, but better an imperfect gun than no gun, I can always exchange later. I am thinking and will probably by a set of guns tomorrow. I have been pondering these choices for over a month now.