I'm looking for some advice on my next pistol purchase. I want something full frame, around the same price range $500-$700, and I'm crossed between these handguns.
The RIA 1911 is a 1911. Come on, who doesn't want one, but the cost of .45 ACP is the worry here, but the price of the gun makes up for it $450. I am a beginner shooter, so sometimes I feel the .45 ACP can be unwieldy. I have read a lot of good things from RIA, but I worry that $500 for a 1911 is going to leave me with issues, but I have read zero issues with people who have put 1000's of rounds through it, so I am price blinded by the $1000+ Springfield and Colt 1911. Good basic platform to go custom on if I want to
Glock 17. Reliable, strong, gets the job done, but its ugly... Cheaper 9mm ammo. The gun shoots great but I just don't like the looks of it. Bury it for 2 years and go out shooting after cleaning. A SHTF handgun.
Beretta 92fs. Gorgeous gorgeous gun. Pricey at $650, but I've seen on sale for $550. Cheaper 9mm ammo, but the safety and ergo of the gun is unconventional so I'm worried about teaching friends and family with it. The 1911 and the Glock have much more conventional controls and safety so if I taught them with it, they could pick up any other handgun really and be g2g.
I have shot all 3, and I would say the Beretta 92fs feels the best to me, but its pretty close between the 92fs and the 1911.
Help me choose gun enthusiasts of TW.