Ok, I have some experience shooting, I was in the Army Reserve for a little bit (including ROTC in college). I currently own a Maverick 88 shotgun with 18.5" barrel for home defense. My birthday is on Nov. 18th, and I will FINALLY be 21 years old. I plan to go down to the shop, order me up a pistol, then go out to get drunk with my friends, co-workers, family etc over the next week until the MD 7-day waiting period is up and I can take my new baby to the range! Now that I've got all the details planned out, it's time to get to the crux of this thread. Which pistol(s) to choose? The reason I say pistol(s), is because I want a larger-caliber gun (.40 S&W or .357 SIG), yet I want to shoot frequently without going broke, so I want the capability to shoot .22 LR in mass quantities. I have been a Glock fan forever, and I have been a collector of Airsoft guns (and obviously a player in that sport) so I have a couple Glocks already. I know the feel of the Glock 18C and the Glock 32, so I know the difference between full-frame and compact glocks. I like the compact ones better, and I've fired the 32 at my local range. I was very impressed with my ability to fire .357 SIG, I was able to place shots on the Glock 32 better than I could with a 9mm SIG P226. The Glocks have been around forever, and are proven to be rock-solid reliable. There are also .22 LR conversion kits available for around $200. Now, I pretty much had my mind set on the Glock 32, but then I laid eyes on the Steyr M-A1. I was turned off from the original M9 series, with the wierd looks. I think the M-A1 looks better on so many levels, I like the universal rail, and the overall design of the weapon is superior (IMO) to anything I've seen. The axis of the barrel to the grip is ingenious. I asked the clerk at the shop to handle the M9-A1, and I couldn't beleive my hands and eyes! The sights came up quickly, and it felt more natural to hold and point than any Glocks I've handled (funny since I've had a couple Glock Airsoft guns for a few years). The glocks seem to sit really high compared to the M-A1. The two downsides I see to getting the Steyr are this: there is no .22 LR conversion kit available, so I have chosen a secondary pistol (Walther P22) instead of using a conversion kit. The other downside is the market is presently flooded with Glock accessories, and parts are readily available. If I have a problem with the Steyr, I'm afraid I'm gonna have to wait weeks to get it fixed instead of a couple days with a Glock. Also, the choice of calibers is a little confusing. I know the most common Steyrs come in 9mm and .40 S&W, but .357 SIG is available (upon request?). I like the .357 SIG round, but is .40 S&W any better/worse? I definitely don't think I want 9mm. I know the 9mm is cheaper to shoot, but I need a powerful pistol to accompany my self-defense shotgun. Right now I'm literally split about 55/45 Steyr/Glock. I love the ergonomics, fit and finish, and virtually everything else about the Steyr, but the Glock is a proven and tried weapon. Please let me know what you guys think about what I said above.... I only have a few weeks to decide!