I am going to post this on both https://www.steyrclub.com and http://www.glocktalk.com My situation is this. I am wanting to buy my first pistol, I have done a tremendous amount of research, and I am stuck between a few choices but cannot decide specifically which one I want. I say this is my first pistol, but for my age I am a decently experienced shooter. I have been shooting guns since I was a little guy. My dad has a decent collection, so from that I have gained experience shooting .22 pistols (most notably a ruger Mark II), a .357 Mag. S&W, a .44 Mag. S&W, and various other pistols that my friends/family have (most notably my roommates Glock 19). The List of possibilities that I have ended up with is (in Order): Glock 17, Steyr M9-A1, Taurus 24/7, Baretta Px4, and the Springfield XD. The reason why I am posting this topic on these two forums in particular is that my decision has basically come down to the Glock 17 or the Steyr M9-A1. From what I have read and seen, the Steyr is basically a nicer gun aesthetically... ok, way nicer aesthetically (I am not extremely fond of the glock look) and has a few more features, but the glock has such a gigantic selection of aftermarket parts. The necessary features I want are a 9mm Polymer frame (or very lightweight) Standard size pistol with a front rail so I can add accessories if I want. My purposes for the gun are going to be mostly target shooting on the weekends with friends, but the gun will also double as a personal defense weapon in my nightstand drawer. I am also not the kind of person to buy several firearms, one for each purpose. I would rather have one pistol that can do just about everything. This is one reason why the glock sounds so good to me. It has so many parts that can be "hot-swapped" so that it functions differently for several tasks. My list of priorities probably goes as follows: Accuracy Reliability Safety Fitting my hand/ease of manipulating gun controls from a ready position Aesthetics (what can I say? I am vain and want a cool looking pistol) Aftermarket customization Weight I hope this is enough information for you to get a good idea of what I want. Any help would be appreciated. Anyone who has extensively shot both a glock and a steyr, which one was your favorite and for what reasons? Thanks.