A few years ago I decided to do some shooting again. It had been more than twenty years since I had done any pistol shooting and I took my nearly new, Smith & Wesson wheel gun to the range and spent some quality time throwing .38 caliber at targets. Nice. Then I began to wonder about semi-automatics and decided that I really ought to try some out and learn...maybe buy one. Also, the rise in random shootings made me begin to consider having something smaller and more slender than a revolver to carry. After a loooong search and a LOT of reading I chose a Stoeger Cougar. I couldn't beat the price for what in fact was a Beretta, and decided I could live with .40 caliber as it in fact was less expensive than the .38 rounds that my S&W needed. I love the Cougar. The rotating barrel and heft make the gun a pleasure to shoot. I have a holster (not a GREAT holster), and carry it otw as Maine is an open carry state. (I have a concealed carry license anyway.) The problem with the Cougar is it's a pretty stout firearm and doesn't carry well due to its overall size. So I started looking for something a bit easier to carry without quite the bulk. I will continue in .40 caliber because I don't want to keep more than one caliber in inventory. I discovered Steyr. Now as I said before, the last time I had done any pistol shooting at all was before the "plastic explosion" so I was first of all not at all familiar with polymer guns, and also not at all familiar with striker fired pistols. I have approached all of this with a decided dislike of both. But the Steyr seems to be calling to me in a strange, siren song and I may take the tumble. I have handled ONE CA-1 in a local gun shop which they had ordered to a customer. I have never fired one, but am very familiar with all the shooting reviews on YouTube, so know to expect the gun to be soft shooting due to its design and shape. The triangular sights really have me hooked! And of course, from a carry standpoint, it seems perfect. I'm thinking the S40-A1 for me. My wrestling with the whole process has been mostly because I like the positive safety controls of the Cougar/Beretta pistols and have an inherent suspicion of the striker fired pistols and their completely different approach to firearm safety and security. I need to get by this because my first pistol experience was fifty years ago in the USAF with the S&W Model 15 which had no safety at all, and in fact rounds were already ready to fire if there were any in the cylinder. It's just new to me, I think. (I was once suspicious of automatic transmissions in trucks, but I digress....) By the time you read this, I may have taken the plunge. I have no doubt that the Steyr is arguably a better pistol than that 'other, overrated' Austrian gun, and I think I've just gotta have that sight picture since if I'm learning about a new semi-auto handgun, I shouldn't just stop with the striker, but the whole gun needs to be new. So, now, back to the search for a holster, and in a bit, I think I'll tip over the edge and buy that Steyr.