Hi. pardon the long post. im new here and to guns. trying to decide which pistol i should buy as my first (and possibly last) gun. narrowed down the choices to 3 pistols: MA1 in .40, MA1 in 9mm, and glock 17. in truth, i already have a decision. but as i am new to this scene, i could have missed some things that are critical in making the proper choice. so if you may, i appreciate your opinions. Reason to buy a gun: defense. Peace and order have seriously deteriorated recently around where i live. in my town, at least 6 individuals (1 of them i personally know) have been held up and shot dead in the last 2 months, most of them on the way to the bank. thieves have entered my yard at night to steal (electric cables, truck parts, 5 piece PATIO FURNITURE set!!, etc.) 4 times already in the last 3 months. (dogs aren't enough a deterrent. guards are too expensive. law enforcers in my town are as vigilant as a potato.) conclusion::buy a gun and maybe set off a few rounds a week for the neighborhood to hear. the gun i buy, i fear, will have a good chance of being shot at somebody. maybe im overreacting. i hope im overreacting. i've never shot glock nor steyr, only tried a couple of 1911 .45 (1 standard, 1 smithyied). Anyway, here's my pros and cons (based on what i need) for the MA1 in .40, MA1 in 9mm, and glock 17: MA1 in .40 pros -the MA1 is designed in .40, yes? so reliability, i assume, should be better than, say MA1 in 9mm -better stopping power than the 9mm's (but im thinking that maybe 9mm hollow points is enough for the job) MA1 in .40 cons -i have 2 50+ year old aunts living with me and they might need to shoot the gun. recoil might be an issue for them -i've shot about 200 shells (overall) of .45ACP in 1911 and recoil isn't an problem for me (in 1911 at least); but reacquiring the target after shots might be quicker in M9A1 than in .40 -if i get hooked on shooting as a sport, it would be more expensive MA1 in 9mm pros -perceived recoil, i assume, is softest among the 3. if my aunts need to shoot the gun, this gun is best for them MA1 in 9mm cons -may be the least reliable of the 3 glock 17 pros -should be most reliable among the 3 -has a trigger connector for a 3-lb pull (already ringed up a dealer and it's available) glock 17 cons -i tend to yank the trigger. a bigger grip might make this more pronounced -my hand size is just enough for a comfortable grip. my 2 aunts, both around 5'2" would probably struggle with this gun -unsupported barrel - or is this just for bigger caliber glocks? (i dont really understand what "unsupported barrel" means but it sounds like a possible dealbreaker) Assumptions: 1. I will learn to use and maintain the equipment to the level of a bad-to-mediocre hobbyist. 2. My aunts will not bother with the gun unless they feel imminently threatened. Given this scenario, which would you choose? Do you think i am doing the right thing by considering ease of use for my aunts? or does this encourage ignorance, negligence, and misuse? are there more points i should consider? are some of the points i listed marginal or insignificant? Your insight would be appreciated. The points i considered to narrow down the choices to these 3 pistols are: -reliability -weight -ergonomics -trigger weight and travel (i hope the figures posted in their respective websites are accurate) -magazine capacity My choice runs around these 3 pistols like a triangular wheel. although i slightly favor 1 over the others, the gap isn't big enough to proclaim a definite winner. but i still have a few days before i have to make a final decision. i've read as much as my head can get around to. i dont have anyone whom i can borrow or rent any of the said pistols. Your input would be appreciated. Much thanks.