Good morning, WMD, I'm here to get your opinions on my potential next purchase. Let me preface this by saying that, while I know a shotgun is a much more effective and intimidating tool, I've got a Mossberg 500 in hunting dress (which entails magazine plugs and long barrels) and it's unfortunately got to stay that way for the foreseeable future. I'm looking for something in .40 S&W, .45 ACP or 9mm (in that order) and under $550. Preferably something full-framed, more than a 10-shot magazine, and with an external safety. I don't mind that it's ugly or etc, and I don't need rails though they would be nice. This will not be a carry piece. I have been reading reviews on the Taurus PT101/101... basically, a Beretta M9 clone in a better caliber, and they are universally positive, with a mixed bag of "but it's a tauris lol" responses largely buried. Other options to present themselves to me thus far include the Beretta PX4 Storm in .45 ACP, the Taurus 24/7 in .40, and potentially the S&W XD40... even though that last one doesn't have an external safety I got the chance to handle one in a local store and loved the ergonomics and how balanced it felt. Bud's Gun Shop has all of these in under 600, though the Beretta is awfully close to that line and actually over it once I factor in cost of transfer to a local FFL. At this point I'm basically considering the first Taurus because A) it looks so mad tactikewl, lelel, B) it's in a good caliber, C) the price is amazing, and D) it's got the features that I want. Your suggestions are welcome.