I been lurking in The Arsenal for a few weeks looking for the kind of advice handed out and I finally went and started my search. Here is what I found. My opinion only, take it for what its worth and comment accordingly. Glock- Not what I expected. Felt bulky in my hand and seemed block-ish. Good build quality and felt solid otherwise. They all felt bulky including the compacts and sub compacts. Beretta 92- Very nice. Comfortable, solid, attractive looking weapon. The only downside was the fact that it is a little big for conceal/carry. Definately a nice gun to have and not too expensive at $550 in 9mm. SA 1911- Again nice. I thought the grip was a little thin compared to the others. Out of my price range. SA XD-40 sub compact- I have to say that this one dissapointed me the most. It felt solid and fit my hand well with one exception...it was friggin heavy for a sub-compact. I was very let down by the weight even after all the hype I have been reading on it. Walther P99- Wow. I loved the grip, the weight and the overall features of this gun. Very impressive and the price was nice at $530. Sig P229 9mm- Nice gun but Sig loves their stuff and the price shows it. Didn'e even look at HK due to my budget I am trying to stay in. There is my day in a nutshell.