The Glock 17 is my first personally owned handgun. (purchased a week ago at Fleet Farm) I qualified with the .45 and 9mm during my military days. (20 yrs in submarines) I chose the Glock 17 based on common caliber, value, firepower and availability of accessories. The gun is for range shooting and home defense. I intend to pick up a 19 for a carry gun at a later time Got some range time today. A rather chilly afternoon. First shots were at 25 yards. I hit the paper, but was no Hickok45. Looking forward to more shooting as spring arrives.