Some excellent points here: If cash is your main determining factor, training and 500 dollars worth of ammunition might do you better than a heavier gun that you can't afford to shoot (with bad form). If you're talking about full size pistols for target shooting, they might not lend themselves well to concealed carry, if that really is something you're considering. if it were me, and my budget were limited by $1000, I would: 1. Buy a used glock 19 2. Buy a Tactical Solutions 22 conversion kit (requires glock 17 for now) OR a Ruger 22/45 3. Buy about 300 dollars worth of 22 ammo, and shoot till the cows come home. Full disclosure: I shoot a glock... I also shoot other guns, Sig, Springfield XDM, CZ, Beretta, Ruger, 1911's etc, etc. Glock is a more "natural pointer" for me. The stock trigger is satisfactory, Accuracy as good as (or better) than anything else... 3000 rounds through my .40 cal and ZERO failures with a cleaning every 1000 rounds or so. But really... when I pick the gun up the sights naturally line up for me. If I'm being completely honest... when I was shopping for handguns, glock didn't even make my top 5. Shoot everything you can and go with the one that feels the best to you.