Re: Best pistol?
Both of my nephews are/were Jarheads. Both served in Irag - both carried the Beretta because one was heavy weapons expert, other was logistics tech (as he said - "We kick **** out of helicopters for the doggies on the ground.) Both tell stories of how ineffective the 9x19mm 124 FMJ NATO round is in providing quick stops.
I, myself, for special occasions was blessed with the opportunity to carry the 1911A1 while in the ARMY in SEAsia - never shot anyone with the .45 - but never heard anyone who did complain about effectiveness of the 230 gr FMJ round.
Your experience may vary.
Jim Hauff ~ H&R Collector In Memory of Bill Goforth and Jim Ritchie