Everyone has their favorite pistol, but for me, I prefer the Glock. While my choice doesnt make it the right choice for everyone, Ill outline why I choose the Glock. Glocks are easy to shoot well. First, the manual of arms is simple. Point, aim and pull the trigger = boom. I love 1911s and own three custom 1911s. That being said, the manual of arms is more difficult. It can be mastered but with the Glock, that isnt necessary. As for DA/SA pistols, they can be mastered but again, the level of proficiency acquired will be higher for practice with a Glock than with a Sig DA/SA or a Walthar in DA/SA. DAO pistols (e.g. DAK pistols from Sig or LEM pistols from HK) all require a lot of time to gain proficiency .and the same time spent with a Glock will equate to higher performance with the Glock over the other pistols mentioned. In addition, I find the Glock trigger easy to manipulate for first shot accuracy as well as rapid, and accurate follow-on shot. Second, relatively speaking, Glocks have a low bore axis compared to the DA/SA pistols described (especially Sigs) although they are rivaled by 1911s in this regard. As a result, they point easily and lend themselves to better accuracy on follow-on shots. Glocks are safe. In order of safety, I would rate the DAO Sigs or HKs superior to the Glock because of their heavier, longer triggers. You must be cautious and focus on safety when holstering any weapon, but especially a Glock. For me, this is a training issue. As for holding someone at gunpoint, a DAO pistol is somewhat safer. You can install the NY1 or NY2 trigger on a Glock and get a heavier trigger pull, but the DAO pistols have the benefit of a long, heavier trigger pull, even with a NY1 or NY2 trigger on a Glock. All that being said, the DAO trigger pistols are less conducive to accuracy in a gunfight (for most) than the DAO pistols. Again, I focus on training to alleviate the safety issues and choose the Glock to make sure I make it to the point where I can hold someone at gunpoint while waiting for law enforcement to arrive. Regarding the 1911, with training, in the gunpoint situation, the 1911 would be the safest pistol (as it would have the manual safety engaged); however, this takes training to ensure that under stress, one keeps the safety engaged or reengages it as appropriate for the situation. Again, balanced against all factors, the Glock wins (for me). Glocks are a great value. Compared to all the pistols outlined above, the Glock costs less while providing greater performance (IMHO). Glocks are reliable. 1911s are finicky compared to the track record of Glocks. Sigs and the other pistols described are rock steady but at 1.5 to 2X the price of the Glock. Despite all the hoopla around the Gen 4 Glocks, Glocks have an earned reputation for reliability and consistency garnered over 25 years of hard service. Glocks are lightweight and are therefore easier to carry concealed for hours at a time. In a 9mm or .40 S&W configuration, Glocks are just hard to beat. Yes, quality belts and holsters help in this regard, but the same level of belt/holster applied to a Glock creates a combination easier and more comfortable to carry, all the time, every time. Also, you can get almost any quality holster with magazine carriers for the Glock, not so for many other polymer pistols out there. However, for a CCW, Glocks are blocky and how I wish I could get one with a carry melt on the frame like some of they Sigs, but for mechanical or cost considerations, that hasnt happened as of yet. Glocks are easy to maintain and work on. I have a sight tool that I use to swap out sights (as opposed to paying a gunsmith). I have a low cost disassembly tool that I use to easily disassemble and service the entire Glock. My Glocks are also easier to field strip and clean than any other pistol I own. So after four years of carrying concealed and shooting IDPA, I choose a Glock. They are accurate, reliable, safe and affordable (I own several). I love my 1911s but when it comes to protecting my family and me (home and CCW), I choose the Glock. As for other Safe Action polymer pistols (e.g. S&W, Ruger, Springfield), they seem to be fine copies of the Glock. I havent owned or shot one, but I also havent seen enough of a difference to justify adding them to my collection. In the end, to each his own.