This would be almost a troll thread, except it's done from experience. I used to think Glocks were the perfect pistol. If ever a gun was better designed for ease of use, and lack of maintenance, and reliability it would be my G19. I am rethinking that. Since my primary goal with pistols is reliability I would have to discount striker pistols in general. I have seen too many gunked up firing pin channels. I have seen limpwristing. I have seen cracked frames. Yes, this will come as a surprise but PLASTIC doesn't age well. If it's dropped and it's old it tends to crack. Seen it. If I had ONE PISTOL for self defense, I am now leaning towards the Ruger P series or Smith 3rd generations, or Sigs. They are all metal, don't limp wrist, don't misfire, have exposed hammers, and in single action are as easy to shoot as a glock. Yes I think either a Ruger p89 or it's smaller scaled down brother, the P93 would be my ultimate gun if given one. Maybe a Smith 5906, 3913, or 6906. I think I just went full circle back to metal guns. They work, don't degrade, don't limp wrist and the aluminum alloy frames are not much heavier than a Nylon one. I still love my Glock 19. But I don't think it's the ultimate self defense gun anymore.