I am an older shooter. I have owned just about every make of handgun in my life. Only recently did I purchase my first Glock, a G-42. Before this I heard from different shooters that they were (not my words), "cheap plastic", "dangerous", "hard to shoot accurately", "over priced for the quality", and etc. I literally had visions of these things bowing up in the hand. While I didn't actively think on these comments subconsciously they had an effect on me as I made my purchasing decisions. Now, having purchased and range tested my G-42 several times I am kicking myself for waiting so long. Stupid, stupid, stupid!!! Now, I may just have to go out and try another Glock. I have turned into a fan.