Ain't nothing wrong with a Steyr pistol, nothing at all. Steyr pistols are, sure as hell, built better than any of these crappy Glocks which all the young 'n dumb 'Glockeroo Cowboys' who don't know any better rush to the gun shops to drool over.
As far as this old gunman and 30 year (+) pistol instructor is concerned, Glock GmbH/Inc. very well DESERVED to lose out on the recent US Army pistol contract. Glock is making a lot of mistakes and, with each passing year, is building crummier and crummier pistols.
As far as I'm concerned (and I, too, own a few 'Glock lemons' which the factory has told me to 'learn to live with') it's about time that Gaston's obvious contempt for American shooters finally started to catch up with him. Once upon a time Glock pistols used to be a reasonable value; but that was yesterday and, now, is no longer true.
The one that best fit my hand. You should be able to operate the controls without adjusting your grip. The trigger, slide release, safety/hammer drop and magazine release. Once you establish a good grip, you should try to keep it locked in.
Some people have the big hands for the Beretta, many don't. It doesn't make sense for my 5'2" wife to try to wrestle my 92SB or S&W 29. A Glock 43 and she is lights out.
Hit several gunshops that offer a wide range of handguns. Tell the salesperson that you are shopping for something that fits. They should be happy to let you handle all you need to. Don't let them push you to what they think you need. After you find a couple you like, go to a range that rents pistols and put a couple boxes through them. You will find what works best.
The last thing you want it to get a recommendation from some well meaning person, whose pistol fits them perfectly, buy it and it doesn't fit you and you don't shoot it very well. Then you just don't shoot it period.
Over the years, I've bought many 9mm pistols including a SIG P210-2 (mostly shot these days with it's factory 22 lr conversion kit), a Walther P5, several Browning Hi Powers and a scattering of HK pistols---if I had to choose, I could live quite well with just my HK P30 (DA/SA) 9mm and my HK P2000 (DA/SA) 9mm...
The feel of the gun in hand would be my first consideration . Reputations aside, a pistol should feel right in your hand as a first consideration. A clumsy feel or bad balance shouldn't be something a shooter has to overcome to become proficient , even if the pistol's quality and reputation is quite good. The old model 659 s&w was/is a nice older model 9mm, but the grip is mongo big , whereas the model 39 single stack was my favorite 9 , with a perfect fit for my hand. Fit would be my first consideration beyond brand, but quality and function are huge factors too. Semi autos have come a long way in function, and there are a lot out there to choose from . Every gun I bought that didn't feel good in my hand , I never shot well, and was traded or sold off at some point, to be used quite well by someone else. There are as many varieties of hands, arm lengths, and body sizes as there are 9mm pistolos..good luck..find one you like.
Disclaimer: All my posts are only my opinions based on experience and gut feeling. Although every effort is made to be factual, actual accuracy will be determined by resident experts.
I have a glock 43 which is an awesome carry gun but since Im not hard to please I would say FN FNX-9 or Walther PPQ. I have a Sig 229 in 40 caliber so Im a big fan of those as well. My glock 21 has a couple of good upgrades and it made it a much better gun so I would have to throw in one of those Vickers model glock 19's too. See, easy to please.
If could only keep 1 gun it would be my Sig P226. I have had it for more than 10 years with thousands of rounds through it and no problems. I have a dozen other 9mm handguns and I don't trust any of them as much, mainly because I haven't had them as long or haven't shot them as much. The 226 has been flawless and is easy for me to shoot well.
Hands down; a Browning Hi Power. Got 2 in 9mm, one in .40 S&W, and another .40 converted to .357 Sig. Only drawback on the 40/357 is that you get only 10 rounds in the magazine. On the other hand if you cannot handle the matter with 11 rounds of 40 or 357 Sig, maybe you shouldn't be there.
For many years I packed a BHP 9mm with a S&W 940 as BUG. Carried the HP chamber loaded, hammer on half cock, safety on-whenever I was worried about a gun grab situation. While BG was trying to figure out how to make the HP go bang, I would have the little 940 working. Carried 3 reloads for the 940 in a leather tube made locally, and along with two extra 15 round mags I felt secure. In an emergency one can thumb rounds from the HP mag into the revolver-at least once.
With practice I could get the HP into action very quickly from the half cock safety on position. Where there was no gun grab danger I carried in condition one, cocked & locked.
ALL my BHPs have Novak sights, mag disconnect removed and a 3-4# trigger w/no backlash. Still got the first one I bought in 1962 for an all expense paid tour of SE Asia as an Army Aviator. 9mm ammo is the easiest ammo to get just about anywhere-except possibly .45 ACP where there was a large U.S. military presence.
First thing I did with HP #1 was gouge out the rear sight with a square file and pull the mag disconnect, the Novak sights came much later.
Interestingly enough, in early VN years I recovered a Inglis HP from a VC officer, still got it, but not part of my shooter accumulation. It still had a stock/holster which of course I could not bring home....................dang those ATF rules.