Hows it going guys. Let me start off by saying that the only handguns I have ever fired is a glock 23 .40 compact and glock 26 9mm subcompact. I put about 200 rounds through it so I have a good idea of how a handgun feels but I am still very much and amateur. I completed my safety certificate today and I'm going to purchase a handgun tomorrow. It is primarily for home defense but I will be shooting with it at the range. It needs to be fairly accurate out of the box and EXTREMELY reliable.
I was originally going to go with a Glock 21 or 22 or a Sig226 but after spending hours reading the past couple days on this forum and on glock talk I'm reconsidering. I am now convinced that the HK USP45 is the right gun for me. If it fits my hand tomorrow and feels good I am going to purchase. I also want to go with a full sized firearm since I'm not going to be ccw'ing it and it will probably feel a little "smoother" than something compact.
-How much is ammo compared to the other common sizes - 9mm, .357, .40?
-How much can I expect to pay for the gun at a store, plus a couple spare mags?
-What other accessories do you guys recommend?
-How is the fit, finish, and reliability of the USP45?
-Is the recoil easier to manage on a full size .45 than say a glock 23? The glock23 I fired was very kicky and snappy.
-How does the power of the .45 caliber compare to other sizes?
-Can I change the barrel to make the weapon a smaller caliber?
-What model should I go with? USP, Tactical, or Expert? I like the idea that the tactical/expert have longer barrels.
I'm sure I will have more questions later but for now anybody who can answer those will have my appreciation.