I am a fairly experienced rifle shooter and handloader, but have never owned a hangun. I feel like I need to fill that void in my life!
I want to buy a semi-auto "just to have". I will keep it at home mainly, but may look at getting a concealed carry permit sometime. I will want to shoot it for fun, and I will want to handload for it. I want something reliable and dependable. I don't want to spend $2500, but I don't want a cheap $200 gun either. What should I buy?
From the research I have done so far, I am leaning towards a classic 1911 in the conventional .45ACP. Am I on the right track here? If so, can you recommend a brand? Please tell me the pros/cons of the brand you recommend, as I don't know many of the finer points of the different guns.
Thanks for your opinions!