Glock: Initially, before I bought my first pistol (Beretta 92F), I thought they were junky toys. They sounded like spring guns when you dry-fired them. Later, I got over this the more I learned about them. At that point, I decided I wanted one, but never got one until about 2 years ago. Wanted a Glock 23 for the size and capacity. Love it. Shoots great, always. Then I got bit by the 9mm bug and got a Glock 19. They are solid, dependable handguns. I've totally changed my mind on them after initially dismissing them.
I now highly recommend the G19 as the perfect beginner's gun. I own multiple 9mm Glocks (G17/G19/G26/G34), as they are they ones I favor. I'm not a big fan of the .40 S&W.
I re-invested in Glocks the year before BHO got elected, when prices were cheap, and magazines where $15 or $16.
I'm scheduled to certfiy as a Glock Armorer in 2010.