I chose the Browning Buckmark in SS but it was a tough decision. Ruger has some excellent choices with the P45 my second pick. The standard Ruger MK series lets you get crazy with Volquartsen add-ons. Smith & Wesson? Beretta Neos? Walther? This new pistol is for one of my 14-year-olds and will be his first pistol that is his.