@sentinal: Huh...guess there are more S&W and H&K law enforcement pistols out there than I thought. Learn something new every day.
@QB: I want to get a gun, too! I've been looking into it lately. I'd start off with a typical cop pistol if I got one, but I'd want a rifle.
The fact that you just said 'typical cop pistol' and don't know what you want says to me that you should hold off on getting a weapon.
What are you looking for? Cost? Concealable? High or low caliber? Aesthetics?
I'm with you Machetero, never been into Glocks. I want a 1911 of some sort. I want a Kimber but they're pretty expensive.
Due to the difference in the angle of the grip, Glocks do not fit right in my hand and thus require awkward positioning to get and stay on target. I do not like nor trust a weapon that requires me to adjust just about everything I know just to use it and only it. I'll stick with my SIG thank you very much.
I "inherited" my dad's Colt 70's series 1911 in .45ACP along with an extra barrel, slide, spring, and magazine to convert it to .22LR. It's a great firearm but since it was my dad's and is quite "pretty" I don't shoot it much.
@QB: I've heard many a good thing about Taurus, though I haven't tried one personally. Definitely try one out before you buy it. Like I said above, some guns just don't "feel" right and that's a bit of a problem if you are looking for personal/home defense.
As for your interesting drive home, can't blame you for getting nervous. I have a few family members and friends who are LEOs and I still get nervous when one pulls up behind me.