My first semi-auto pistol was a Ruger P series. I bought it because I liked Ruger revolvers. I never cared much for the P series, it felt clunky in my hand and I didn't shoot it well (I know that was me, though, not the gun). All things being equal, I would try the Beretta (although I've had both the PX4 Storm and 92, and like the Ruger, those grips didn't fit my hand well, either).
Tough decsion. All three pistols are in .40, which is what I am looking for, all are later model pistols. The Cougar, P-94 and Sig sp22340. Leaning toward the Sig atm. The Cougar is nice and I like Berettas, but that ungodly high bore axis. Well all of them seem to have a high bore axis. The Sig SP looks nicer than the other two. The P94... I don't know why but I've always kind of wanted one. It does seem to be the red-headed stepchild of the three. Then there is Mr Ruger's penchance for supporting gun control. I think I will get the Sig. Thanks for the replies.
Let's hear a range report on the Sig 2340 when you get a chance.
Between the ones mentioned in this thread, I'd have used these criteria to make the choice:
(1) What fits my hand better. What gun feels better. (reach to trigger in DA mode, thickness of grip frame, bore axis, etc.)
(2) Which gun has the smoother and lighter DA trigger pull (I assume they all have good single action triggers).
(3) Price, both of the gun and the extra mag or two that I'd want for it.
(4) Availability of aftermarket parts and accessories. Night vision sights? Laser sighting systems? Bone-in holster that matches the gun's contours and controls? What kind of future upgrades can I do to each of these guns?
I have a .40 caliber P94 that I bought new in '99. I wound up going a different direction & moved away from it after I started carrying. It is a reliable pistol. I did better with a hogue grip. I had a hard time holding on to the stock grips. I really didn't know much when I bought it. I would have liked it better if it had been the decocker only version instead of the safety version. I don't like slide mounted safeties.