I did envision stirring the slightest of controversy, but it was not my intention to offend. My choice is predicated on two things.
First, where defensive situations are concerned, it has been my expirence that one will not rise to the occassion, so much as default to the last level of his training. That being my expirenece and my mindset, it makes sense to use what i shoot best.
Secondly, I would only consider using a handgun for defense as either a backup to a primary two-handed gun for four legged threats, or if the only threat was two-legged. I am a veteran of bear country, and my choice was first a 12 gauge shotgun with sabot slugs, then a 350 rem mag, and lastly a 375 H&H when i was hunting and not defending. For backup, Its a model 29 smith, although i would almost feel as naked armed only with it as anything else, including the U.S. army service round. Pistols and bears don;t mix, in my humble opinion. I had posted something to that effect, in another thread.
I don;t have any allegiance to the 9mm, or the Beretta 92F, per se, except that it is the gun that the Army requires me to carry, and has forced me to practice with. And, as a result of that practice, its the one i shoot the best. Reckon if the army issued 454 casul's, i would think differently.
I understood the thread to be "only one (hand) gun", and now that I have clarified my thinking, I hope that i have cleared up any confusion regarding my choice.
Thanks for your concern Grizz, but with my shotguns, carbines, rifles, and pistols, plus some of the finest training to be had, I can take care of myself not only in the woods, but nearly everywhere else on the planet. I don;t expect I'll be dinner for anybody soon, 2 or 4 legged.
Ya'll have a great day.