#1 Son surprised me by asking for a pistol for Christmas. He's not so much my shooting buddy - #2 Son is usually the one who wants to come shooting with me. #1 Son's interest is sparked perhaps from Call Of Duty (I know, I know), but this is what folks call a "teachable moment". Ideally, this will pry him away from the game console.
We had the discussion on what he'd do with the pistol. After some talk about different sizes and uses, he thought something mid-sized is the "Goldilocks size" - not too big (Beretta 92) or too small (the plethora of pocket pistols). Just right seems to be S&W M&P-ish or so. And nothing with strange or unusual ammo (like a Makarov).
So here's my question for you, dear reader: what would you recommend for a present that meets the following:
1. 9mm caliber.
2. Rails (for flashlight, bayonet, etc).
3. Mid-sized form factor.
4. Not too expensive.
Yes, this is pretty open ended, but all opinions would be appreciated.