or those who did their research, bought a .40, and now tell us we don't know what we are talking about?
Sounds a lot like what I said except for the not knowing what you're talking about part...
If you're directing that at me, I did not infer that shooters with more experience aren't correct or don't know something. I only said a broad generalization of why a new shooter would choose a .40 wasn't a fair assessment. I talked at length with a very experienced instructor who said many of the same things I'm hearing here but didn't get a strong opinion that I'd be making a mistake starting where I did. Maybe I like a challenge.
If it came across that I have discredited anyone, I apologize.