Hello all. I would love some feedback and suggestions to help with my upcoming wedding. I have long wanted to give my best man and two groomsmen semi-auto handguns (all are of age and have FOID cards, as per IL law) as gifts but am having a hard time narrowing down my consideration set.
My goal in this was to get these guys a piece that they could use, that looks classy/nice/of quality, and would commemorate the wedding. I would laser etch the slide with some witty saying, the date of the wedding and initials. I really like the look of smaller compact semi-auto's finished in nickle or stainless but am open to other suggestions. I would ideally like to spend around $300-400 for the gun, transfer fee at my local FFL and laser engraving (anyone know a good company for this?) but I am willing to move that number up if its the right piece.
If money was no object I would get 4 Walther PPK .380s in stainless or a quality 1911 style 45 in stainless and call it a day as I think that those are classy handguns.
The Bersa Thunder 380 was recommended by someone at work as a cheaper alternative to the PPK. I have never held/operated one but am interested.
There are quite a few .380 minis and subcompact 9mm out there. Can anyone make some suggestions/thoughts on pistols I should look at?