The best advice I can give you is to first chose the model you want; Glock, 1911, M9, etc. See which one fits well in your hand and points well for you; consider features such as hammer fired vs striker fired, and single action vs single/double action trigger.
Once you decide what model you want, then look at brands. You can't always say one brand is good or bad as a blanket statement. For example WE is known as having bad pistols but this isn't necessarily accurate. They make terrible 1911's and high cappas, but their newer releases are quite good: Glocks, Sigs and XDMs.
Last edited by Kozzie; March 12th, 2015 at 13:40..