My first handgun purchase was my Caracal F QS. My wife and I are in the process of getting carry permits. She purchased a .380 to carry but really likes the QS on the F. My question or topix is: as we have shopped in many different shops I have mentioned the Caracal to the gun store owners. They say they have never heard of them. I mention the designer and the tests they have passed and they just stand behind the counter and listen. Then they start bashing them saying they have heard alot of bad things about them. 2 minutes before they had never heard of them. Are gun owners that in love with certain brands. I think the Caracal people have did their homework and have came up with a good design. My wife purchased a Bersa thunder .380 plus and it is not the gun the retailer nor the internet sites claim it to be. I know people say buy USA etc. But I looked at all the guns between $250 - $600 range. I did internet research and drove miles just to handle certain ones and tear them down. I did my homework. Remember first time gun buyer here. I picked the Caracal and feel as if I am getting bashed for doing so. I purchased a Ruger SR22 to helped us cheaply learned to shoot better. We like the Ruger .22 but I did not care for the Ruger 9mm I shot. I have not been shooting handguns for very long but with the Caracal F QS others at different ranges we visted have commented on my shooting ability. I tell them it's the Caracal gun. I guess from now on I will let the gun do the talking. 850 rounds no FTF nor anything.