Thank you for all of the suggestions! After sorting through a lot of different guns, I've come up with a short list of guns(probably only the first of many hah). It would definitely help me to get your advice on the various handguns listed here. My criteria was pretty simple: concealability and price(gun & ammo). Each gun here represents different features along with different combinations of my aforementioned criteria. As I've said before, I plan to test out a number a few guns before buying. My goal is to simply narrow the list so that I'm testing only the features that require physically holding the gun, instead of things I could have researched ahead of time. So, without further a do:
- - M&P Shield
- - Glock 26
- - Sig P365 XL
- - M&P 2.0
- - Taurus 85
- - S&W M360
Subcompacts - By and large, my selection is all about seeing how big is too big. I even threw in a compact for that reason. It's simply something I can't test without having the gun in my hand.
Revolvers - I've decided that I only want a DA/SA revolver. I like the added option, and don't mind learning more. To be quite truthful, I'm kind of leaning revolver overall. Recently, I realized that much of the revolver is thinner than a semi-automatic. So even if the chamber is wide, the print will be pretty minimal(and not look like a gun). Obviously, I give up ammo(and settle with more expensive .38 special). Still, it doesn't seem unreasonably expensive, and I am not primarily concerned with capacity(more is always better, but concealablity is simply #1).
So that's what I've figured out so far. There are questions I will answer at the range("Do I like metal frames? Which shoots the best? Which is easiest to conceal? etc.). Still, it feels like I've made some progress in narrowing down the options. Clearly though, there are many different options out there(which seem almost identical to me). Is there any reason to switch one of these guns for a similar model or brand? Are there any other major factors I need to consider, or and other major details to look into? (All the minutiae is obviously fun, but if the S&W 640 Pro is just slightly different than the M360, I prefer to not become too confused before my first purchase. However, if I've overlooked something big - please let me know! Or if you have some experience that weights on the options, feel free to throw that in!) Thanks!