Originally Posted by Firearms4ever
Thanks for more information. When it comes to a 9mm there are a whole lot of choices especially in the compact versions. Some of my recommendations are the Ruger SR9c, Glock 26, Glock19, Springfield XDm 3.8 9mm, and a Compact Sig Saurer. I would stay clear of Taurus, because based on my research and what others have experienced with thier firearms they're not very good. You might want to take into consideration a K frame sized S&W revolver like the model 19, 65, and 66. They all are .357 magnum/.38 special.
As stated above Ruger SR9C, Springfield XD or XDM, and Glock in 9mm are all great choices. Another excellent
choice is the Beretta PX4. These are all quality pistols at affordable prices. They are all easy to break down and clean. They are all "mainstream" so when you need accessories or parts you will be able to find them. If you want something small to carry a Kahr PM9 is a good choice to look at. I can say that I haven't heard many good things said about Tauras. I personally am not into revolvers, but S&W and Ruger make some very nice ones. I also am not a big fan of the 1911 platform, but if I were going to get one of those it would be a Kimber Tactical or STI Guardian both in 9mm. (.45 is too expensive to shoot, and to be a good shot and fully comfortable with your pistol, you need to shoot alot).