For new CCW: 9mm or .38spl?
I'm about to purchase my first handgun. It'll be for CCW. I'm not sure whether to purchase a subcompact 9mm semiauto or an Airlight .38spl snubbie. I'd like the recoil to be lower since my wife will also be training on it. I'm thinking that 5 shots would make me feel vulnerable. I'm planning on just carrying in the city (Later, I'll be buying a .45 auto for those other needs). The subcompact auto seems too heavy for pocket carry, and I would appreciate being able to pocket carry. I'll be only wanting to fire maybe 200 practice rounds a year. Is this a big enough list of my needs for this gun? Understand, this is only the first purchase: whatever I don't buy first, I'm bound to buy later for greater choice depending on my needs that day. But what should I buy right now?
If 9mm, what gun is best? Glock 26?
If .38 snubbie, what gun is best? S&W 642?
I know this topic has been rehashed infinitely, but I'd really like to see how people come down on this apple/oranges question.
Last edited by CHLChris; 05-27-2009 at 12:27 AM.