After renting a bunch of different guns finally settled on the S&W M&P 9mm compact. Felt good in my hand and shot well with the rental, also felt the size was a good middle ground between something I could carry and was still fun to shoot.
Only gun that I shot that I liked better was the S&W 1911, but it was out of my price range (wanted to stay in the $500 range), but am planning on saving for that to be my next purchase.
M&P's are great pistols, reliable, accurate, easy maintenance.
I know first hand, I own a M&P .40c and carry it daily.
Your 9c has a thumb safety, I beginning to see that more on the M&P's.
Mine is an older model; no safety at all.