Choosing a handgun is very individualistic. Any of the major manufacturers are worth putting your hands on and trying: Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Walther, Springfield, Sig, Block... er, I mean Glock.
So, so much of it is about how it feels to you. The feel of the grip, the angle of the grip, the pull of the trigger, the trigger reset, the position of the safety (or not), the position of the mag release, the pull of the slide. There are so many things that you can never appreciate from a review.
Something you will find out soon, a gun that is great for carrying is not often a great gun on the range. The smaller the form factor and weight, the less comfortable the gun becomes to shoot. The most uncomfortable gun I have to shoot is my little 380. It disappears in my pocket and is perfect for carrying, but it will tear you up on the range if you are not wearing gloves.
For myself, my everyday carry guns are:
#1 - Kahr PM9: 9mm, lightweight, very smooth but long trigger, one of the smallest 9's you can get so it fits well in my pocket.
#2 - S&W Bodyguard 380: very small & lightweight, long heavy trigger, disappears in my pocket.
What I like shooting at the range:
My Ruger SR1911: It's big. It's heavy. It's loud. It's accurate. And I can shoot that all day long. It's also my bedside gun.
My S&W Model 17 .22 revolver: 22's are the ultimate range guns. They are very inexpensive to shoot and shoot a lot. The model 17 is rather large for a 22 which means it absorbs any perceived recoil.
My Ruger SR9c: This is probably the gun that I have that really crosses over between a good carry choice and a good range gun. Ruger did a good job of managing all the compromises with this pistol.
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