I currently carry a Ruger SR9 and am so very pleased with it. I've been reading a lot about how it is best to carry it cocked & locked and that sounds good to me in case of an emergency as it would be ready to go with a flip of the safety. But as I've been reading others' opinions about it, I'm now on the fence as A - the gun is of course more volatile in it's cocked position, and B - I thought it was bad for the tension spring to have constant pressure on it. Not trying to start a debate on that ... So I'm thinking of maybe carrying a revolver for my primary gun, that way I wouldn't have to carry it cocked and in case of emergency, I could draw and use it with one hand. I can't handle a big kick, my husband's Beretta is much too powerful for me, but I don't want something too puny, either. My 9mm is just right. What pistol might compare to the minimal kick of a 9mm? I realize the kind of ammo I use will also be a factor.