Hi all, New poster here hoping to get some advice if you don't mind. I will soon be a first time gun owner. I have done tons of research online (including these boards), spoken to a couple friends who own guns, and visited two gunshops. This gun will be for self defense to keep at home, shoot at the range, and carry occasionally (when I need to travel to less than desirable areas). I want to purchase a 9mm but it seems there are so many options so I am trying to narrow them down. Here are my criteria: - Reliable - Price. I don't want to (nor think I need to ) spend more than $600 or so. I don't mind paying more for quality, but I don't want to spend money I don't need to. - Something not too large. While I don't plan to carry this too often, I do want to have the option and I figure the smaller it is, the more likely I will actually carry. I have seen certain 9mm mentioned over and over for good conceal/carry. Some include.. Glock 26 or Glock 19 (little larger than 26) S&W 3913 or 3914 Sig P239 Kahr MK9 PM9 CW9 or P9 Kel tec pf-9 or p11 S&W SD9 I plan to make more visits to shops, hold more guns, and rent a bunch to shoot. But I'm trying to narrow it down a bit instead of spending hundreds of dollars renting a dozen or so guns. So here are my questions.. 1. Based on my criteria, what do you think of the guns I list? Do you have other suggestions? 2. Should I buy used or new? I'm sure this is subjective. 3. Is a manual safety a good idea or not? I've heard both sides of this argument. 4. Are there any other things I should keep in mind as I decide on a gun? Looking forward to some good discussion! Thanks in advance!