Hello. I bought my first gun today. I am a single mom and have wanted a handgun for a loooong time. I randomly went into the shop today and walked out with an SCCY 9mm. I am pretty excited I am going to keep it unloaded until I get the hang of it and practice many hours of target shooting. I paid $275 for the gun. I bought it for self-protection. After reading some reviews about this brand, many people are unsatisfied with specs, namely the safety sticking. I am thinking about dishing out a few hundred more dollars for a better brand. Can you guys please give me some insight on whether you think this is necessary and what a good gun would be for me, in the $500-$600 range... Thank you! ETA: My co-worker thinks I should have gotten a shot-gun because the noise alone would scare away an intruder. What about a .22 caliber??? I went with a 9mm because it is small enough to keep locked up in a nearby safe. Advice, please on the best TYPE of gun for my situation. I would love to exchange it if need-be.