Re: Need advice/ recommendations
I think the best way to decide is to find the one that meets your needs. Go to a range where you can shoot as many as you can find and the one that feels best in your hands, and the one you are comfortable with is the one you should buy. That said I will let you know I carry the Beratta Nano. It is a very concealable gun. Only .9 inches wide and fits very nicely inside a waist band. It is a well made gun and has very manageable recoil which in my mind is important. It is a 9mm and can hold 6 +1 rounds. It is sensitive to 115 grain ammo so be aware of that. I only carry high power rounds for self defense so I dont care about the few guns that have had a report of not liking 115 grain ammo. Good luck and you're doing the right thing by researching. Just make sure you listen to yourself though. It's may end up being your life you need to protect. I can't tell you whats right for you, only you can.
Good luck and be safe. Let us know what you decide..
I have spent a lot of money on guns, bullets and holsters in my life... The rest I have just squandered.