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Hey. I am looking into buying my first pistol and would like to hear everyones opinion.
I am a fairly light weight female and since i want to use it for both a daily shooter and possible concealed carry, im thinking a 9mm would be best. i can shoot a 45 ok but id like something a little lighter.
anyways. the ones im currently looking at are:
- kimber tacticle pro II
- hk (maybe usp compact)
- springfield xd (not sure which yet)

but i am open to any suggestions.
I would like a good reliable gun and am willing to spend the $ on it (although if i can find a cheaper one thats just as good of course id rather do that)
the only gun i have yet to handle that i havent liked are the glocks. just doenst feel right in my hands.
with that said. please, anyone who has the above guns listed please tell me as much about them as possible or if u think another gun is right for me let me know
thanks!
 

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I would recommend you look into a Ruger SP-101 in .357 Magnum.... you can shoot "plinker loads" in .38 Special for practice, and carry it with .38 Spl +P or .357 loads. If the Standard grips are not to your liking, you will probably find a set of Hogue Monogrips to be just what you're after.

Granted, most of the modern autoloading pistols are pretty darn reliable, but they still are not as reliable and simple to operate as a good DA revolver. If, as you said, this is your first handgun, I'd recommend a revolver over a bottom feeder.
 

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Of the list you have posted I would get the HK, XD, kimber in that order. Another one I would consider is the Smith and wesson MP in 9mm, It tends to be lighter than the others. The slide is stainless and the frame is composite, and has an interchangable grip. The grip has three inserts to make it thicker or thinner so that it will fit your hand better. The cost is in line with the XD.
However there is no substitute for going to a range that you can try out several makes and have a knowledgable person help you out.
 

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You may want to look at Springfield Armory's newest single action auto, the EMP. It's a 9mm single stack, small and easy to conceal.
 

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I agree with WWB. My wife got a 3" SP101 as her first gun 15 years ago. She was first in her class (only two women). Twenty-nine guns later (mine, she has fired most of them), she still carries the Ruger.
 
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