So i got a 1911, which is awesome. I love it. Couldn't be happier with its function, accuracy, usability and reliability. Feels great to have a giant piece of steel in your hand, but that's the problem: it IS a GIANT piece of steel, so I'm looking for something smaller that I will actually carry everywhere.
Here is where I am stuck. I normally subscribe to the "9-is-fine" belief; however, as I look at smaller handguns with smaller capacities I begin to question it. Is 5 rounds of .357 or .38 +p (say LCR, or Bodyguard) better to have than say 8 rounds of 9mm (say in the keltec PF9). Or is it worth expanding my size limits to something like the m&pc or sr9c for the added firepower and get into the 10-12 range?