$5 says the OP ends up getting a Glock!
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Ohhhh, I thought this thread was about "a smaller guy that isn't a GLOCK". (Isn't that what the title says?)
There are only TWO kinds of people in this world; those who describe the world as filled with two kinds of people...and those who don't.
$5 says the OP ends up getting a Glock!
Glocks grow on you like a rash. Lol. J/k.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt
I'd say the Hk p2000sk with the LEM light trigger.
If u have limited experience or do , I would suggest getting a hammer less revolver such as a Smith & Wesson model 642. Iv had pistols of all kinds through the years plus worked thirty years full time in LE and I always carry my 642 more then anything. Simple to operate and pull the trigger it goes bang without a lot of recoil and fuss. Will always hold it value and should last your lifetime. You can not go wrong with a 642. Oh and get the model without the lock while their still available. It's a bit of everything. A pocket pistol, or IWB, OWB, ankle carry. It can do it all great with its small lightweight stainless steel frame. Any J frame smith and Wesson pistol in good shape is an excellent carry piece for concealed carry. It's a classic for all time...
Look at the guns I own....Walther PPS 9mm or Kimber Solo 9mm or Kel Tec PF9 9mm.
Kimber Solo 9mm, Walther PPS 9mm
Kel Tec PF9 9mm, Ruger LCR .38
Walther PPQ M1 9mm
Maverick 88 Tactical 12 ga shotgun at bedside
Lifetime NRA member
I would rather die with good men than hide with cowards
If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans
Don't ever think that the reason I'm peaceful is because I don't know how to be violent
M&Pc .357SIG, 2340Sigpro .357SIG
Advantages of a revolver:
If there is a misfire, simply pull the trigger again.
Simplicity, will fire even if not cleaned for a long time
Limp wrist FTF doesnot occur
Don't care what ammo you use
Not fussy on the magazine in it; does not have one
Will fire underwater and "cycle" (Don't ask"
Additional: If you want more power try the 357 concealed carry guns
Now all that said; the fit of the gun to your hand is the most important factor. It should be an exact extension of your arm, so the gun points where your arm does automatically. Most self defense situations are at bad breath distances out to maybe 10'. Getting it out and putting some ammo into the "black area" before he does it to you is far more important than caliber or what action the gun is. I am not a big guy. I started carrying at 21 yrs old, and I was 5-7 and 127#. I carried a 2" chiefs special, and later a PPK, IWB and pocket. My boss said it was OK to carry as long as no customers saw it and complained.. (My occupation called for me to go into "bad areas" and/or at night.)
Ruger LC9, SR9c
Kahr CW9, CW40, CW45
S&W and SA both have good pistol choices too, although I don't own them.
Or just get you a good aluminum 5 shot snubbie, which I find to be the best all around personally. I'm small framed too, and I think the J-Frame style is easiest to carry, even though I have other choices.
You might take a gander at the Ruger LC9 9mm low recoil, very concealable, plus it has sex appeal which the Glock's never will have.....LOL
OP, this is where most people started. You see, you don't have enough experience to draw from to know what you really want and need at this time. Nothing wrong with that, everyone has been there.
So, my best advice is to shoot some different guns, and decide what and why you like what you like. Then, join a shooting club, where IDPA matches are held, and mingle and talk with the participants. You are not there to compete, just observe and see different guns and holsters, and get suggestions first hand from people wha have been doing it for awhile.
As you get to know your chosen gun, become proficient with it, and learn different ways you can carry it, you may then begin to notice some shortcomings or features that you want to change.
The point is; find something you like and can use now. The Walther PPK that you mentioned is a fine carry gun. Later, you may decide you want something else, but you don't know what you don't know.
Everybody will give you their ideas, based on what they have learned works for them..but only you will know what will work for you. Just jump in and get started...experience and practical application will take it from there!
" Blessed is that man, who when facing death, thinks only of his front sight"
Some people are uncomfortable carrying cocked and locked -- that's actually the safest way to carry it, though. Remember that a 1911 also has a grip safety -- meaning there are three safety's keeping it from firing (thumb safety, grip safety, and trigger).