I've never really owned a gun before, but would like to get a concealed carry permit and a nice compact concealable handgun. I do have some basic safety/shooting training with shotguns from a trap shooting course I took in college, however I have never fired a handgun. The gun store in my area offers 4 different hand gun courses and I plan to take all 4. I've been researching this idea for about 6 months and so I have a pretty good idea after reading threads on here about what's really important when it comes to picking out a gun. I have managed to narrow down my list to a few guns. One issue though is that my local gun stores doesn't seem to carry some of these guns normally, but are willing to special order them. Therefore, I really have no way of being able to check them out/fire them before purchasing. My motive behind purchasing a hand gun is basically defensive carry. I want to be able to protect myself and whoever is around me.
Here is the list:
-HK P2000SK .40
-HK P2000SK 9mm
-Walther PPS .40
-Walther PPS 9mm
I am still undecided between going w/ a 9mm vs. .40. I am getting mixed stories as to weather there is significant enough difference between the recoil to make me go one way or the other. I also realize it is more important that I shoot it accurately than have some particular caliber. IMO, if I can handle it and shoot well, I'd like to go w/ the .40. I can think of a lot of great reasons to go with either the HK or Walther. HK has a great reputation, known to reliable, and are commonly used as main duty weapons by many border/customs agents (where I got the recommendation to look at the P2000sk from). Also heard great things about the LEM trigger and it appears the hk can hold a few more bullets than the pps. Walther is also great historically, but some seem to be a bit more skeptical of their reliability lately. The walther does appear to have great safety features though. The pps is pretty new still, but haven't really heard any major complaints so far. The size of the pps is also very appealing.
So not being able to really see these guns or try them, I'm not really sure which way to go. I'm leaning more towards the .40 HK P2000sk.
The other thing I got to keep in mind is that I'm a small guy. 5'7" and I can wear a small size mens shirt, lol. Also have small hands. Anyone know how the recoil might compare between the HK and Walther? I don't want a gun that is going to knock me on my butt, lol.
Any thoughts? The gun store seamed really low on stock, so I'll talk to them later this week and see if either of these guns are going to be in anytime soon to see/shoot.
I guess I'll throw out too that I have been looking at the glock 27 simply because of its price. I need to read up more about some of the safety concerns I have briefly heard with regards to the glocks though. The gun store here does have a glock 27, and so I will have to go try it out.