Looking for BEST - 9mm - for home protection?!?
Hello everyone I am just out of a military service, and I now live in the San Francisco bay area. I'm looking at purchasing a handgun for personal protection/home safety (plus time in the range), and don't really know where to turn. I wish I could just go for an M-4, because that's what I know and what I'm comfortable with, but I'd say a handgun is the way I'm headed.
I live with my girlfriend, and I want something that she will have an easy time firing as well, which is why I'm relatively set on a 9mm, as opposed to a .40 cal. The velocities are roughly the same, from what I understand, and the.40 doesn't really do all that much more damage. That said, it's the accuracy and ease of firing multiple successive rounds for both myself and my girlfriend that I have the 9mm in mind.
I want something relatively compact and (preferably) with a polymer frame. Money, unfortunately is an issue. I'd like to have a limit of 600 dollars, but I'll spend more if I can find something I love.
Reliability and Accuracy are KEY!!!
That said, I have to love the look of the gun, which is why I'm straying from the glock. I've been looking at a few guns in particular. First off, I love the Jericho (baby eagle) polymer compact. Also, the Walther p99 is a great looking gun (never held it though). And I've heard great things about the SIG's - I was thinking maybe a p229 or 239 (don't really know the difference) or a p250 (which I've heard mixed things about).
I would appreciate any info on the handguns I just mentioned - reviews, comparisons, opinions on which are best, etc.
Also, if there are other guns that I didn't mention that you think might fit the bill, let me know.
Thanks in advance for your time an patience in dealing with a handgun newb....