Having just put in my FFID application this week, I guess I have a lot of time to think about it lol. Gun will be for range and HD. CC isn't a concern.
1. Decided on a 9mm: sounds like it's the best balance of having some stopping power for HD, but still manageable for someone new, and reasonable ammo cost.
2. I have REALLY short fingers. On men's small size gloves, I'm generally not able to fully fill out the fingers, though my palm is more like a medium.
3. Low muzzle flip. My understanding is that this will come from "full size" guns with 4+ inch barrels.
I think I've narrowed it down to either a Springfield XD9 Service or a Sig Sauer SP2022.
XD9: Sounds like it's small hand friendly, great overall reviews. I like the idea of all the safeties and physical loaded chamber indicator.
SP2022: Grip is replaceable to a smaller size, great overall reviews, and my understanding is that the DA/SA trigger lends itself well to HD because it makes it that much harder for to let out an unintended first shot. "Stock" magazines are 15 rounds, just making the NJ limit. Browsing around on the net for the XD9 it seems like they usually come with 16rd mags and I've have to buy 10 rd mags separately.
And more importantly, I love how both these guns look
Other brands I've considered:
Glock: Somewhat curious about the Glock 17/19. Though I never seem to see those guns cited in searches from people with similar requirements as me.
Beretta: grips are supposed to be too big
HK or other SIGs: don't want to mortgage my house to pay for the gun (as if I had any equity in my home!)
Revolvers: fired them years ago and hated it! Stil something I'd be willing to revisit at some point.
Browning Hi-Power: Supposed to be a blast to shoot and has short reach to trigger. Unfortunately, I'm not that keen on the look. Still, the reviews seem favorable enough that I should try it out at some point.
Probably planning on a Ruger SR22 as a second gun, FWIW.
Any thoughts between the XD9 and SP2022? Any other suggestions?