The first handgun I bought and still have today is my Browning Hi Power 9mm. It's reliable and easy to handle. I would also recommend a .38 special revolver. I use a Taurus .38 special as my carry gun. It's light, easy to handle and maintain, plus it will never jam. The best thing to do is go to a range and rent some pistols out and see what you like. Pistols are like women, everyone has their own personal preference.