If you are an experienced shooter, 1911 all the way. That is my pistol of choice. BUT As far as handguns go, you simply cannot beat the simplicity of the Glock. Rack the slide, point, click. There is nothing else to fuss with. And, given the anticipated situation where you would use it, you will be very, very stressed. Stick with something simple. I would recommend the Glock over any other pistol which incorporates a manual safety of any kind. And, they can be found cheaply. Model 22 or 23 would serve you well.