I think I know the direction I need to go - the range will ultimately decide. However, I'm still in research phase> I am female and have relatively weak hand strength. I also have smaller hands overall. I am looking for a firearm for personal protection and that is just fun to shoot as well. I really like the HK USP Compact 9mm. I am still open to suggestions to investigate. One kicker--I'm in Cali so we have some restrictions I appreciate any and all advice and ideas you provide.