I'll also be moving out on my own to an area where crime/breakin is actually an issue. I mainly just want one around as a safety to protect my girlfriend and I, but if I'm going to spend that much money on something I might as well be able to have some fun with it at the range, too. I'd like to stay in the range of $400-500 (cheaper is fine, too!). I'm not too sure about any specific brand, but I'd like something fairly compact, reliable, easy to maintain, and with relatively cheap ammunition. Customization is also a plus. That said, I like the look of the Walther P99 and most of the XD handguns. Also, are there any websites around that I can sort of "shop" for pistols to get some general ideas of how much various guns cost?