Okay so I'm doing the class Saturday, but because of the way things are in this town, it will be October before I am actually licensed. Anyway. I will most likely just use my Hi-Point niner to qualify, but for the future I will want to have something that can actually be carried. I don't want to spend more than $350-400 absolute maximum, and I want something as slim and svelte as possible. At 5'3" 140lb there is not much room for excess on my frame The current frontrunners are the Ruger LCP, because well, obvious. And it looks like a higher quality piece, or at least is from a higher quality marque, than the Kel-Tec P3AT. Second is the Bersa Thunder, because I like it, and unlike the LCP would be fun to shoot at the range. Actually, I could see myself owning both of these at some point, but that wouldn't be for a while. Gun shop had a used Bersa Thunder two-tone for $199 last time I was there. The other option is a Makarov, but it's not going to be nearly as easy to buy as the other two. Next show in this area is 5 weeks from this weekend, and who knows if someone will have a German or Bulgy for an acceptable price. Or, for that matter, if I even know what a good one looks like. Same gun shop does have a used CZ-82, however... and a bunch of PA-63s (no thanks). I do have in mind the power difference between a .380ACP and a 9x18. I'm not sure if there are any other good options I am missing, but if you know any, let 'em fly.