Welcome to the forum from sunny Arizona. As far as picking out a weapon, that depends entirely upon you, what your needs are, what the weapon is going to be used for and if you have had a weapons training at all. You are asking a question that is hard to answer especially since we know little about your experiences. You will find many different opinions and there is no right or wrong answer. Answer the above information, then make a decision. If you have had no experience with weapons before, then I would strongly recommend to attend classes on the different types and styles. You can also rent weapons from a lot of ranges and they have safety officers to assist you.