So I'm 24 and decided its perhaps optimistically foolish to not have a good means of self defense in my home. I live in Illinois and I filled out the paperwork for the FOID card at the first of the month. I'm still waiting on it to come back, they certainly take their time. In the meantime though I'm looking at options for my first gun. I'm thinking a 9mm would be about right to learn with. Money isn't too much of a concern because I'll most likely have only 1 now, 2 at most in the future I'd guess, and I figure it'll last forever. Illinois isn't a concealed carry state, so that isn't a concern for me. I might be moving to one in the future though so I guess having that option might be nice. I'm a big guy, never wear shorts, and seldom even just a tshirt so that should help I imagine. Anyway, so far I'm most interested in a Walther P99 in quick action(to me this seems like the best option for my uses, agree?). The beretta 92fs, sig p226 (used), and maybe the glock 19 are also on my list to shoot. Is there any others that I should add to that? USP? HK and Sig both seem to be getting up there in price, is there really a quality difference between them and beretta or walther? The Springfield XD9 I ruled out because of some quality issues I hear about, true or not its not worth the risk/hassle to me. Is there like a newegg of guns that I can look at for comparison pricing? I may just buy it locally no matter what since buying online sounds like a hassle. Btw there is a range about 75 miles away I plan to go to for lessons, practice, and to try the guns before buying.