I've been researching semi-auto pistols vigorously for the past couple months, in anticipation of buying one in about three months. After holding dozens of guns in gunshops, and firing a few styles I haven't used previously, I've settled on the Sig P229 in .40 S&W. The "runners up" were the SA Mil-Spec 1911, the FN Hi Power in .40, and the SA XD40 Service. I'm only buying one gun, and want it for range, home defense, and eventually, CCW. I'm a lefty with small hands, FWIW. Your input is welcomed!