Originally Posted by ckeeton
safety yes, and double action.
basically you'll get a boatload of answers since everyone has their own likes/dislikes
. your best bet is to handle some in the shop (better yet on a range) - w/ a handgun the "fit" is most important, so that is a personal thing...
but to give you a place to start (i'll skip my speil about M&Ps, which i like because they don't have a safety), ...i handled a beretta PX4 compact 9mm a month or two ago - it was very very nice, ...but i didn't like the thumb safety (but it sounds like you're looking for one w/ a safety, so..)... springfields models don't have thumb safeties, but have a grip safety that is actuated when gripping the gun, so you may like that feature...