John, I know you are looking for a 9mm but have you looked at the Browning 1911-380? My wife got one when they first came out and she absolutely loves it. She has the original 4 1/4 barrel but Browning now makes the compact 3 5/8 barrel. It's lightweight and easy to carry. Before this, my wife never really liked to train because she would get tired. Now, she loves to train and most importantly, she carries it with her all the time. I wish Browning would make a 9mm version as they are so smooth and accurate, I don't think they could make them fast enough to keep up with demand. Anyhow, just wanted to let you know it's out there and worth looking at.