The news of the horror in Colorado got the wife and I talking about protection and specifically our responsibility to be ready and able to protect our family from the unlikely event that we be confronted by an individual hell bent on hurting us. We currently have a full size XD for me and a Kimber ultra-carry 1911 for her. We do carry them when we feel there is an elevated risk but frankly they are big which takes planning to conceal and limits our clothing choices. We are considering a smaller more concealable package that will just fit with pretty much any clothing choice. The big thing we both agree on is no revolvers and we prefer some sort of a "real" safety though if not available would make do with carrying on an empty chamber.
Cheap to shoot would be a big plus with easy to get ammo would be a big plus so that we can afford to practice with them a great deal.