I finally chose a new handgun. I tested out about a half dozen. Most of my friends who are over 60 carry Glocks and swear by them. The younger crowd only carries Springfields (which I have a very hard time with the slide). I liked the Smith and Wesson the best. I bought the M&P 9c. It's my first 9mm although I've been buying ammunition for it for about six months. I have more 9mm than I do the .38 special ammo.
I don't dislike the .38 special but I wish I had been more informed prior to buying it. I do have a feeling that I will be keeping it in the safe and carrying the 9mm more often. There may be times that the smaller weapon will fit better with what I am wearing. We'll see.
In California there is a 10 day waiting period. They are serious about the 10 days. I purchased it last Wednesday at 4:00. This means I can pick it up at Saturday at 4:00. The store closes at 4:00 so the clerk said if I am there right at 4:00 when they close she can give it to me. Otherwise I have to wait until Monday. Once I get it I will call the instructor who taught the CCW class. I'll meet with him and qualify shooting this weapon. Then he'll give me a certificate, I'll go down to the sheriff's office, pay the $15 and add this gun to my CCW permit.
It's a extra process since I didn't own it when I got the permit but it's really not hard to add additional guns to it.