Dville is Duncanville, just south of Dallas off of I-20 between Highway 67 and Spur 408.
The main reason I am considering 9mm is the inexpensive ammo, I will want to put a lot of rounds through my weapon, I want it's use to be muscle memory. I do not want to drop a lot of extra dough on ammo though.
Any other suggestions on CHL classes and/or concealable weapons?
Also, do most of these classes make the process very simple as far as paperwork goes?
The paperwork is easy, your instructor should have all of it in a packet. Best thing you can do is go ahead and fill out the forms on the internet, pay your CHL fee to the state and get the ball rolling. Then after you take your class, you take the paperwork the instructor gives you and send it to the state and wait. Follow the instructors instructions PRECISELY and you shouldnt have a problem. People get hung up on not signing the back of their pictures (them and instructor need to sign), bad fingerprints, etc.
Make sure you qualify with a semi-auto or you will only be licensed to carry a revolver. You can get digital fingerprints done and take those cards to the class if you want. If not, you will be doing the ink pad method. Most instructors are a one stop shop. I also went through www.chltx.com
with David. Quick class, you pay your own $13 range fee, your own gun and ammo. He is very thorough with the paperwork and I didnt have any problems. My chl came back fine the first round.
As far as concealing, some people have more trouble than others. Your woman wont have a problem, she has a purse. Im 5'8" 170lbs and can conceal a Springfield XD45 without a problem. I use a Crossbreed supertuck holster and carry at the 3 o clock position. If you know a buddy or two that conceals, meet up with them, try out their holsters and guns and see if you can conceal with theirs. I buy my pants 1 size to big and wear a belt. You must wear a belt. The belt will help keep the gun closer to the body and keep the grip from sticking out and printing.
As far as a gun, just buy a good brand. Springfield, Glock, Smith and Wesson, Sig Sauer, etc and you will be fine.
9mm vs larger bullets will ALWAYS be a debate. I side on the cautious side and carry a 45. .40 is a good in between in bullet size and price per bullet. I think 9mm is $10 a box at Walmart, .40 is $12.50 and .45 is $15 a box. Not a HUGE difference