Good Morning, I just got the call from my Resident State Trooper's office to schedule an interview with the ranking Sgt. This is the next step toward hopefully obtaining my permit. Nervous, as I really don't know what to expect, but looking forward to it all the same. Anyway, while patiently awaiting the culmination of the permit process, I have been researching a handgun for HD and possible EDC, plus a safe for the home. I've been to a few "practice sessions" at the LGS and tried a few different pistols, but was limited to 9mm for these sessions. I really came to like the M&P9 M2.0 full-size. It fit like a glove, and I liked the tactile reset; not a huge fan of the hinged trigger but I can definitely get used to it. Plus I shot my best consistent grouping with it out of all the others I tried. Unfortunately we cannot get the M&P 2.0 compact in our state, so if I choose the full-size it will be relegated to home defense and range use as I feel it's too large for carry. They do have the 2.0 full-size in .45ACP, so once I get my permit I'll have to rent it and see if it shoots as nice as the 9mm. The reason I'm interested in the .45 is due to our state's 10-round magazine restriction, and the M&P45 has a standard capacity of 10+1 (I just have a problem with restrictions on the standard design of anything, whether it's an automobile or a gun or anything else, that's just me). Without getting into a discussion of whether "10 rounds of .45 are better than 10 rounds of 9mm," my thinking is that if I can shoot the .45 as confidently as the 9mm, I'll go with .45. The first thing I want to do though, before selecting a handgun, is to obtain a safe. I am looking for something that 1) I can keep close to the bedside, 2) can be opened quickly, and 3) is portable. The LGS only carries one brand and I know there are so many options out there, so I hope someone far more experienced than I can share their insight regarding what they find works well, and why. Thank you in advance!