I get questions along that line a lot. I want to carry but I don’t want to change my style so I need something really small. Well, ok, but have you shot one of the really small guns yet? No, want to try one of mine? Then, the response is usually where was the Glock 19 you showed me?
Tiny guns are convenient, maybe even a little cute. What they are not is easy for beginners. If you are a new shooter and you think you want something small, before you open your wallet, try one. The lighter the gun, the more difficult it usually is to control. And there are a plethora of small polymer frame guns on the market. Most of my shoes weigh more than these guns. They are hard on the wrist, touch to aim, difficult to control…at least that is my experience. I never recommend less than a 9mm to a new shooter, and nothing smaller than a Ruger LC9, which I like because it has enough weight to it that it shoots like a larger gun. It has the slim profile of a single stack magazine. It is my go to for when I need a lower profile than my go to Glock 19.
If it hurts your hand, you won’t want to practice with it, and if you don’t practice with it, you won’t be proficient…If you are not proficient, you have a door stop.
They have a use, but if you are starting out, be kind to yourself and go with something midsized or larger. Shoot something you will be happy with, then as your skills and confidence progress, consider going tiny as a back up if you really want to.