I carry a G19, a G26 or a Beretta Type M, which are all 9mm. If I were taller I would carry a full size 5" 1911.
The Beretta is stainless and I have a thing for stainless guns. It's in a High Noon holster that pulls it in very close
to my body, which makes it very concealable.
Of all the guns that I have shot, nothing feels like a
Govt. 1911 or a Browning Hi-Power. SA makes a 9mm
1911, that is very fun to play with at the range.
It's great that the two of you went shooting together!