New shooters, pay attention! The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZs in .380 are for you. Also great for any grip issues, the Shield EZs offer an easy-to-rack slide, and are available in an Original version, the Crimson Trace laser version, and a Performance Center version.
A 9mm single-stack is an easy gun for concealed carry, and the Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 offers some upgrades that make it an even better option, including the modified frame and grip texture, and optional night sights.
Colt's Combat Elite series offers a family of 1911s - the Defender 3" barrel, Commander 4.25" barrel, and Govt 5" barrel models - with a slew of the same features to handle everything from competition to concealed carry. Plus, a tip on running 1911s from Colt's Mark Redl.