I am a 21 yr. old & just want a gun that I can handle to protect myself & my home. What kind should I get?

In the next two weeks I am going to take a hundgun carry permit class and get my handgun carry permit so I am doing everything the legal, safe, and proper way. Also, I am a fair-sized girl so I can handle a gun w/ a little kick.
Update: The reason I wanna own one is because I've been successfully robbed before and had nothing to protect myself. I don't want it to happen again.
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