Agree with Zombieslayer and Sarge83. The Russian Makarov PM with adjustable rear sight would be my choice for a shooter friendly first gun. The Russian ones with the adjustable rear sights have a really nice (Sig-like) DA trigger. No spring change necessary.
Also like the Sig 232, and the smallest of the bunch, the PPK which makes for a great ankle gun.
Good luck with your decision.
For 20 years the sea was my home, always recall the sun going down, and my trusty friend, a 1911 pistol, strapped to my side.