Never realized it was that bad. Thankful I am born and bred AZ.
I say leave NY to the people that want the government to tell them how to wipe there butt. I agree moving is harder the longer you wait.
The only reason to have a Permit in AZ is so you skip the less than fifteen minute 4473 process before leaving gun in hand. I don't mind the 4473 or the extra few minutes.
As for pistol eh get what you want. Nothing wrong with Smith, Colt or Ruger. It's your money and your baby. Don't settle just because you have to save longer. I learned that growing up when I got a mini 14 instead of an AR15 because I could afford to get it now rather than saving longer for what I really wanted.