I know you were considering a full size glock (like the Glock 17) but you changed your mind because of the conseal thing... You have to remember that the G17 takes 17 round hi capacity magazines, and the G19 doesn't (well, all the 9mm mags are interchangable with Glock, its just a matter of it fitting flush with the gun).
This is something to consider. I love my G17, it does everything I want it to and never misses a beat.
I'm not dissing on the G19 or anything as it is still a GREAT pistol, but I know you're big like me and have big hands... I just bought a Glock 27 (baby glock in .40).. It shoots great, but it doesn't compare to my full sized pistols because of its size. The G19 grip is too short for my hand and I hate shooting it without a magazine extender, so whats the point you know?
I dunno, sorry for rambling. They are all good guns, just keep the high capacity mag thing in mind.
I'd like to spend ~300-500 to get set up. obviously i'd prefer to spend less than more, but i'll spend what it takes to do it right (even if it means over-shooting my budget). I figure the gun and two magazines should start me off just fine. I can get my hands on a locking case locally pretty easily.
I'm still leaning towards the smaller 19. I measured my palm's width and they are a bit over 4" wide when relaxed. How does that compare to yours?
Its internet only and they wont even talk to you about guns unless you have an FFL on file. Trust me they hung up on me when I told them I wanted to place an order to be sent to my FFL guy prior to me having one.