With a Scandium alloy frame and a Titanium cylinder, this 4" power house is quite a handful. I found the wood grips had sharp corners that hurt my hand when firing. The Hogue grips are much better. For home defense, I have it loaded with CCI 44 mag shot shells. what a nasty surprise for one or several intruders. I once killed a 5' rattlesnake with a 38 shot shell so a 44 must be devastating without the over penetration.