I know what you're thinking. This here's a .22 LR, the most anemic handgun cartridge in the world. So I'm just going to have to shoot you 9 times in the head. Dirty Harry jokes aside, if you carry a pistol for self-defense, it's all about how well you can shoot it and how convenient and unobtrusive it is to carry. And to all those people who think a .22 is not an effective round, there are plenty of Mob hit men and intelligence operatives who would disagree with you. Shot placement is everything, and it's especially easy to improve your shot placement if you can shoot a lot, without it costing you an arm and a leg, and without getting carpal tunnel for your trouble. This little pistol is light, reliable, accurate, and easy to carry. It works for me.