Not an expert by any means but been shooting all type of guns for over 50 years. I firmly believe that everyone should choose their own carry gun. It should be one that they are comfortable with in operation and can shoot accurately, not one that is my preference but is their preference. My wife loves to shoot and will shoot almost any type of gun at the range and normally can shoot it well. She carries daily and she choose a S&W 642 with a CT laser grip as here personal carry weapon. She said that she choose it because of there being a less likely of a problem if in a high stress situation with the operation of the gun. It is light weight and easy to conceal, there is no safety to turn off, just aim and pull the trigger. If there is a misfire round just pull the trigger a second time, no slide to rack, very little to go wrong. I encouraged her to make her own decision on her carry gun choosing something that she is most comfortable with and can handle with proficiency. She is happy with her choice and I am happy that it is something she will carry verses something that is sitting at home in the safe. We go together to the range weekly and carries daily.