Here are my questions:
1) Do you ever carry a .22 for self defense?
2) What reliable pocket size .22 do you recommend and why?
I know that a .22 cal. pistol for self defense sound crazy, but this is why I ask...... I currently have a S&W shield 40 which I LOVE, but am thinking about those days when I will be wearing clothing that simply will not accommodate my shield (I live in FL and will not always be able to conceal my shield but will not carry in a purse). I know that .380's can be very small, but I have very long hands for a woman and cannot hold on to them due to too much recoil and not enough grip. My trigger finger is all scrunched up when pulling the trigger. I thought that a .22 cal would be easier to hold on to due to less recoil and would also give me a pistol that my daughter could start to learn to shoot with. I realize there is a huge difference between that damage that will occur using a .22 vs. .40, but I also know that a well placed .22 shot will do what I need done. After all, a .22 does enough damage that nobody wants to let me shoot them so they can prove to me that it is under powered!