That't why I was suggesting the Star PD. VERY reliable weapon, as it's based on the 1911 frame. Lightweight Alloy frame, machined steel slide, with a 3.5 in BBL. PRICE is cheap at around 250.00 (They're all used) That place in Maine has one, and I've already looked at it. Also (gulp) I was considering the SW40VE for the very same purpose. I know Sigmas have a bad rap, but at 235.00 used and 320.00 new, if you tune it up a little, til you're 110% comfy with it, the pistol should supplimant the purpose. I have one on hold in Maine so I can look at it real good. What Mafgers are you considering? I know you spoke of Sig and Taurus, but who else?