So as I mentioned in another thread where I asked about pricing and such on the P238, my fiancee took her CWP course yesterday from a private instructor with her parents.
She said overall it went really well and she was glad she got to ask so many questions and she seems to have learned a lot. The other great thing that came out of it is that she listened to him when he advised she try revolvers for ease of use and reliability (gee I seem to remember saying the same thing...) and she's going to give them a try at the range today.
Well, we were discussing the class and what she learned last night and there were quite a few things I didn't necessarily agree with and wanted to get everyone's thoughts on it... since I don't really know.
He advised that a woman carry nothing other than a .357 revolver, .40 S&W, or .45 ACP for defensive carry. He said that things in the .380/.38 Special category lack the necessary power to make it an effective defensive weapon.
Personally, I disagree. My understanding is that modern defense ammo has made even the "smaller" calibers effective for defense. Also, considering her issues handling my P239 in .40 S&W there are comfort concerns with the larger caliber.
I don't want to start a caliber war, so please don't. What I want to know are thoughts on what caliber we should be looking for. She handled a .380 at the range very well and like the way that it shot... but now she's terrified by what the instructor told her because she doesn't think it'll be able to stop anyone.