When my wife complained we didn't even have a baseball bat at home for self defense, I purchase two of these guns. After minor tweeking, the are the first line of defense in our cars and for travel. Proof of the ease with which new shooters can familarize themselves with the weapon is the fact that my wife, who had shot exactly one pistol before in her life, held a 3" group at 10 yds for her CHL qualifier. It was the first time she had ever fired that weapon!
The near straight line recoil makes shooting a 40 a breeze even for non-manly types, or women. A 9mm is like butter.