my brother bought one a few years ago for home defence. he brought it down to my house to practice with it. i was impressed with it and how well it shot. recoil wasn't near what i expected from such a short barreled pistol. he has a wife and two young daughters and this was what he ended up getting for SD in his home. the only drawback is the price. it's just a little more than i'm willing to pay for one right now. but IMO, i personally think they are a viable option for home protection, especially loaded with some good ammo. if not for the Judge and the others coming on the market, the 410 might have slipped into never never land! i believe the Judge gave the 410 a new lease on life.