There as always been a J-frame near me. I carried one as a back-up on patrol and SWAT, and it is still my BU gun. I teach and preach that the 5 shot 38 sp is the basic PPD, so I have a lot of students, mostly women, who carry them. What I tell people is carry the MOST gun you are comfortable with, becasue if it is 'uncomfortable' you will eventually stop carrying. I have a lot of respect for those who still carry the 1911's, as they are one of my favorite handguns (we go WAY BACK)! But THE 39 OZ is more than I like to carry these days. My Shield fills the bill.