A friend gave he his deceased wife's handgun, a Jennings J-22 by Bryco. I did a little reading online about this gun since I hadn't ever heard of this brand before and found it was a saturday night special. The info mainly mentioned the 38 and the 9 mm models. I am planning to use a 22 for target practice and cc. That's because I at least can get proficient on it for 2 reasons 1) less recoil which makes it very uncomfortable to shoot enough to become proficient, thus comfortable carrying and 2) lower cost ammo for practice, also a factor in shooting enough. (I'm a 5'2" woman, and have small hands, also a factor in selecting.) My son-in-law, a fed. gun instructor and who has a serious collection agrees with the proficiency angle. Even though he would prefer to have me carry my j-frame 38, becoming proficient so it will be 2nd nature is better, and he suggested using hollow-points when carrying for personal protection. The question is, is this gun one that will hold up for practice on the range and then be reliable for PP, or will I be best served by using it as a trade for something like a ruger or walther (their smaller 22 handguns -- my husband wanted me to get a compact M&P 22 which just came out but that thing is just too big for me to carry!). Any advice will be appreciated!