About 5 yrs ago I was compelled by the threats of a lunatic to buy a .38 to keep around the house for protection. I've just changed jobs and the new job will have me occassionally travelling into some of the worst neighborhoods in my city. The .38 will stay at home at all times, but I want something to take into those bad parts of town with me. Ideally, I'd like something a bit slimmer and lighter than the .38. I was considering the Bersa Thunder 380. I would probably like to come in under $400, but that's not set in stone. Can anyone comment and/or make suggestions?