Well this is my first thread. I've owned a Public Defender since it arrived on the shelves. One of the reasons I bought it was due to the ease of hitting the target in a stress fire situation with a Winchester 3 pellet as the first shot due to the wide spread & the other 4 chambers loaded with Federal Premium 000. I've read the review on Shooting Illustrated & it said the Federal load was preferred. It averaged 745 fps which might have read low due to the pettern through the chrono. The problem I've seen with the ballistics is that the pellets are only about 70 grains apiece which at that low velocity would only produce about 86-90 lbs of energy per pellet at the muzzle. I noticed even the lighter 225 grain .45lc loads only fly about 700 fps from a 2" bbl which is only 245 lbs of energy. So anyway I've been looking at the new Ruger LCP & I like the idea of carrying that around instead of the bulky Judge. I know it's "only" a .380 but from what I've seen as far as ballistics go, the Judge doesn't seem to be much more beneficial to this little mouse gun. Also being a southpaw makes the already hard to speed load Judge even harder. What do y'all think? I'm also open to opinions for any other southpaw friendly ccw pistols.