Why the emphasis on "lightweight" carry guns? I personally prefer carrying a weapon with a little heft. I could carry just about any handgun I cared to, and I own many to choose from; however, my two carry companions for the last 15 years (that all alternating -- I don't carry two at the same time) have been either a full size 1911, or a .40 caliber Firestar, which was the first compact .40 caliber. Y'all all know the shape and size of a 1911; the Firestar is about the size of the Colt Officer's ACP that was my carry prior to switching to the Firestar. (Although different internally, the controls of the Firestar are the same as a 1911 -- a very underrated little gun, but that's another story). I carry in either a IWB holster behind my hip, or, if more concealment is needed, in a "bellyband" under my shirt, without printing or discomfort; their weight and size is so unnoticeable that I frequently forget that I'm wearing them -- I'll have been home a couple of hours before I realize I haven't taken them off yet. (I'm an average sized person) Why do I carry these guns instead of a smaller, lighter "concealment" gun? 1. Caliber. I like self defense calibers that start with a "4". The .380 used to be known as a "mousegun" (yes, I know advances in ammo has increased it's stopping power), and I've never been a fan of the 9mm (but let's not get into that discussion here). 2. Accuracy. Both of my carry guns are reasonably accurate up to 25 yards. (Yes, I know studies have shown that most gunfights occurs at less than 7 yards. My guns work just fine at this distance too.) Decent sight radius and you can get a good grip on 'em. 3. Control. I believe that the ability to re-acquire a target (or multiple targets) is an important aspect of a self defense firearm. With my carry guns the ability go get back on target quickly is not a problem, even when shooting one-handed. So . . . why the preference for "little" guns?