Hey Mas, my wife has this crazy ambition to work for the DA's office as a prosecutor. I totally support her in it but she is a small woman and the possibility that one of the bad guys she puts away seeking some payback bothers me (even if it is remote). One my conditions for her pursuing this career path is that she gets her CCW and carries it with her whenever possible (obviously not into the courthouse ). Anyway, long story short, I am in the market for a revolver that has decent stopping power, a low(er) recoil, and is small. We've got a while before the actual purchase (she's still in law school), but I wanted to start doing the research now so that we could get it and train her to be proficient before she actually needs it. As a secondary question, how do you feel about women who carry in their purse? I realize it adds a variable in terms of draw speed and it seems to me that it would be easier for her to lose the ability to draw her weapon (i.e. if she is separated from her purse), but I don't know if I can get her to carry on her person. Thoughts? PS...I am going to post a similar thread in Women's Issues (or whatever its called), but I wanted your expert opinion. Thanks.