Both my wife and I have CCWs and we each carry one of these in off-body carry bags- she in her purse and I in a small shoulder bag. We have found the 442s to be readily concealable, and though light, very shootable at seven yards, which is probably optimum range for these little guns. We shoot light self-defense loads of 38 special, as plus-p loads are uncomfortable to shoot. I have had both compact 9mm and 380 autos, and I opted for revolvers due to simplicity and reliability. Also, I am past 65 and find it difficult to operating auto slides (sure, the experts can show you how anyone can do it, but wait until you are 70). I have not tried the Taurus, and opted for the S&W as a tried-and-true model.