Since i have taken heat in the way that I worded some of the opening sentences in this thread I feel that it's best to re-word a few things without deleting what I previously said. I got in a discussion with a friend regarding their 32 cal handgun. Keltec P32 to be exact. It was my personal bias that the gun was not only small but shot peas and that it would be insufficient for self defense. I started this thread in hopes to educate myself a little more. I tried to go back in and put a "?" at the end as in stating a question but I cannot edit the title so... that's where some of it comes off as me being arrogant. I'm trying to show a friend that his P32 Kel Tec is not sufficient for a self defense gun I almost think that a 22lr would be better. 1. Stopping power 2. Round capacity 3. Piss poor sights To their defense: His wife has an issue with her right wrist and it's hard for her to take the recoil of larger calibers. We went out shooting last weekend and she was a little nervous to shoot my XD40. I don't blame her. I've never shot a 9mm and I'm wondering how close the recoil is from a 9 vs the 32. Anything else I am missing? I'm not slamming the gun I'm just pointing out that if I were to trust my life to it I would rather carry a knife. If this is in the wrong place, feel free to re-locate.