I recall when these came out nearly 15 years or so ago. I've never shot one. I have had a couple of Taurus revolvers. The 5 shot ultralight .38 with +P ammo has quite a snap to it. Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to the .410 side of this. The advantages are you are likely to get at least a few pellets on target. The disadvantages are you're not likely to get "stopping power" at any distance, if at all. A review I saw when these first came out said they don't penetrate much, especially if the bad guy is wearing a jacket of any thickness. I believe the guy shot a scarecrow dressed in a shirt and a hunting jacket. The clothes stopped all the pellets. Here's a couple of short videos by a guy who shot at drywall (some pellets actually bounce off) and then at a "flesh simulating" material. There are always discussions of stopping power and the like, but the reality is that in a self-defense situation, no one is a soldier at war. The bad guy will not advance towards danger. This is why crime is lower where citizens are not deprived of the right to self-defense...criminals are after soft, unarmed targets, and don't bother engaging where there's a risk of encountering armed resistance. So [ignoring the PCP Effect] the bad guy's probably not gonna keep coming once the first shot goes off in a classic home invasion/burglary situation. And the .410 pellets shot out of this thing are not gonna penetrate the wall, which can be a major plus in many scenarios.