If you plan on getting into a gunfight make sure you are willing to kill your adversary. Trying to play softball by just stopping them by blunt trauma will get you killed for sure. Learn to shoot well and learn how to put your opponent down. I'm sure if you are sucked into a situation where deadly force is needed that you will be shown no sympathy at all and the cretin will probably be much more practiced at killing you than the other way around. The Border Patrol used rounds meant to incapacitate until Brian Terry was shot in a gunfight so I believe you may want to rethink your objective. I like to carry a 9mm or 357 SIG and shoot for the head/throat area.