Long way from any kind of gun expert. My favorite handgun is my 357 by far the one I reach for when office alarm has gone off and such. Yet after advice of a true gun expert for my wife with many reasons I will not get into he strongly suggest the Judge for her for self defense in and around the home. Based upon the few rounds of 2 1/2 6 we shot in a Judge and a few of the 45 LC it is not a 357 but as much as she can comfortable handle and does offer her the ability to shoot the snake that crawls across our land, the stray dog or such that may threaten and have the ability to stop an intruder. If some one were breaking into our house I much rather grab it than my 30-06 which surely has much more stooping power. To me much of the comments here are like a conversation I was recently in with a friend who is a very good hunter. Most people here hunt doves with 12 gage while his preferred gage is 28. He is very valid proof a well place smaller load is much more effective than a poorly place larger load of any kind.
Now if you wish to attack my thoughts do so and know I check such very very seldom so don't expect me to defend my beliefs. There is very seldom only one tool for any job and in self defense is one area where there are many variables that come into play.