Having read these boards for a few weeks, I get the impression that most of you subscribe to the (not invalid!) theory that for self-defense, bigger is usually better. Lots of you, for example, seem to prefer the .45 ACP above all other calibers, especially if it resides in a 1911 Colt or Kimber. I think some of you would carry a 155mm howitzer if you you could figure out a way to hide and tote it! OK, I can buy that, at least in general. Given a choice in a gun fight, I too prefer the greatest amount of firepower I can muster. But, I would argue, carrying that kind of firepower is often not practical, nor is it always even possible given the real-world lives we all must live each day. Does anyone out there agree with me that there is a place for the so-called "mouse guns" in the scheme of things, at least from time to time? Granted, these cartridges and the firearms which use them are positively NOT the best and most efficient choice, but wouldn't you agree they're a damn sight better than nothing? As a college instructor, I often find myself in situations where I wish to go armed, but carrying anything larger than a small Beretta auto simply isn't possible. A Glock 30 in a shoulder or belt holster tends to be hard to conceal with one's coat off! Wouldn't want to give the ol' college pres a coronary, now would we? Might be inimical to my continued employment As for me, when I find myself in that situation, I will usually carry a Beretta 3032 (.32 ACP) or a Beretta 21 (.25 auto) in a pocket or entirely-inside-and-below-the-pant-line rig. What are some of your choices of firearm/holster combinations for this kind of situation?