Better than throwing a plastic fork or hamburger if you are in a Burger King when being held up. Any gun is better than no gun. And about carry permits. I heard a good on the other day. My nephew told me. "it is better to be judged by 12 than to be carried by six" man I cracked up. But all to true and often the jury will side with the good guy which will be you/us. Some one said the .22 mag was marginal. Well I would take it over a standard .38 any day of the year. That is the one that is marginal. Especially in the puny 2 inch barrels they make them in. And even more so when a bullet needs at least in minimum 2.5 inches to stabilize the spin. And of course not to mention all the powder that does not get burned because of the puny two inch barrel. Yep I will take a .22 mag with a 2 3/4 barrel over a regular 38 with a useless 2 inch barrel anyday.