As one of the few women on this site, I just thought it worth a mention how important it is to really think the decsion to carry through. By this I mean, a gun is not a bluff. If you see it as such, or hesitate in a real self defense situation it will probably end up being used against you instead of saving your life. I hope to never need to shoot someone but I know I can if they convince me I am in mortal danger. I find this mental hesitation especially a problem with many women. I encourage those who talk to me about it to be sure that they are ready both in skills and emotions to shoot someone if they have to. If they have any doubts they are better off just carrying pepper spray. This is an important thought process for all who carry actually not just the "fairer sex" like me.