I carry as big as my clothing will allow. Typically a j-frame in the summer and my Coonan in the winter.
Its hard to strut around on the beach in a thong when you are trying to CCW a Desert eagle
Shot placement is everything! I would rather take a round of 50BMG to the foot than a 22short to the base of the skull.
all 23 of my guns are 45/70 govt 357 mag, 22 or 12 ga... I believe in keeping it simple