As a TN handgun instructor and a female, you are right. My first CC weapon was a Rossi .38 snub nose that I still love to carry today but it is a bit heavier than my others. Even though we can operate the most sophisticated kitchen equipment women are still intimidated by the slide. No doubt to carry a weapon you have to know it and have faith that it will do what you tell it in an emergency. If you are afraid of the handgun, you won't carry it and won't have it when you need it. I compare it to cars. The revolver is like an automatic car - you put it in drive and you go. The semi-auto is like a 5 speed- does the same thing but takes more practice to learn how to be smooth. Both get you there.