I wish I could say “yes” to this question. Let me say that there are plenty of good and well-qualified experts in gun shops. However, those who are uninformed or take a flawed approach to firearm selection probably far outnumber those who know what they are talking about. There are a million lines of bad advice that pass over gun shop counters every day but there are two telltale signs that you can rely on to know when the advice you are getting is off base:
If you hear either of these myths emerge from the mouth of a gun shop guy, just smile, say “thank you very much” and move on.
If you live in the Birmingham Alabama area, I would be happy to schedule a time to provide you with a basic concealed carry course and help you pick out the gun that is best for you.
As always: Be prepared. Stay Vigilant. Remember that YOU are your first line of defense.