The S&W 380 Shield EZ is an excellent pistol for a beginner, someone who has arthritis, a person who wants less recoil than a 9MM, an elderly person, or someone who doesn’t have the strength to rack the slide on other semi-automatics. The EZ is light and very accurate at 20-30 feet. The magazines hold 8 rounds and I had four failures to eject while shooting the first two magazines. The next 150 rounds had no problems. Once in a while when breaking in a pistol the magazines are really stiff. I put this pistol through a test for defensive purposes, not target shooting. I was shooting from 30 feet while moving, in a crouch position, one-handed, two-handed, left-handed, and all were rapid fire with two or three bursts. There are excellent videos on YouTube for the 380EZ and I highly recommend this pistol.