Well, the yen for a new weapon has been fufilled.
Picked up a used Beretta 85. It's a .380auto. Picked it up used and have not had a chance to go to the range with it yet. It looks like this, except it's chambered for .380 instead of .22LR. I figured with .380 it's big enough to matter if needed, but small enough to be comfortable for Mrs. Ltlabner to shoot. Not nearly as inexpensive as .22LR, and slightly more than 9mm, but still somewhat reasonable cost per round.
My last Beretta, a 92FS (the 9mm) was a fantastic handgun. Very, very smooth slide action. Never jamed. Very little recoil. All around fun gun to shoot. Wish I had kept it. If the 85 is 75% as nice as the 92FS I'll be very satisfied.
But with the new 85 I'm anxious to get to the range and see/feal how it operates.