Still, what makes people think this is a good defensive weapon? There's lots of hype on the internet and I see people using them to qualify for CWPs.
Some folks next to us at the pistol range had one out over the weekend. I think they were shooting the .410 Winchester PDX load which is much vaunted on teh internets (basically, three disks with ballistics approaching the mighty .32 ACP and a bunch of BBs). Target at 5 yards. The load performed pretty much as reported on the internet; the three discs were spreading out over what looked like around 5" and the BBs were all over the place, with probably around a quarter off the paper (looked like a fairly standard ~20" wide humanoid type target). The recoil looked pretty heavy and it was slow back on target but then again they weren't in an aggressive combat shooting stance when firing it, so its probably better if you control the weapon with an aggressive stance. Noise was fairly hellacious.
I had my GP-100 out next station over and was putting controlled pairs of .38 special +P JHP into a thoracic cavity sized circle in about two seconds (fast as the range allows), but hey, to each their own. On the way home DW commented that the Judge was probably awesome as a defensive weapon if you anticipated taking all shots at 3 to 7 yards, you never had to worry about an adverse background (i.e. you never carry it in a public place), you never have to worry about family members potentially in the line of fire, you never have a failure to stop, and if there aren't too many assailants. Needless to say we're both sticking with the M&P on the street, and a long gun AND an M&P in the house.
But if you have a lot of snakes that need to be turned into belts, the Judge might just be the ticket.