First, the gun store employee is a por source of information, both this individual and as a gross generalization.
Second, all hollow point amo is not created equal. Federal HDT is a good choice, there are several close competitors.
Third, practice is a key aspect of training for self defense. The trouble is that most people have no idea how to train, and tend to reach out to poor quality training resources. If you are serious about learning to defend yourself with a firearm, THIS is where most of your research energy - and eventualy money - should go. Do not neglect the legal aspects - USCCA is a good place to start.
Fourth, feel free to practice with your PF9. I would not put the PF9 in the category of a heavy duty range gun, but my idea of heavy duty and your may be very different. I think little of shooting 300-400 rounds per session, and I train regularly. I would not expect the PF9 to keep up with my trainign regimen. At the end of the day consumables dominate my costs, and much more durable handguns are available for not that much more than a PF9.
Fifth, a PF9 is a light, small carry gun. If it suits your carry requirements and proves reliable in practice, by all means cary it.
Sixth, go find a local IDPA match. Go watch a few stages. Talk to people. IDPA is a game, but people even minimally equipped and competent in this game are vastly more prepared than most.
I do not accept ever-increasing restrictions on life and liberty in the hope of being viewed as 'reasonable'.
Last edited by Beastly; 01-06-2017 at 05:15 AM.