There’s been a number of different discussions here about options for people with hand strength, recoil sensitivity and other issues. Just saw the pistol above and looks like it could be a viable option.
With the tip up barrel you don’t need to rack the slide. With the manual safety you can carry it with the hammer back so you don’t have to deal with the long and heavy trigger pull of a DA or revolver. It has a good capacity. And being a .380 with a 22oz frame the recoil should be very manageable but it is not too heavy for most people to be able to carry.
The thrust of the articles was that some folks with older, weaker, or mildly arthritic hands simply cannot handle the operation or recoil of the more powerful center fire ammunition, but can handle a .22 adequately. Further, given that shot placement is so important in stopping a threat, a well placed .22 can be as or more effective than a less accurate .380 or 9mm.
Thus, the recommendations in those articles was for those who need to, find a reliable .22, learn to shoot it well, and carry it. A usable gun is much more helpful than no gun.
Plus, remember Tom Givens’ mantra: “Carry your d@mn gun!”
Given the above, I think it would be totally proper for CCW classes to allow, or even encourage, small caliber handguns for those who need or would benefit from using them.
You would still have to rack the slide to quickly load a new round out of the mag after a malfunction as well as to fix some malfunctions but suspect that being able to tip up the barrel would make it easier to deal with light primer strikes as well as some failure to extract and eject situations.
Ideally this pistol would be relatively easy to rack as well.
Knock off of the old Beretta 86 Cheetah. Lots of easy rack pistols lately. Thumbing the hammer back alleviates a lot of the force necessary to rack a slide. Recoil can be alleviated with ammo selection. Norma NXD 65 grain 9mm has noticeably less recoil than 115 grain.