Firearms

The Best Gun for a New Shooter: Semiautomatics vs. Revolvers

People new to shooting—especially women—tend to gravitate toward the smaller .38 Special lightweight revolvers and even though the myth of the “girl gun” is repeatedly proven to be untrue, many gun salesmen still steer women toward these pack-a-punch revolvers. Though revolvers do have fewer parts and are typically more reliable than semiautomatics, the snub-nosed .38 revolver is not necessarily the best choice for the first time shooter. Here’s why.

Recoil

Young, dark haired woman in yellow shirt fires the P290 at a targe.
The smaller and lighter weight the gun is, the more it is going to ‘kick.’

I get the reason why new shooters think a smaller revolver would hurt less when shot. What I don’t understand is why a gun salesman still try to sell women on snub-nosed revolvers. Gun salesmen should know better. I say “should know better” because the perception that the smaller the gun, the less kick it has is just plain wrong. Without getting into convoluted theories of physics, the basic theory goes like this—the shorter the barrel and lighter the gun, the worse felt recoil or kick it is going to have.

Simply put, the recoil is when the gun pushes back into your hand from the amount of energy and gases released when a bullet is fired. A larger gun, with a longer barrel—for example, four or more inches longer with more weight, compared to a two-inch barreled, lighter weight gun—has more mass to absorb the recoil and therefore the shooter feels less recoil when shooting it. In effect, a larger, heavier gun is more comfortable and creates less felt recoil than a compact or sub-compact, lightweight gun.

For example, the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .38 Special revolver with a 1.9-inch barrel starts to hurt after shooting for extended periods, while the Armscor M200 .38 Special/.357 Magnum revolver with 4-inch barrel is very comfortable to shoot.

Accuracy

Randi Rogers and her GLOCK
The full-sized Glock is easy to handle.

Many expert handgun instructors agree that the revolver is not the best handgun for teaching a new shooter. Many revolvers have rudimentary sights. Generally, these sights are fixed—meaning you cannot adjust them—and have no high-visibility marks on them. These basic iron sights, in conjunction with the shorter barrel of small revolvers give the shooter a short sight radius and in turn making the small revolver harder to aim and shoot accurately.

If you look at the size difference between the GLOCK 17—a 9mm semiauto with a 4.49-inch barrel and the Smith & Wesson Model 637 with 1.87-inch barrel and no rear sight, it is easier to be more accurate with the GLOCK 17 than the 637.

Trigger

Two revolvers, the top brown handled, barrel pointing down, the bottom a black revolver, barrel pointed down on a white background
The trigger on a semiauto is generally easier to learn than on a revolver.

The majority of compact and sub-compact snub-nosed revolvers made are specifically for personal protection and concealed carry. Many of these revolvers are hammerless—the part on the back of the gun you “cock” or pull back to make the revolver ready to shoot—for a smooth, snag-free draw from a holster or pocket. A hammerless revolver will fire in double-action only. In a double-action revolver, it is not mandatory to manually pull back the hammer before firing. When you pull the trigger of a double-action revolver, the action not only cocks, but also releases the hammer. Double-action triggers take longer to pull back before the gun fires.

In my experience, though both triggers are smooth, the trigger pull on the SIG P938 9mm semiauto is 7.5-8.5 pounds while the longer 14 to 16 pound pull on the Charter Arms Pink Lady is significant. Learning the trigger on the SIG was much easier than on the Pink Lady.

Capacity and Reloading

Most small revolvers hold only five or six rounds. Because of the revolver’s design, spent cases remain inside the gun cylinder. Before reloading, you must eject those cases manually before inserting more ammunition. Revolvers can use speedloaders, which make the act of reloading quicker, however, there are definitely more steps involved in reloading a revolver than a semiautomatic pistol. Competition shooters, such as Jerry Miculek can reload a revolver in seconds. But for the beginner or even the intermediate shooter will find reloading a semiautomatic handgun faster than a revolver. Further, semiautomatic generally holds more rounds than a revolver. If you ever have to defend your life with your handgun, the adrenaline dump makes it harder to remember your fundamentals of shooting, control your fine motor skills and gives you tunnel vision. In short, it will be more difficult to hit a target—in that case, won’t you want more rounds?

RIA1911 and Ammo
Round capacity is a serious consideration when deciding between a semiautomatic and a revolver.

Though most popular subcompact .380 ACP pistols hold six to seven rounds, the Bersa Thunder 380 Plus holds 15, while snub-nosed revolvers, like the Taurus Model 85 only hold five rounds.

When teaching a new shooter, besides safety, the way a gun shoots and feels is the most important aspect in the decision for that shooter to continue the sport. Believe me, if I had given some of my girlfriends a snub-nosed, lightweight .38 Special revolver to shoot for their very first time, I would have likely turned them off guns forever. This isn’t to say the revolver isn’t a bad gun. Quite the contrary. I know many experienced women shooters who choose a revolver for every day carry. However, for new shooters, the semiautomatic pistol has plenty of merit and is often overlooked—especially when it comes to selling firearms to females.

Buying a handgun is a highly personal and individual decision. Start with a full-sized semiautomatic handgun in .22 Long Rifle, such as the Smith & Wesson M&P 22 and learn the fundamentals of safety, sight alignment, trigger control, grip and stance and then move on to bigger calibers such as the .380 ACP, 9mm, .38 Special, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. As you get more comfortable shooting, try the revolvers—just don’t rule out the semiautos because of the myth of the “girl gun.”

For more guidance on buying and shooting semiautomatic handguns for women, read the following articles:

What gun did you learn to shoot with? Tell us about it in the comment section.

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Comments (106)

  1. I was so!d a Taurus model 85 ultralite not having done research and trusting the gun GUY! Turns out a light gun with a short barrel has a lot of snap to it and it hurts! I should have studied up more, but the gun felt good in my hand, so I bought it! I still love my revolver, but will learn to grip it better next time! But it seems some men really do think we need a light, short barrelled gun….which we may not! My next gun’s going to be heavier!

  2. I think you’re article is a bit biased. You entitled it “best gun for a new shooter: Semiautomatics vs revolvers”, but you limited your discussion of revolvers to snubnose models. An airweight snubnose is a very poor choice for a new shooter, but that does’t mean other revolvers are.

    For a new shooter, the primary focus is on learning to shoot. In this setting, there are four prime factors – sights, recoil, size (in terms of fitting the shooters hand) and trigger.

    Contrary to what your article suggests, revolver with a three inch or longer barrel typically has very good, adjustable sights, which are often better than what can be found on a semiautomatic.

    Recoil is important primarily because of flinching. You want to avoid flinching and anything that can induce flinching. With a longer barrel is reduced. Also a revolver does not discharge a spent round which often will also cause flinching.

    Fitting whatever weapon to the shooters hand is important for all shooters. For women, a J-frame revolver or SP101 sized revolver often works better than the larger models. For men, the opposite – J frames can be too small to shoot comfortably. Appropriate size is true for semiautos, so I see no difference her. But size is really related ot operation and operation can also be a problem with semiautos if they are not strong enough to rack the slide easily.

    Trigger in a double action revolver is excellent when cocked, which is where one should start when first learning. As an added benefit, a spent round or two can be left in the cylinder, which will instantly reveal flinch. You can’t do this with a semiautomatic. Once they learn to hit on single action, then they can progress to double action.

    Everyone is different, but I find it much easier to teach a first time shooter to shoot on a revolver, than on a semiautomatic.

    Perhaps that’s the real answer: go get lessons first. Learn to shoot well. Once you’ve learne to shoot proficiently, try out several different revolvers and semiautomatics in variouse calibres. Then get the gun that fits your needs and desires. But then you won’t be a new shooter. You’ll be on your way to being an experienced one!

  3. I think the main reason they are touted as a good gun for females if because you can fire them easily from a purse. A slide won’t function when shot from inside a bag. Obviously, not all women carry purses or even carry their guns in their purses, but that’s the reason they are generally so popular.

  4. Assuming snub nose revolvers are “the” gun for women, does seem to be a trend in my experience. I understand the argument but it’s quite assuming. I’ve been hunting/shooting for 18 years and just got my gf in to it. It’s been a lot of fun finding the right gun for her and we’ve shot about everything out there. She settled on the ruger sp101 357 and will grow in to that caliber shooting 38’s. My gf did not enjoy the 38 j frame either.

    I also disagree with the author’s opinion on recoil and reloading. My gf and my own experience, is that semi’s have a tendency to pop up significantly more so than revolvers. As long as your comfortable with the caliber/recoil in general, I think revolvers are more comfortable shooting. This is our opinion at least. As far as reloading, I’m sorry but I can get 6 rounds in a revolver faster than six rounds in a semi. That’s just not a strong argument. Capacity is the argument, not how long it takes to load a cylinder or magazine.

    New shooters, shoot every type of handgun you can and then decide. Buy what’s comfortable and what you like. As long as it loosely meets the criteria for your intentions you don’t have to defend that decision to anyone. You just have to love your first gun and be excited. You can always get another. Gun enthusiast love to argue!! 🙂

    1. Thank you for posting your response, Michael. I am new to owning my very own gun and shooting. I like your last paragraph, I happen to be excited about my new gun and plan on learning through shooting with other handguns….And with this in mind, then I may decide to graduate to a semi automatic. My husband owns a 9mm and my brother has many guns. I plan on going to the shooting ranges with both my hubby & my brother. I know they will be a huge help.

  5. This is just lends itself to one thing WOMAN want “””SIMPLICITY period””” ..they do not spend anywhere the time at ranges as men and not as mechanically inclined as well they panic so they need PURE SIMPLICITY and some what small handguns not having to do anything in a CRISIS situation ..reason they chose revolvers? Met very sweet nice young lady at the show and she asked me what would be best for protection of course revolver or should I hand….. her a .45 Colt or Para ordinance………..what do you think? Parris Hillton probably has one I am sure IN PINK >>>all PINK and it;s a revolver ..woman could buy a Mini gun but there you go

    1. The article isn’t only about women shooters. It is about new shooters. People new to guns who are looking for their first defensive firearm. They can be any sex and any age. The more simple the firarmis to use the more likley a new shooter is to feel comfortable with it. A complicated firearm (to newbs) with safeties and buttons for mags, with night sights and ported slides will freak some people out. They’ll never pick the thing up to practice or take a course.
      Caliber is a big issue because the less recoil you’ve got the more control a new shooter or any shooter for that matter has over the firearm.
      The simplest gun out there may just be a two shot derringer. Personally I’d want a new shooter to have a little more capacity so I recommend a revolver.
      As far as caliber goes, for a first time shooter I recommend they get a 357 magnum chambered revolver and start off shooting 38 spl rounds. Once theyare comfortable they can switch up to the magnum load. Or not.

  6. I agree with the author. Generally speaking, I believe that snubnose revolvers — for most people — are expert guns.

    There are always exceptions and since I have been shooting for several years now I have occasionally gotten THE question from new shooters: “Which gun is best for me?” My response is always the same: “I have no idea.” But I am always happy to help them discover for themselves which gun is best for them by taking them to the range and renting a few. From my experience, this is the best way to settle this argument, hands down.

  7. @ Martin Pierce.

    Is there a Martin Pierce, Phrase Book available. Because, I’m trying very hard to follow your “Speech/Writing”. But, I keep getting lost.

  8. @ Semiautomatics vs. Revolvers.

    Some of you have the MIND-SET, the the article is about Revolvers ONLY. And, especially Snub Nose Revolvers with 2-inch barrels. They also have the, MIND-SET that ALL WOMEN have Small Dainty Little Hands. That are only useful for grasping the Handles of Snub-Nose Revolvers with 2-inch barrels. A women fighting for her life, using a Revolver has SIX-rounds in the cylinder. Unless she has her Muscle-Reflex Memory, tuned to where she can grab her Speedloader. She’s SCREWED after she’s spent the 6th-round. At least with a 10+1 shot, or 12+1 shot Semiautomatic. She has a fighting chance. And it far easier for a women without Muscle Reflex Memory, to find a Loaded Magazine, the it is too fined a Speedloader in the DARK. I thing its up to the young ladies in this forum to decide for themselves, and NOT for use to decide for them. Its their LIVES that are at RISK, not OURS. We can give advice, but, its not our call to CHOOSE FOR THEM, ITS THEIRS. There a lot of good compact Semiautomatics out their too, lets remember that

  9. Who’s trying to push snub-nose 38s? I don’t thing anyone is pushing anything. Short barrel revolvers are very good guns and excellent for first time shooters. As far as female cops. I’ve worked with dozens and found most to be power hungry and a real pain. I did a lot of range shooting with them and found most to be poor shots. In fact one of the PDs I worked with issued 40s to male cops and made 9mm available to female cops because they found 40s to snappy.

  10. @ CTD, ATTN: Suzanne. (Another Reason, Why Not To Buy Pink!!!)

    Must read World War Two, Project YEHUDI, under Operation ARCHERY.
    “Mountbatten Pink” or “Plymouth Pink”. Interesting reading.

  11. @ Martin Pierce.

    I read somewhere that they pushed the Maximum Flat Trajectory Range of the .30-06Sprnfld. from 3,150-meters to 5,030-meters. I can’t remember what kind of rifle was used, or even the brand of ammunition.

  12. Its all about Velocity and Cross-section bullet Mass. The higher the velocity and bullet cross-section + hp for example=more shock, wound channel, etc., etc., and so on. I like the 10mm reloads with Hornady 165 grn XTP’s myself

  13. I don’t know why almost everybody in this forum is trying to push snub-nose .38Specials on women. I don’t know of any women, in their right minds. Who are willing to own one.

    1. A snub nose 38 or 357 is an unimposing, simple to use firearm. It is concealable and uncomplicated. it is a good idea for a “FIRST FIEARM”. There are no safeties to worry about. You point and you shoot. Most shootings occur within 21 feet. You don’t need a 5 inch barrel to hit at 21 feet. You don’t need big fancy sights to hit at 21 feet. The 38spl is an adequate defense round without a lot of recoil. For a “FIRST FIREARM” for anyone it is a decent tool.

  14. Well, 2″ is OK, but .357 max loads or even .38 spcl.+p out of a blow pipe. You need Sunglasses in the dark and the Rolling Stones playing in your hearing protectors.

  15. I disagree with the statement that women Police Officers–or most Women are not agressive enough–for that matter will shoot you quicker than a Man. Reason: They have more to Loose. Lets debate it;I know a couple of—.

  16. Dave / Nathan

    VERY valid point. How ever I do record DL information and maintain in the safe for future reference. Of course if there is no record of me having the gun it is hard to confiscated.

  17. Guys, my nicest long gun is used, gorgeous TC. A friend of mine cautioned me on used HG’s since if , heaven forbid, it did come up with a questionable past during a future investigation, even if legally possessed by me, it could be confiscated. That is the kind of karma I sometimes have, so wanted to stay clear of that potential risk. In more constitutional locales, where sn#’s aren’t as closely tracked, I wouldn’t be as concerned. The place I been dealing with is so reasonable, it really doesn’t benefit me buying used. They practically gave me the 40 Pro-series, my acquaintances who only have 9 pro-series paid way more and were kinda ticked off. Positive Karma does catch me sometime too. 😉

  18. Nathan / Dave

    I bought my 686 used and they still didn’t give it away. I don’t want to come off like I know anymore than anyone else here, cause I don’t. Everything I bought years ago was new but in recent years I have started shopping used / Privately owned guns. The economy being what it is people seem to be selling guns they feel they can get by without. It really has saved me a ton of money, the quality is high if I shop and I legally eliminate gov paperwork. I have taken a number of gunsmithing classes so I know what i’m looking for and always check the blogs for reported problems before I buy. My SP101, 686, SKS and Blackhawk 44 are all used and are excellent guns. just a thought……….

    1. I agree. I am a big proponent of used guns. They do not lose value like cars for having a previous owner, and a good gun will be just as good a few thousands rounds later, if taken care of.

  19. Yeh, that was an investment Nathan. I wish I would have made mine earlier, just typically had no use for short arms and always believed they were over priced compared to long arms(& still are). With all the scrutiny, (especially with short arms) I decided to get them while we still could w/o mortgaging the house or needing to jump through 18 mos of red tape vs the current 6+ month short gun debacle we currently have locally, that probably only keeps us 0.01% safer. Paid a little over $600 for the 67 around 1yr ago. It may be an investment since ser # is odder than winning lottery to I (for once I’m #1). Dealer has not seen this since he got licensed in 40+ yrs ago, and I thought it was broken he stared at it so long 😉 There was a gorgeous 686 performance center (8-shot) he offered me a nice deal but was out of my budget. Dream is to add a 66, 686 SS or GP100 SS to the collection some day.

    1. If I had the wherewithall I would buy another 686 in a heartbeat. I think it is like the old days with houses. “Wish I had bought one 15 years ago. NOW look at the price!” The only thing with guns is it they are not subject to the crazy economy like houses are.
      The day I bought my 686 I was actually in the market for a GP100 (which I maintain is a fine gun also) and the friend who came with me said he personally would go for the 686 Classic Hunter. I took his advice. Glad I did. It is the sweetest shooting handgun i have ever experienced, never mind owned. The trigger is outstanding, and I have won 2 local Sportsmen Club shoots with it. Running deer and pin shoot. (yes, even against Semis)
      I think every gun enthusiast should own at least one 686. Unless the person can only think of Rambo shoot-em-ups and military stats. Then I say pass on it. The class of it will be lost on you.

  20. Dave

    Oh I actually just wanted to lighten up the mood a little. As you can tell I am a Ruger Guy, American Owned and American Made. I also own a Taurus 40 Slim and an S&W 686 and several others. The 686 is an outstanding wheel gun and Taurus value to quality is hard to beat. I want to add a double action 44 magnum to the collection now but like most of us there are another 20 guns I would like to add.

  21. Good plug for the Ruger, Mc Ruger. I wanted a SS GP100. Couldn’t be found because they were in demand & out of production for a while. Ended up with a nice Mod67 instead. Built like a tank. (wanted a 686 and they were sold out and of course the mod66 goes back into production a year later) Mom hates them because the 66’s & 67’s are beasts. To me it is a life investment, hope to give my great grandkids mine (assuming our freedom exists to do so). Shop handed me a Taurus, felt like a POS for my life investment intentions, said it isn’t going to happen , not to mention the cheapy used wheel Taurus’s are for sale all over and do not have great reviews. The COD ratings are a decent view to ensure not buying a POS. BTW, also have a .40 Pro-series, so not partial to wheel guns(except their reliability) either. But, for all out defense and on a budget there should be a fine .38SPL Taurus(+ side, lighter than the higher quality peers) as a great choice in a wheel gun for a female (or anyone for that matter) who hardly ever heads to a range but is proficient enough to be safe and accurate with it. In her case, why have an $600+ talk piece/paper weight in the drawer when a approx $350 unit will get the job done and will hardly be used (worn out to failure) anyhow?

    1. I am an S&W and Ruger revolver fan all the way, but I have no problem with every-day carrying my Taurus 85SS in 5 shot .38 in the my front pocket. Got it new for 287.00, and it works flawlessly. Every bit as accurate as any other 2 inch 38. I just don’t consider it an ‘investment’ or anything, like I do my 686 S&W Classic Hunter. (Boy am I glad i bought one of those for 375.00 new back then) Now that is something to pass on.

  22. Ya want to know the best gun for a new shooter. I’ll can settle this. The best gun for a new shooter is the one they are most comfortable with.
    If you consider that a copout I’ll be more specific ……………………

    The 2 inch Ruger SP101.

    But why that gun McRuger.
    Well I’ll tell ya my boy.

    -Huge selection of grips so it will fit anyone
    -very accurate
    -5 shot cylinder make it very concealable
    -easy to load, easy to operate, easy to maintain,
    -very safe
    -double or single action operation
    -huge selection of loads from heavy 357 magnum to light load 38 special
    -and last but not least, having only 5 initial shots may instill on a new shooter the importance of being accurate.

    Now someone is going to come back and say YEAH BUT, Colt, S&W, Charter, Taurus, blah, blah, blah. No I said Ruger!

    Thanks for listening…. hehe

  23. Look– most woman even POLICE woman are practical creatures and want something that is simple and works but DEFENSIVELY ? Woman do not have the mass strength and aggressiveness to shoot and kill somebody as most men do in a crisis situation…They want a simple and working devise and I would too in a life threatening situation ….Good .38 or .44 magnum or .45 Colt which are not that common anymore work as revolvers …Woman feel comfortable with a good .38 +P and good for them …?

  24. Funny how it always works around to calibers and killing power, no matter what the topic is. Do we have too many Rambo wannabes out there? The post was about the gun style. There are wimpy revolvers and wimpy Semis. There are potent Semis, and even MORE potent revolvers, if that is what a person really wants.
    The question is the functionality and useability. At least to my mind it is. I think a beginner, and/or someone who does not intend to do much range time, is far better off with a wheel gun. Hands down. And for anyone who has disdain for the revolver, I invite you to our local range where I pop off clay targets set up on a sand bank at about 105 yards, offhand, with my 6 inch S&W 686, using low powered 38 spcls.
    Yes, I can hit them. Well, half the time. The rest of the time the dirt from a close miss covers them. I have never come close to that with any Semi, including a friend of mine’s beautiful Gold Cup .45
    Nobody seems to be addressing the different aspects of shooting. It is all about self defense and ballistics. Well, sorry to say it, but a snubby 38 is what I carry, and I am very happy to have it with me. My Colt Officers .45 I usually leave home in a drawer. I want pull-out-of-front-pocket-and-pull-trigger ability, even though I DO spend time on the range.

  25. @Secundius

    WTF?
    This thread is “SPECIFICALLY” about the best gun for a new shooter: Revolver or Semi. Why do you have to keep hijacking a thread with decent opinions to soew a bunch of crap about your favorite caliber, the 357 Sig? When it comes right down to it the 357 sig is crap. It shows no real ballistic improvement over the 9mm and is nothing but a necked dow 40 S&W. It has been dropped by any major police departments that began using it because the ammo is too expensive compared to the 9mm, 40 S&W and 45acp. No one in a “First Gun” thread cares about the length of the brass so your blathering on dimensions isn’t adding anything to a “FIRST GUN” thread. Can you not keep on subject? Which is better for a “FIRST GUN” in your opinion, a REVOLVER OR A SEMI AUTO?

    1. @ Edh.

      That’s just you opinion??? I also have my Opinion! AND EVERYBODY ELSE HAS THEIR OPINION, AS WELL!!! If the lady buys a gun, IT’S GOING TO BE HER CHOOSE!!! Not, Yours, Mine, or Anybody Else’s!!!

    2. That’s right. It is the new shooter’s choice. Revolver or Semi.

      And the 357 Sig shows no substantially better numbers then the 9mm or the 40 S&W. That isn’t opinion, that’s fact. Dispute it if you like but not in this thread.

      What is your opinion on the best first gun, a revolver or a semi?

    3. @ EdH.

      SEMI, Minimally, .357SIG (9.02x22mm), P239. Maximally, either the .45ACP (11.43x23mm), M1911 Commander/P227 or .455Webley (11.5×19.6mm), BSM1911.

    1. @ Didi.

      Look, basically a .38Special (9.1×29.3mm), is a 9-millimeter round. The .357Sig (9.02×21.97), .357Magnum (9.1x33mm), 9x19Parabellum/Luger. Are all 9-millimeter rounds, each have a varying degree of stopping power and recoil. Go to a Gun Range, and ask to test each caliber, each model guns. To find the right model for your, because in the long run, what ever GUN or CALIBER you choose, it’s going too be you gun. We in the Forum can make suggestions to you. Because, there ALL GOING TO BE SUGGESTIONS. Choose the right model for yourself and the model you can afford, within your price means. Then LEARN the gun inside and out, Learn how to take it apart and put-it back together in the dark. Get to know each working piece of the gun. Because the gun is going to be a extension of YOU, Got-It.

  26. I have spent the last 36 consecutive years in the law enforcement and corrections professions. Started with a wheel gun, a revolver, the S&W Model 15 Combat Masterpiece .38 Caliber pistol and a total of 18 rounds being carried. That was the “standard carry load” for most law enforcement agencies in 1979. In my opinion, although outdated in comparison to today’s modern firearms, the Model 15 was a superb shooting platform for that era. As crime increased, the illegal drug trade exploded on the streets of America and criminals moved on to larger weapons with more capacity and after the infamous F.B.I. shooting in Florida, the winds of change blew swiftly to arm law enforcement adequately to counter the threats. Kudo’s to Ms. Wiley, as this was a well thought out and accurate article.

  27. It’s all about simplicity and function…women are intelligent but they lack the series of steps to arm most slide action weapons in a life threatening situation and feel extremely comfortable with a weapon that is not only ready to go ie most revolvers today are double action but just plain simple and not to over powerful but deadly enough? Also has tons to do with feel and just appearance as well. Most slide action good handguns look very military and complicated to women so again they usually want something that fits their hand ie COMFORTABLE and still somewhat fashionable ie the stainless steel frames usually go very in hand with ie THE T-FAL cookware they are so used to day in day out?

    1. As the teacher said many times, two negatives make a positive: “This isn’t to say the revolver isn’t a bad gun.” says that the revolver IS a bad gun!

  28. Simple is best. But then again, to have and not need is better to need and not have. Be comfortable and proficient with what you carry.

  29. Nathan Lambshead
    I absolutely agree. I admit I have been swayed by magazine capacity for my carry but for accuracy and comfort you can’t beat a good wheel gun. I happen to be a Ruger and S&W and as mentioned in a prior post I am pondering a change. A 357 magnum at 10-15 feet placed anywhere near center mass will end any further decision so why pack another 12 chunks of lead?

    1. True enough McRuger. (and I have some of those too) Real self defense happens up close. A never-fail-to-fire revolver with 35 caliber 125 gr JHPs is more than enough. If you are a cop in a combat /drug zone, or in the military dealing with ‘varmints’ wearing towels, that is a different story. Like i first stated in this thread, you can’t bring a sports car to a tractor pull and expect to get anywhere. There is no such thing as one gun for all situations. I just think that most shooters today ignore the solid virtues of the revolver. (and they miss out on the joy of shooting one)

  30. Although I am a firm believer in practicing with the gun you plan to depend on, you make some excellent points not previously mentioned. I am considering in fact changing my carry to a revolver just because of the distance statistics and overall dependability. Capacity seems to be a big concern here. I wonder, all statics considered, the chances of needing a gun for an Assailant within 10 feet as apposed to needing 10 or 12 or 15 shots for a gunfight even on the street.
    More closely related to the subject is relating potential need to women. I am sure that a woman’s need for a gun inside 10 feet is massively greater than getting into a gun fight on the street and if that is true it seems a revolver is the way to go. A revolver always says bang and lets face it, a semi auto may not be in the mood….. click.

  31. While I think the 357 Sig is a great round, there is no way anyone can shoot it anywhere near as accurately or comfortably than a 6 inch Colt Python. It is the only gun I hold in higher regard than my 686 S&W Classic Hunter. Like I say, there is a time and place for all guns, but I wish people who are die hard semi users would give a good revolver a try at the range.

  32. I am an NRA pistol instructor and teach CCW courses. I do not “sell” guns but I do make a lot of recommendations to female students. The writer makes some good points but seems to have confused “first gun” (which should be comfortable and fun to shoot a lot on the range) and a “carry gun” that has to be 100% reliable while living in a purse, car console, or pocket. Self defense encounters typical occur at distances inside ten feet and often arms length contact range, and printing precision groups at 10-15 yards is not needed. The lady can train with her range gun and need only shoot her carry gun occasionally to stay familiar with its pointing characteristics and trigger feel but not so much that it hurts. A gun that is bulky and/or heavy may get left behind when going to the grocery store. Any gun is better than no gun. Further a gun which goes “click” when it absolutely positively has to go “bang” right now, is not effective for its purpose. That purpose and use is entirely different then a range gun.

    1. Don,

      As a career LEO, I have to say your points are spot on. The fact is, a predator is not going to stand 15ft away and let you shoot at them and give you all day to do it. Realistically, they will take you by surprise and be in direct physical contact trying to overpower a someone who is smaller and weaker. At that point it will take more wherewithal than can be imagined just to get the weapon into the hand and pulling the trigger. Adding safeties, slides, and magazines into the equation when split seconds matter most is a sure way to get your loved one raped or murdered. This is why my lady packs a S&W Airlite .38 snub nose revolver.

    2. Spot on Jay. This article also forgets to mention snubby 8 shot revolvers with short barrels and small grips. Revolvers can click typically 6 times and a shot should work eventually. One click and you are likely toast with a semi-auto in a defense situation. Mags are beast to load with brass, whereas the revolver is painless and is way less subject to jamming especially when neglected/ignored in storage. I well take the point not to discount semi-autos, but will say the last time @ the used counter, 0.380’s semi’s were the only ones there.

  33. All of the comments about revolvers are well taken. My husband taught me to shoot with a Colt Python .357 Magnum. The recoil is minimal, and it’s easy to be fairly accurate right away with that long barrel.

    My DH is very smart! He knew that I would never have gone to the range again if expected to shoot a .22 or a pink gun. It’s embarrassing enough being a beginner at any sport without looking like one. (As a side note, I think that women are more likely to buy “pretty” guns than “girly” guns. I would never be seen in public shooting a pink gun.)

    When we bought my first semi-automatic, I liked the feel of the Beretta .380 Cheetah, but I absolutely could not work the slide. We have horses, and my hands are pretty strong. Nonetheless, to compensate for my limited female hand strength, I needed a bigger slide to grab onto.

    The Glock is a biter . . . bled on it at the store, which was highly embarrassing. (To this day, I can’t stand a Glock, probably because of having been embarrassed that one time.) I ended up with an H&K P30 9mm. The H&K P30 still is my favorite gun to use at the range, today.

    For concealed carry, I have a Sig P238 Nitron Sport, which I love, love, love. Normally, you need training and experience to work your way into being comfortable with a small gun, but the Sig P238 Nitron Sport might be the exception to that rule. I know two other women who carry and love the Sig P238, one of whom learned to shoot with the P238 as her first and only handgun.

    Of note is that it probably is no coincidence that — out of all of our handguns — my two favorites have contoured hand grips. The grips must help with that pesky hand strength issue.

    My husband taught our niece to shoot on a Beretta .40 caliber, and she loved it. But, she’s quite a bit bigger than I am. Despite the merits of revolver over semi-automatic, if shooting a handgun that looks like the most recent movie favorite gets her to the range, then go with it. This sport should be fun, not just practical.

    Remember that even though your wife or daughter is a girl and a beginner, she doesn’t want to look like one at the range.

    1. @ Sheri.

      If you ever decide to go semi-automatic. Try .357Sig (9.02×21.97mm) which is a .357Magnum/Short (9.1x33mm)-round. It has the same stopping power as a .357Magnum, but with less of a kick. And you can carry twice the ammunition load. Then a standard .357Magnum revolver.

  34. One major difference between a semiautomatic and a revolver is the ability to use it from inside a coat pocket or purse or pressed up against a would be assailant. Many inexperienced shooters don’t realize that a semiautomatic’s slide pressed back even little bit will prevent the gun from firing and an attacker may use that to gain the upper hand during an assault. That being said the issues are now ammo capacity, ease of use, and stopping power right? I would say a nice ultralight revolver in a smaller caliber would prove to be user friendly enough and have a manageable recoil. So a 7 to 10 round wheel gun in .22 LR or .22 Magnum or 9 mm etc might be a good place to start. Just Sayin

  35. All debatable but I think revolvers are safer, accurate, easier to use and maintain and a damn fine defense tool. Just a thought … perhaps if more people started out having to bet their lives on 5 shots instead of 15 there would be a lot more owners out there that are better shots….. Maybe not… I know it’s not the same thing but I hit a lot more bad shots on the driving range with 100 balls to waste then I do on the course when I know I have 1 shot to get it right. Maybe an instructor could chime in here.

    This discussion makes me think of a scene from dumb and dumber where the guy empties his gun at the bad guy at about 10 feet and misses every time.

  36. @ Anyone interested in a CHEAP IN COST, but well made “Tool Steel” Cold Steel Drop Forged P226 Clone-Copy in 9x19mmParabellum/Luger. Its made in Slovenia by REX Firearms, called Rex Zero 1 and for ~$499.USD. Magazine/Clip options are, 15, 18 and 20-rounds.

  37. I actually learned to shoot in Texas with my dad. I started my love of guns with a double barreled 12 gauge. That day we shot the 12 gauge, FN Fal, uzi, 45, and a colt AR.

  38. I’m with you EdH
    My ex (when we were married) was small, but very strong for a girl. However, no matter how she tried she could not master the short, double-spring slide of my Colt Officers .45. Not reliably anyway.
    I bought her a Ruger SP101 .357 and supplied her .38 spcl +P Hydroshoks, and she is quite lethal with it. I don’t think she is ‘underpowered’ at all, and I know she can work the gun comfortably, and confidently. (truth be told, as much a fan of my 45 as I am, I prefer to take the SP101 revolver with me when I take a walk out in our woods)

    1. I actually think it interesting how many of today’s younger shooters do not even have ‘revolver’ in their vocabulary. It is all semi’s, high capacity, etc.
      I think so many would have a shooting world opened up to them if they would just try it, and maybe get past the spray and pray mode of Rambo/military thinking. The vast majority of shooting, for most people, is target shooting, plinking, hunting, and maybe some local gun club contests. Nothing beats a good 6 inch S&W 686 for hitting what you are aiming at, (at more than 15 yards) A pleasure to shoot.
      Not everything is about killing people. (and a revolver can do that just fine also)

    2. I chalk it up to the video-game aficionados. I tend to have a few different type of handguns for sale. I’ve had HK USP 45s, Glock 21’s, FNH FNP9s, S&W mode 36, Taurus PT 738 and Glock 27’s to name a few. You can almost always tell who the Gamers are. They go for the big guns that are prevalent in the games. They tend to know nothing about how to manipulate the guns. Before letting someone look at a gun I’ll clear it and I leave the slide locked back on semis. Ill hand the pistol to them and am more surprised when a potential customer knows how to release the slide then with those who don’t. I wouldn’t trust some of these people with a loaded air-soft let alone a loaded handgun. I often wonder if they’re looking for the A,B,C or # buttons to reload.

  39. My first gun was a used HK USP 9mm. Although my selection was video game biased, I’ve never regretted the decision. Unfortunately it spoiled my taste and subsequent purchases were from Sig, Kimber, another HK, and Ruger.

    For first time shooters I suggest the Springfield XD series. They’re reasonably priced, shoot reliably, are easy to use, and will last as long as the shooter maintains the hobby.

    1. I’ve sold many guns in the short time I’ve had an FFL. I do about a half dozen gun shows a year and sell to a number of new shooters. Many of these shooters are women. I mentioned earlier and another poster mentioned that many people don’t have the ability to work a slide. Most times it’s because the lack of hand strength. I get older people who are buying their first gun in decades who either don’t have the strength or the dexterity to work a slide. Although a revolver doesn’t have the capacity, it serves these folks well.

      There is a big difference in the hand strength of a male vs female and a young person vs and elderly person. The owner has to be able to manipulate the functions of the weapon they will choose.

      Each person is different. Each use is different. Some guns will be on the range several times a month. Others will see the light of day in an emergency only. When I’ve got someone looking to purchase I make sure they know what they are looking for.

      What was good for you will not be good for someone else. In general a revolver is the safest and easiest bet.

    2. I first learned on a revolver and ended up with a flinch I’m still fighting. There are easy ways to use leverage on racking a slide that require very little hand strength. I’ve taught them to a number of my girlfriends. Yes, a revolver has fewer things that can go wrong, but I’d rather have a softer trigger, more ammo and faster reloads.

    3. You can beat the flinch easily with a revolver. Check out a video on dry firing. I does wonders. Works with semi-autos too. Dry firing took me from the 9 ring to the X ring at 25 yards.

      Leverage and technique is the way to get around lack of hand strength. When doing drills in which you simulate one hand being disabled you’ve got to find other ways to get it done. Most times you’ve got to sling-shot the slide off something solid using the rear sight for leverage.

      Where there’s a will there’s a way and practice makes perfect but I’d still start of new owners with a revolver.

  40. Boy there are a couple people here that really think there experts and go out of there way to impress people but don’t have a clue. They are obviously clueless on this subject so they move on to impressing each other on a different subject.
    I is entertaining though.

  41. Great Idea! I’ll have to go to Mesa, Ariz. though to the Gun Trust. Can’t leave the State with it or transfer it to her anyway. Not in CA. anyway. But when we move to Nevada sooner than later I hope ; I will pursue that venue.

  42. I’m extra Cheap. I’ll just convert her 92f instead–one long night during the week before Christmas when we go to henderson, Nev.. She can test it out after Bingo. I let her fire my Mac 10 in .45 acp with a 50 rnd. stick mag. She didn’t like it, too heavy she said. I said “Dont drop it on your foot”. Still dont have a 100 rnd. drum yet ; cant find one–somebody must have bought them all.

  43. Thats a Done Deal. I personally recomment the Charter Arms stainless 5 shot revolver in .44 spcl .with 3″-4″ bbll. Muzzle flash and recoil are bad but @ no distance at all ,stuff it against the assailant and fire it like you would fire it into a Pillow.

  44. Upon trying that–I have seen people that have been Shit Faced before. I never seen anyone yet that was Shit faced and a Rifle bolt in it @ the same time.

    1. @ Martin Pierce.

      For Christmas, why don’t you get your wife, her very own Beretta 93R, with a cyclic rate of fire of 1,100-rpm. Just think how happy she’ll would be. I mean, she probably always wanted too give the house some uber-major upgrades. Don’t you think.

  45. I got my wife a 92f Baretta long time ago and made her do Wrist and hand strengthening excercises with those spring Loaded grippers to increase tendon and muscle strength. For the Longest time now she Whips that slide into battery quicker than changeing credit cards. Has a Killer hand shake too. If not willing to go the extra mile, get out of the horse race.

  46. Huh!. What was that question again?. Oh yeah, case length. You can fire a Win. .30-.30 in a .32spcl Win., lever gun but not the other way around. Shoots OK, but Ballones the case of the .30-.30 so much that you have to overwork the brass on reloading and reduces the case life by 50%. Cost is the thing for Plinking from a lever gun with lead gas check bullets (Lyman 2 cavity gas check rifle mold in.311 dia.). I have a Rem Semi-Auto 30.06 Mod. 7400 with 10rnd. mags. welded together for 20 rnds. Why would I want to shoot .308 in it. The .06 is a better load. Ask the 1000 yrd. shooters @ the Military long range competition. This reminds me of a story from–Oh Well, Move On!.

    1. @ Martin Pierce.

      I wish Subscription Management of the Shooter Log’s, would pre-update from older Websites. That way I don’t have to constantly explain, Why you can do this with some, and not with others. I mean, it’s the Square Peg in the Round Whole trick story everytime, again, and again, and again.

    2. @ Martin Prerce.

      The Best Maximum Flat Trajectory Ranges for the following caliber are.
      > .308Win. (7.62x51mm Nato) actually 7.8×51.18mm is,~2,550-meters
      > .30.06Sprnfld. (7.62x63mm) actually 7.8×63.3mm is,~5,030-meters
      > .318Mauser (7.92x57mm) actually 8.08x57mm is,~3,700-meters

  47. This article misses a major point. Specifically, the ergonomics of a life threatening encounter. First, most newbies/women purchase a sidearm for self-defense. In real world applications you are not going to shoot from 7, 10, or 15 yards. You are going to be face to face, belly to belly with someone who is right on top of you. Therefore, the writers arguments about accuracy, sights, capacity and recoil are meaningless. When fighting for your life against someone who is bigger, stronger, and intent on trying to rape or kill you, the last thing you need is to be fumbling with safeties, slides, jams and misfires. In this area, a revolver will run circles against an any autoloader.

  48. My wife learned on a walther PPQ .40s&w. She liked the ergonomics of it and is better with it than I am. Plus the trigger is somewhere around 5.6 lbs. She loves it.

  49. There are 2 things that I haven’t seen mentioned in the “gun for the novice shooter revolver vs semi-auto” debate.

    First is that many novice shooters tend to limp wrist a semi-auto after the first shot or two, causing the weapon to jam. For that matter, even experienced shooters who are using the gun for a real self defense shooting tend to limp wrist due to the moment of adrenaline-fill terror that life and death moment brings.

    Secondly, many women (especially older and younger ones) have a hard time working the slide on a semi-auto, not to mention the slide release.

    To overcome these 2 things means hours and hours of practice, both to learn the proper body mechanics to overcome limp wristing as well as to be able to work the slide and controls smoothly. And this practice needs to continue, it’s not something one can do for a couple of hours and be good enough that’ll it’ll work 10 years later.

    A revolver on the other hand will almost never jam (if properly maintained) and will pretty much always go bang when the trigger is squeezed. For this reason, I always recommend revolvers for novice shooters, as well as for people who don’t have the time or inclination to practice a lot and master a semi-auto.

    Make no mistake, I love semi-autos and that’s what I carry and rely on. But I’ve been shooting for 30+ years and have mastered the mechanics of the process, and I practice all the time to maintain it. Those who haven’t or can’t would be well served by sticking with revolvers.

  50. I don’t think anyone is aiming a “2 or so .38spl. @ a target down range. Strictly a point shooter–it Really is. Jack Ruby did his thing to Oswald and he wasn’t aiming either. At a few ft’ or so, if you miss; “Shame On You”.

  51. Nothing like an “unbiased” discussion about sub-2″ barrel snub-nosed,wheel guns versus 4.5″ to 5″ barrel semi-automatics.

    Also, I didn’t see a single “CON” listed for semis vis-a-vis the revolver.

    In fact, some of youyr statements I’d like for you to put some money down on them like this one:

    “Many expert handgun instructors agree that the revolver is not the best handgun for teaching a new shooter.”

    I have heard the exact opposite if you include the rest of the revolver market you deliberately avoided. Likje about 95% of the revolver world, to be exact,

    There’s a YouTube video that lists 25 reasons why revolvers are better than semi-autos for everyone, and not just first time shooters. But, the recommendations would be stronger for newbies.

    Revolvers are easier to load, easier to aim, easier to shoot, and safer to shoot.

    Revolvers are true point-and-shoot guns. The bullet is in line with the barrel and the distance from a person’s line-of-sight and the bullet’s path of exit (aka, the height of the bore sight) is much shorter.

    Revolvers don’;t suffer from failures to feed, failures to eject, failures to fire, stovepipes, and all the machinations required to clear them,.

    In a revolver, if a round does not go off, simply pull the trigger and you get a new round. If the round didn’t fire the first time, you will automatical;ly get “second strike” capability when it comes around again.

    You don’t need a 16 round magazine to learn how to shoot. The extra capacity is an advantage of the GUN, butg NOT an advantage in taining a newbie to shoot a gun.

    Here’s a BIG PLUS for using a revolver – no slide bites to your newbie’s thumbs. Nothing is as disconcerting to a new shooter as getting their thubls sliced up like a Cuisinart and then bleeding out all over that new gun you let them try.

    Glocks are well-known for that – what with their lower bore axis than everyone else. I was a victim of a Glockodile bite – shooting one-handed!

    I was firing a G22 in .40SW and the muzzle flip was so strong, it flipped the back of the slide onto my shooting hand which was well below the curve of the back strap.

    Revlvers are much easier to reload. After your hi-cap mags go empty, even with a magloader, it’s going to take awhilew to load it back up. Revolvers have moon clips, speedl loaders, and speed trips to speed up the reload process – PLUS you can carry pocket full of ammo and simply grab a handful and reload.

    You can always tell if a revolver’s loaded. Much less chance for an accidental discharge.when the hammer is physically blocked from the bullets. Carrying it “cocked and loaded,” can get you in trouble but newbies would not be firing single action for awhile.

    Those “rudamentary sights” you claim were on revolvers only apply to rudamentary, old-school .38’s. Have you seen the Ruger LCR snub nose with fiber optic sights? Even a no frills 4″ barrel S&W had a big bladed front sight, and when it comes right down to it, it is the front sight that is the one most necessary to see at all times.

    Those standrard 3-dot sights allow for a lot of latitude in sighting because the front dot is no bigger than the back dots and is often visually smaller..

    Ask Jerry Mulicek which he would recommend.

  52. New shooters (male or female) are better served with a revolver over a striker fired handgun for two reasons: 1. The revolver (exposed hammer) has a second-strike ability that the striker fired fors not. In an emergency, a misfire will cripple a semi in the hands of someone who cannot clear it quickly. Clearing takes experience that a new shooter does not have. 2. Trigger discipline. Most striker fires have a lower trigger pull weight, and new shooters are more prone to ADs because of it. Revolvers have a more significant pull, and act as a safety reminder of where they are resting their finger.

  53. “Beware of the man carrying a revolver, he likely knows how to use it”. I forget where I heard that but I always liked it. I man confident enough to defend himself knowing he only has 5-6 shots against 12 or 15.
    I do carry a 40 cal semi and love the gun however I own several wheel guns and I must admit each time I take them to the range I consider replacing my semi auto carry with my 2 inch Ruger SP 101. It is such a thrill putting 357 mag through it, so accurate and so comfortable. I did change to Hogue grips and it fits my hand like a glove.

    Having spent way to much time at gun counters I can say that I think the women shoppers appear to come in looking for a revolver. I assume it is a recommendation from the husband or boyfriend. The salesman is going to take a sale regardless but the least he can do is make sure the buyer knows all the pros and cons.

    The times I have taken a new shooter to the range which has just been a few family members I take several guns so they can get a good idea of differences. Most like the feel of a full size 9mm but end up buying a compact 9. None ever liked my 40. and usually when shooting a revolver they make a comment about having to reload so soon.

    going back to my quote above comfort and confidence are the most important thing. A new shooter, male or female should be at the range trying several guns before the go to the gun counter.

  54. As has been said, there is no perfect gun for everyone. I’ve found that the ability to manipulate a slide is a major issue for some people. Whether it is apprehension, lack of strength or lack of dexterity, some people just can’t get it. I’ve often told people to start out with a .357 magnum shooting 38spl ammo and move up from there. “BABY STEPS”.
    You’ve got to make the shooting sports fun to get more non-shooters in to it.
    I recently sold an old, surplus Taurus revolver to an elderly man. He was unable to work the slide on a number of modern semis. The biggest issue for him was technique. Once he picked up the revolver you could see the calm in his face. He’s taking some private lessons and loving the 38 spl.
    I’ve been shooting semi autos since I was 17 and I’m closing in on 49. I still like to pull my old Dan Wesson out of the safe. Daily carry is one of three Glock models in 45acp.

    1. @ Edh.

      I wouldn’t exactly call it “Baby Steps”. The Virginia State Police, concluded that a Single .357SIG (9.02×21.97mm) round would drop a large attacking dog. Whereas it took several 9x19mmParabellum rounds to do the same job, by comparison.

    2. I was going to ask that myself EdH. This is not a caliber post. There are plenty of effective calibers in both semi’s and wheel guns.

    3. @ EdH.

      My point is the .38Special is a near 9×29.5mm/9.1x29mm or 357′ (9.1×29.3mm) round, a close approximation to the .357Magnum (9x33mmRemington) round. Even though their very different rounds in performance, technically you should be able too shoot the 38Special or 9x19mmParabellum from a .357Magnum Hand Gun Revolver.

      Its like shooting a .30-06Sprngfld (7.62x63mm) through a .308Win. (7.62x51mm Nato) Rifle, Its possible!!!

    4. I believe you missed the subject matter of the thread.

      The Best Gun for a New Shooter: Semiautomatics vs. Revolvers

      The thread is more about weapon type. Not about what caliber or variation of calibers.

      And, I believe I did mention that you can shoot 38spl in a 357 magnum. Although you’d need a special chamber that would accept moon clips in order to shoot 9mm in the same revolver.

    5. Geez, are you SERIOUS??!!You absolutely CANNOT shoot a 30-06 cartridge from a 308 chambered weapon!!! The ’06 cartridge case is LONGER than the 308’s…so how do you think that the bolt will close and go fully into battery with a ’06 round in a weapon chambered for 308???!!! The answer is…IT WON’T!! Secundius, nearly EVERY TIME you open your “mouth” (via your fingers), you prove yourself an ignoramus. If you choose to argue this fact, you’ll only show your complete lack of knowledge. ‘Nuff said

    6. @ Steve.

      Yes you can. The bore pressure of a .308Win. (7.62x51mm Nato), is 62,000-psi. The bore pressure of a .30-06Sprnfld. (7.62x63mm) is 50,000-psi. While you can fire a .30-06Sprnfld. in a .308Win.-caliber rifle, you can’t fire a .308 in a .30-06Sprnfld.-caliber rifle. The difference in the over-pressure, the .308Win. may cause damage to the barrel of the.30-06Sprnfld. rifle. The propellant charge in the 308Win., is greater than the propellant charge in the .30-06Sprnfld. The problem is because of the size difference of the .30-06Sprnfld. is a bigger in length then the .308Win. You going to have too Hand Feed, every .30.06Sprnfld. round into the firing-chamber of the .308Win. rifle.

  55. Even though we only own automatics, and so my wife trains with and carries one, she still always gravitates to the revolvers when we browse the gun stores and shows.

    She is aware that an automatic will provide her more rounds should she need them, but she fears the possibility of a malfunction, clearing procedures, and charging the weapon (which is hard for her).

    The bottom line is a revolver’s simplistic impression on her provides her more confidence. So if confidence will aid her reaction time during an actual emergency, I think a revolver is worth looking into.

    And thus after many years of her carrying an automatic, we have begun to shop around and make the transition to a revolver for her.

    Our daughters – on the other hand, so far appear to want to keep their automatics. So as usual, it comes down to personal preference and whatever platform makes a person feel most confident so they can get the job done.

  56. There is no ‘perfect’ gun for all situations, just like there is no perfect car. If you want to race, a station wagon won’t do. if you want to haul cord wood, a sports car won’t do. Guns are no different.
    I find the vast majority of opinions when it comes to guns, handguns in particular, have to do with self defense and killing power.
    While there is that aspect to them, I happen to be a lover of all types of shooting, especially handguns. Plinking, target shooting, gun club competitions, professional competitions, long range precision, or blasting away ammo faster you you can afford it at ‘bad guy’ cut outs, are all aspects of hand gunning. For me, nothing beats a revolver for accuracy, precision, fun, reloading variations, as well as home or self defense. Unless you are in the military or police, i still love revolvers the most. They just ‘feel’ right, and I shoot them better. I have semis, but they are purely utilitarian. My love affair is with the wheel gun. Probably my age, but my 18 year old son feels the same after I have taken him shooting for many years.

    1. @ Nathan Lambshead.

      I also like the “Wheel” gun. But, my interest is somewhat larger in size. I like the Mauser 1.063-inch (2.7×14.5cm) Bordkanone, Auto-Revolver Cannon. And similar Auto-Cannons and Gatling-Type Revolving-Auto-Guns/Cannons.

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