So I have a long drawn out couple of paragraphs coming, and I would like to hear your opinions.
I’ll preface this by stating that I don’t think revolvers are good beginner guns for self defense.
With rounds like .38 special, they travel so slowly out of a snubby that they sometimes don’t open into the pretty flower that 9mm, 10mm, .40, and .45s do. I think a lot of research is needed to make a decision about what .38 defensive round is the best.
The caliber swapping and all the +p and +p+ can be very confusing, and can lead to a very dangerous whoops moment. For instance I have two revolvers, a Taurus 605 in .357 mag that can handle +p. I also have a SAA (single action army) chambered in .357 magnum that will blow apart if a .357 +p round is used. I have to be careful packing rounds for the range.
I’ve seen many women come to the range and shoot revolvers because that’s what the gun counter guy and husband recommended. Some cannot use the revolver as it’s meant to be used with DA because of weaker hands or arthritis. They’ve all loved whatever semi auto I had and let them shoot. Manipulating a semi auto isn’t rocket science.
Finally the myth of revolvers don’t jam is a nasty one. I’ve seen it happen to a big revolver guy at the range. He called me over and said “you ever seen a revolver jam?” I said no, and he showed me that it was jammed, then he got out a rubber mallet and beat the cylinder back out to unload it so he could work on it at home. A jammed revolver is a weapon taken out of the fight.
What do you think? Are revolvers good guns for a beginner? Am I overlooking a virtue of a revolver? Are you guys sick of my opinions yet? Lol. Let me know!