Re-read again. Wonderful article, David.
I personally think that revolvers should be the choice of the average person looking for self defense carry. The big advantage of most automatics is that they are capable of firing a lot of rounds. However, the civilian has no need to pursue criminals and is best served trying to disengage ASAP. The mere fact that a victim would have a handgun would deter most criminals. Unless you slept with the guy's wife, or burned him on a drug deal, most criminals will not be eager to pursue an armed opponent. So having 30 or more rounds available is not really all that needed IMO. 6 rounds for self defense seems enough for most folks.
Excellent post David. You seem to have some great reasoning in it. I have both and like both but my fav will always be my first one a S&W 686 Combat magnum. It just feels like no matter what it will work.
I have a lot to learn! Thank You !
Great article, David. This is excellent information - particularly as it comes from someone with your background.
Great post, two things I would like to add:
I'm just an enthusiast and not military or LEO. I have both semi-autos and revolvers. Single action revolvers too when I practiced Cowboy Action Shooting.
(1) I can't say this for everyone, but for me, learning to shoot a single action revolver well, with its limitations of being slower to shoot/reload made me a much better handgun shooter overall. I started with the semi-auto and went to the revolver. If I had to do it over again I'd do the revolver first then move to the semi-auto.
(2) Revolvers are, in my opinion, more fun to shoot than autos. I can't put my finger on the why, but I enjoy it more.
Nice blog David. Thanks.