Originally Posted by dom21
I'm having a hard deciding on which way to go as far as my concealed carry goes. So if someone could help me out with some pros and cons would be great. Thanks in advance
Either one is fine. Just depends on what you prefer. We bought my girlfriend a Ruger LCR in 38 Special (not 357 mag) for $399, which I've shot extensively. It is definitely one sweet gun! Light as a potato chip (13 oz), reliable as dirt, butter smooth trigger, and accurate as all heck. Drop it in your front pocket, and you will literally forget it's there. It's that light! Nice thing about a revolver is ya pull it out and pull the trigger. BANG! No safeties, jams or malfunctions to deal with or worry about. If a revolver ever malfunctions, it's almost always caused by the ammo, not the gun. Pay no attention to the myth that snubbies or mouse guns are not accurate or hard to shoot. With some patient and proper instruction, my 67 year old girl friend can handle her LCR just fine. I pity the poor soul if she ever has to drop the hammer on someone. For SD, 38 special is all ya need. There's way to much recoil with a 357 mag. And the 357 version is $100 more expensive. Now if it were going to do double duty as a woods gun, then I'd go with the 357. But for SD, with today's modern SD ammo, the 38 special caliber works just fine. Below are some video reviews on the Ruger LCR in 38 special.
Hickok45 has over 650 gun review vids on youtube. He's a retired police officer and does excellent reviews.
In the below video Nutnfancy explains why the 38 special is better than a 357 for SD. If ya like a 357, then go for it. It all depends on what you can shoot accurately and fast.
I've been a revolver guy most of my life, but I just recently purchased a Ruger SR40C. I just had to try one of these new polymer, striker fired autos. I have to say that they are mighty nice! I have a shooting range on my property, reload my own ammo, and practice "a lot"
. That's the key. Practice. If ya don't reload, consider a 9MM. Ammo is relatively cheap ($10 a box), compared to other calibers.
So it really doesn't matter what ya get (make, model or caliber). Even the diminutive little 380 is potent with today's modern SD ammo. There's a plethora of extremely fine choices in today's market. Just get what ever your comfortable with and can afford to practice with "a lot"
, be it revolver or auto. Then practice, practice, practice, and practice some more. Caliber or firepower won't save your butt. Skill and presence of mind will.
Before you buy "anything", go to youtube and do a search on any gun you're interested in. You will find a bazillion gun vids. (But I warn you, watching them can become addictive.)
Enjoy the journey, happy shooting, and always be safe.