Originally Posted by 95sniper
I am wondering if purchasing a revolver in 9mm is worth it. Ammo cost is less, and they usually hold more cartridges than a 38/357. What are your opinions?
It's been my observation that 9 mm, (essentially the same diameter as .38/.357 give or take a couple thousandths) comes in 5 & 6 shot revolvers, typically compact frames for concealed carry. Not really a step forward in capacity by any means.
In a 9 mm revolver you have pretty much .38 special performance coupled with .357 Mag pressures. Nothing to brag about.
Last I looked, the 2 makers of 9 mm revolvers were Taurus and Charter Arms. There may be others that I've not been made aware of. (S&W apparently made one, but it appears to no longer be listed.) Many a thread has been locked & many feelings have been hurt over Taurus quality discussions. I will simply say that I own one Taurus and that's plenty.
Charter Arms. I have an 20 yo CA Undercover. It's not particularly good looking. Neither is it a marvel of refinement, but it does the job. It's never had any issues. I know, not a ringing endorsement, but I'd probably pick a Charter over a Taurus if push comes to shove. Charter Arms guns are US made, if that sort of thing keeps you up at night.
IMHO, neither offering would be considered ideal unless all you want is a CC piece. In which case a compact semi-auto would be more suited to that cartridge.
If all you want is to save money on ammo, it may work. I'm not entirely sure it would be worth the trouble at the end of the day. YMMV.