In a real up-close, get-a-bad-guy-off-your-butt situation, a revolver can be shoved right into the attacker without going out of battery as an autoloader may. A revolver can be fired from inside a pocket. It will really mess up the garment, but it will work, repeatedly. Trying the same thing with a pistol can render it a one-shot wonder. An assailant grabbing the slide of a pistol can easily take it out of battery so it won't fire. With a revolver he has to get a hell of a grip on the cylinder. Anything less will give him a badly burned hand as well as a problem where the bullet hits him. You can't accidentally drop the magazine or fumble the safety of a revolver. A snub revolver is very hard to take away; the leverage is almost all with the guy holding the gun.
Autoloaders have their place: I still miss the lovely, soft-shooting Glock G22 .40 S&W I had to sell due to severe financial anemia. It was the only auto I ever owned (including a beautiful old CZ-75 and a Glock 19--almost certainly bad ammo there) that NEVER failed to feed. But I'm very much a revolver man in my old age. I feel more confident carrying a Smith J-frame 640 (pre-.357 Mag and pre-lock version) or Model 10-5. Yeah, I'm 75 years old, don't get around quite as much anymore, and am a traditionalist in a lot of ways, but I've given this decision a lot of thought, research, and advice from gunsmiths and LEO's I trust. For my increasingly limited needs, the wheelers seem a better fit. But as they say so often in these forums, your mileage may vary.
Last edited by shouldazagged; 02-04-2013 at 08:57 PM.