Originally Posted by Overkill0084
I still carry a snubbie now & again. Mostly when I'm out on the Motorcycle and jacket pocket carry is the order of the day. Roving bands aren't a problem yet here in UT. Well humans anyway. Wildlife on the other hand...
Very valid points.
Most of my comparisons from within my own battery and what I carried most were between a S&W 442 Airweight, DAO revolver and a Glock 26 And while a 9mm and .38 may not be apples to apples, neither cartridge is a punishing round or a weakling.
I found the Glock more comfortable for IWB at the 4-5 o'clock position. 10 rounds gave me two times the capacity. I can carry a Glock 19 mag for a 15 round reload. An Airweight Hammerless .38 is not as easy to get fast accurate hits with. You can get there but it takes serious practice. I could usually get a new shooter making better hits with less ammo with the Glock than with the 442.
Muzzle flip and second shot times with good hits were considerably easier and faster with the auto. I found second shot or rapid fire control was harder with the revolver and new shooters has a harder time mastering the DA trigger. So, those were my measures for "shootability". I found with my KFrame when new shooters could use single action they did excellent. But that's not likely or advisable under stress.
Modern striker fired autos give a long but lighter trigger pull that offers the deliberate nature of a DA, along with the point and shoot characteristics, with no special manipulation of safety levers. Reloads are much less complicated, especially with snubby revolvers that usually have an ejector that is too short to fully clear shells from the cylinder. A lower bore axis and grip angle along with weight distribution or balance helps in recoil control. Also the energy distributed in cycling the action seems to change perceived recoil and mitigate muzzle rise.
I have friends who are "Revolver guys", and they are amazing with revolvers. That is why I didn't say revolvers don't have a place in SD. It is also why I have emphasized why an auto has advantages for ME. Axxe was right about there not being a "one size fits all answer".
Just my own interpretation of the experiences I have had and decision.
With regard to moving. Right now I'm in a pretty secure location. Nice quiet neighborhood in the woods with little to no violent crime. I do travel though, and I can't always pick where trouble will be or the nature it will take. I live where the Navy moves me. Pretty sure there are some folks in MO who didn't think it would be too rough in their neck of the woods.
Could I go back to an Airweight revolver? Sure, but there aren't any compelling reasons for ME to change, vs. just sticking with what I know. I'm not suggesting that anyone switch from a revolver based on my choices, just offering my decision points.