Originally Posted by Midnight Raver
Thanks all. As far as a pistol- is the general consensus that automatics are better than revolvers for self defense?
Not necessarily. As a general rule, semi-autos will hold more ammo than a revolver, but the reliabilty of a quality revolver can't be beat. Reliabilty is, in my opinion, THE biggest factor in a self defense weapon. It doesn't matter how pretty it is, how expensive it is, or how accurate it is if it fails to go bang when you pull the trigger. Not to say that semi-autos are unreliable, just that revolvers have less moving parts and therefore less to go wrong. You can buy a good quality auto, say a 1911, and never have a failure, but when your life depends on it, even one failure can cost you your life. That said, practically every police officer and our military trust their lives everyday to autos or semi-autos, and they serve them well.
It's kinda like deciding which type of vehicle to buy, if you are limited to one. Whether to buy a sportscar, a pickup, 4-wheel drive SUV, a family sedan, or a practical gas-saver.
Whatever you decide on, make sure you buy quality. Once you decide what type
of gun you want, we will certainly give advice on the brand
and caliber is best.