There's nothing wrong with a snub nose .38
Those who believe thay'll be engaging targets with 15 rounds at 25 yards are living in dreamland. Even if you win the fight, you'll lose in the court room trying to argue that lethal force was justified at that distance.
Less than 15 feet and 3 rounds is HIGHLY more likely. And anyone who can't center-mass at 15 feet might as well turn that gun on hiself and stop wasting everyone else's time.
What's called for is a simple, reliable, accessible hand gun. My 686+ holds seven. I only need two.
Guys, about magazine capacity: EXPECT TO MISS MORE THAN YOU HIT, rather than the other way around. Train to be as accurate as you can but don’t feel overconfident about your capacity to make brain or heart shots. Not likely at all.
You never know how much rounds you’ll need, and I often hear about 50 or 100 rounds being fired in gunfights around here.
What has changed in the last couple of decades is that criminals are better organized, even small time ones they associate and work in larger groups, and the kind of weaponry used. 2 or 3 guys armed with 15+1 capacity guns and you only armed with 6 shots kind of sucks. Hits count? Sure, but there’s other things to take into account as well. The ability to keep shooting for a longer time and not running out of ammo is one of them.
Also, 5 shots fired killing no one and sending attackers away? Rounds well spent in my book and so much for only hits count.
AND I wont have to PAY for any dead guy (lawyers, lawsuits, etc)
Suppressive fire is a fact, no one walks towards rounds being fired.