Anyone that knows a bit about guns knows that a 2” revolver is probably the hardest handgun to master.
There’s significant muzzle blast, and frankly, its VERY hard to shoot accurately at medium-long ranges.
S&W Model 12 38 Special.
Works? Sure. Are there better defensive handguns? Absolutely.
My logic behind recommending such a gun is the following:
1)Even though revolvers can take less abuse than autos, and they are mechanically more complex, their operation is more simple. Loaded cylinder, pull the trigger and it fires. No safeties or empty chambers.
2)The short barrel gives you less sight radius, but it also leaves less grabbing surface to take the weapon away from the victim.
3)No problems regarding failure to feed or extract. A trained person may solve this in less than a second without even thinking, but an inexperienced shooter wont have this training, and just keep pulling the trigger.
4) Sure, not nearly as accurate as a Glock, specially when shooting fast and at greater ranges, but this inexperienced person will sure use it as a true last resort, likely when the attacker closes in and the range will be extremely close, even contact range.
Capacity? 5 or 6 rounds. In my opinion, not enough to keep up with the weaponry found around these days, but plenty for a basic self defense situation.
Power? 38 Special inst exactly a dragon slayer, but its something an elderly lady can handle. Most people find 9mm easier to shoot, yet again in self defense shooting people don’t feel much recoil when under such stress.
Its surely not the weapon I’d recommend to anyone that will take the required training to truly be a capable firearm operator, but it is what I’d recommend to a person that wants to be armed, but for some reason wont be training the amount needed to stay proficient with a Glock.
About Glocks vs all other handguns. Maybe 10 years or 20 years from now there’s going to be a better weapon. Today its impossible to find one that performs better when you take all variables into account.
A good buddy of mine and die hard 1911 fan finally ended up with a Glock when an instructor he respected told him that if the Glock didn’t “feel” as good as his fancy 1911, then he should adapt to the Glock. The Glock is worth the effort. :-)