Blogger Blackeagle said...
I am rather leery of recommending a snubby for someone's first pistol. They're not easy to shoot. They've got a heavy trigger, lousy sights, a sharp recoil (particularly the lightweight ones) and low capacity. As Gabe Suarez said in a class last weekend, "A j-frame is only simple for the first five shots".
If I was going to recommend a revolver to a new shooter, I would recommend a full size gun, not a snubby. They still have a limited capacity (though normally six, rather than five), but they have better sights and a longer sight radius, less recoil. The trigger is still heavy, but a larger gun and grip make it easier to deal with.
Really, though, unless someone really can't work a semi-auto, I probably wouldn't recommend a revolver.
February 11, 2010 8:21 AM
Hey Blackeagle, I agree with you man. I’m thinking here mostly 80 year old grandma or total new guy/girl that will probably even forget to put a round in the chamber.
Any day of the week, give me an auto instead. But it requires someone that has at least a minimum training to handle it in a stressful situation.
I used to be more drastic and say that if you don’t even bother to train enough to handle an auto well, don’t even own guns then.
But today I understand there are certain people that aren’t into guns but may end up saving their lives by instinctively using a revolver at the last second. So for them, (these non gun-people that wont train ) as long as they at least know the basic safety rules, a revolver ready to fire is better than an auto with an empty chamber or safety.
Other than that, Glock all the way for everyone. No matter how big or small, old or young you are, there’s a Glock model out there that is the best handgun for you.