In addition to the snub’s two “basic virtues” it also possesses several general advantages. Point-by-point these advantages are not lacking in other handguns but uniquely the snub offers them all in a single firearm. The following list reflects only my own experience with the self-defense snub and items on this list may or may not coincide with your own experiences. I note the snub’s advantages include:

• High quality at a moderate cost, especially when purchased used
• Small size enables four-season concealable carry
• Training on one revolver translates quickly to training on almost any revolver
• Choices of ammunition, bullet weights, and power charges are extensive
• After-market grip options are extensive and nearly infinitely adjustable
• Loading is much easier for the beginner shooter
• Features the world’s safest live-round indicator (with cylinder either open or closed)
• Designed to point well
• Short barrel makes possible a quicker draw stroke
• Short barrel aids in maneuver in very close quarters
• Short barrel aids in weapon retention
• Easily identified as a firearm even in poor light
• Short sight radius aligns quickly for a fast first shot
• Short sight radius realigns quickly out of recoil for faster follow up shots
• Short sight radius is easier for older eyes to find and focus on
• Simpler to discharge as there is neither a slide to cycle nor a safety to disengage
• Fewer shots required to prove the weapon’s reliability
• Double-action only reduces likelihood of an negligent discharge
• Shooter cannot fatally foul the grip
• Misfires are reflexively corrected
• Shrouded or bobbed hammers allows faster draw when carried in an outer pocket
• Shrouded or enclosed hammers allows reliable, multiple round pocket fire
• Tactical versatility is enhanced via multiple contact-shot reliability
• No spent brass thrown in your face when fired from odd positions
• No spent brass to fall back an malfunction weapon when fired from odd positions
• Safest emergency weapon reliability when passed to minimally trained trusted others
• Flawless functioning with primer only propelled (POP) training rounds facilitates low cost, limited range access training
• Flawless functioning with man marking cartridges (MMC) facilitates practical force-on-force training
• Easier to unload and make safe
• Safest action when a policeman collects the firearm following a post-shooting incident
• Looks less provocative to the “triers of the facts” following a post-shooting incident
• No disassembly required for post-range weapon cleaning
• Requires minimum maintenance

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