Just as the snub’s advantages are subjective so too are its disadvantages. And whether one element of the snub’s design is an advantage or a disadvantage depends upon several factors including; the shooters skill level, his familiarization with the weapon and its expected role to name just three.  Consider the example of the heavy trigger-pull. To one shooter a heavy trigger is a detriment to optimum shooting. To another a heavy trigger pull is an important safety feature. The following list of drawbacks reflects only my own personal evaluation of the snub’s limitations and may not correspond to your own experience. I note the snub’s disadvantages as:

  • Commonly supplied stocks are often minimalist in design make obtaining a proper grip in stressful situations improbable
  • Minuscule sights makes it hard to aim well under poor lighting conditions
  • Minuscule sights combined with a short sight radius makes long range accuracy challenging
  • High bore axis works against optimum recoil control
  • Low round count limits options for multiple target tactics
  • Possesses a longer list of possible malfunctions than with a semi-auto pistol
  • Majority of malfunction require more time to correct than do those of a semi-auto pistol
  • Natural concealability combined with light weight makes it easier to forget and inadvertently carry it where prohibited
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