MG wrote asking why I still keep working with the snubs. I though the following might be worth sharing:
While I love auto pistols and believe that in a full fighting size the autos have it over the same sized revolvers there are (still) a few reasons I stick with the snub
(In no particular order)
1 – While the cylinder will bulge a little more, if you “pick your spots” it will fall into the natural “wells” of the body and conceal just as well (or better) than an auto.
2 – Yes, the auto does lie flatter against the body but the revolver’s stock is easier (i.e. faster) to access because it doesn’t lie flat against the body – and most shooters forget that self-defense shooting is more re-active than pro-active for the good guy.
3 – I can hide a light weight 5-shot J-frame almost anywhere I can hide a Kahr/Ruger/Colt .380 – but I can also load my J-frame with .357 – And on the foot-pound scale the micro .380 can’t touch that level of power.
4 – On and off duty both my primary snub and my back-up snub are both back-up tools for my “attention to the situation” job – If I don’t see the trouble and avoid it early then I need something that won’t fail me (again.)
5 – My snubs are also the guns my wife will reach for – Now anyone one can master the auto if they have the time and the interest – My wife is just not that “into” guns – but she has mastered the snub’s “point gun – pull trigger” manual of arms. I don’t need her to do anything else and I don’t need her guns to be any more complex than that.
6 – I do some extreme close quarter H2H drills and a lot of weapon retention work. There are lots of times the (training gun’s) muzzle will be shoved into the training partners body and the rotating cylinder gives me a few *extra* weapon retention/disarming tricks you can’t get with an auto.
Anyway those are a few of my pro-snub reasons.
It still isn’t the right gun for everyone but it works great for me.
I hope that helps.