reply to post by Tunatarian
There are as many differing opinions on this subject as there are guns available.
Some people believe that a revolver is the best choice for long-tern reliability, the "proven standard" so to speak.
Others like the semi-auto because of capacity, concealment, et cetera.
My opinion is that you should buy what you are most comfortble with, what feels good in your hand that you are able to hit that broad side of the barn
As far as caliber, again there are many different lines of thought. I think many people believe that 9mm will be available in bulk for quite some
time because of it's common use among LEO and the military, others like the stopping power of the .45
If you buy a good .357, whether it's a revolver (MORE COMMON) OR A SEMI, you will, in essence have two guns since you can fire both .38 and .357
rounds out of the same weapon without modification. Both ofthosa calibers will also be available long after the others have began to dry up.
It's a tough call bro- Are you wanting one that will work great and carry well, or one that you will be able to load after most bullets have become
scarce, or what?
My thought o the matte is that with these uncertain times, if it's a "survival" weapon, for use whe TSHTF, then I would go with a 9mm or a 357
If it's just for everyday protection, camping, et cetera, go with a .44 mag or a .45
There are many handguns available with multiple barrel configuratons, such as a .40 cal pistol that you can cnfigure to shoot 9mm or 22lr. You have
to break it down and change parts however, and that may weaken the overall integrity over the long term.
Good luck, and let me know on which you decide.