What type of handgun is best for a woman with the purpose of self-defense? Good question. There are two choices, a revolver or a semi-automatic pistol. Your decision will be based on your specific and unique needs, physical traits and your likes and dislikes.
Owning a revolver has its advantages. First, revolvers are very reliable and easy to operate. They aim very well and are the best choice for a CCW. However, the trigger is harder to pull, so if your hand strength is particularly weak, this may not be the best choice for you. Revolvers are also reasonably priced, which makes them an ideal first option. The biggest drawback for a revolver, in my opinion, is the lack of a safety catch. A few models (like Taurus) does feature locking trigger. The biggest benefit of the revolver in my opinion, is that they fit anyone. It doesn’t matter how large or small your hand is because the revolvers’ grip size and shape isn’t dictated by the need to fit a magazine.
The Semi-Automatic Pistol
Ah, my favorite. The semi. Semi-automatic pistols are slimmer and easier to conceal. Plus, they have less recoil. You will need to be stronger in order to rack the slide to chamber the first round. But as long as you use proper technique, this shouldn’t require a lot more effort. Yes, semi-automatics are more expensive, but worth the money depending on the gun you decide on. Semi-autos are often the best choice for personal and home protection. Just be sure you get one you can operate comfortably—many shooters with low hand strength struggle to function the slide of a big semi-auto, especially under stress.
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