Funny thing happened at my local gun shop yesterday. A really neat 5 shot, black, 38 Spec +P, revolver (model 442, non-moon clip model) followed me home.
I used to carry wheel guns as a detective and trooper in a State LEA. Just as I retired, 22 years ago, we switched to Sig Sauer 9mm (I actually felt we should have gone to auto loaders many years before that, but we had to wait until to old range officers retired).
Since retirement, I have had, and still do, many very nice auto loaders. (Sigs- 230, 232, 239/9mm, 239/.357 Sig, 228 9mm/1989 era, EMP 9mm, Rohrbaugh R9s, lots of 1911s, etc, etc.).
Had a friend who's wife just got her carry permit and I was trying to talk him into a Ruger LC9 or LCP (both excellent guns). However, he was sort of leaning towards a 442 S&W because of it's simplicity and I started to look at them last week.
As soon as I bought mine yesterday and shot it with Critical Def. non-+P, I was really impressed. It seems as though it has a much better trigger pull than my latest S&W Bodyguard (built in the 60s). Also, for a DAO revolver, it was very accurate it you "staged" the trigger which seemed easy to do. Some of you old timers may remember that we were trained to "stage" our revolver triggers when we switched from "Camp Perry" style single action shooting to double action, "combat style" shooting. Things have really changed over the years.
I really enjoyed buying an under $400 gun which is well made (maybe better than my old Bodyguard .38 5 shot, shrouded hammer), that didn't need 300 rounds of break in, has a great trigger pull, and could have actually been loaded and carried right out of the box.
I won't give up my great auto loaders (always keep a Glock 19 in my glove box) but this 5 shot revolver was like coming home to an old friend.