I have a DAO Ruger SP-101 (a 5-shot 357) with a short barrel, a bobbed hammer and a lightened trigger (~8.5 lbs). I am wondering if it might be wise to move to a 9mm (or bigger) pistol for the greater capacity. I would prefer to avoid spending much beyond what I can sell my current gun for, but I'm not keen on exchanging an extremely well-built, reliable and durable gun for something less so (I wouldn't think it likely that I could stay in the same quality class when trading).
Background: I'm 51, lead a quiet life, do office work in a moderately quiet town, and we live out in the hills. Home invasion and such is unheard of here, and the riskiest thing I do is visit WalMart after dark. Still, I see personal and family defense as my responsibility, and wish to discharge it well. I'm huge (400#), and don't even notice the weight of the SP101 in a homemade smartcarry-style holster (so a larger gun may be OK). My hands are large, but I don't really like a huge grip (forget Desert Eagle, of course, as well as some of the fatter double-stack pistols).
My wife and I have been remiss in training, but we have another class coming up and I recently bought a Beretta Neos 22LR pistol (plan: every few weeks we each shoot ~100 rounds of the cheaper 22 and a clip or two with the carry gun to improve/maintain skills). My wife will be carrying a Bersa .380CC, and my 18 y/o daughter is stuck with OC spray (or open carry, which she may choose to do when out for walks - after proper training).
Here are my questions:
- Keep the snubbie or trade?
- If keep, suggestions to address capacity concerns (strips/quickloaders/etc)?
- If trade, suggestions for make/model/capacity while staying near the selling price of the SP101?
- Anything else I need to hear, but didn't think to ask?
I realize, of course, that I should get a big pistol for primary carry, and keep the SP101 for a BUG. I'll lobby for that, too.