What's best for CC? Revolver or Semi

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    Question What's best for CC? Revolver or Semi

    For a gun rookie what's best for ease of use, low mx and easier to shoot. A snubbie or a pocket pistol?

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    How much of a "rookie" are you? If you have little or no firearm experience you really shouldn't be carrying.....

    That said, a small light weight S&W J-frame revolver with mild loads is the simplest and therefore probably safest thing to start with. Not saying it's the best choice long term, but good for a beginner. It does have some recoil, so again it's best suited for someone with a bit of experience. S&W also makes heavier all-steel revolvers - might be a better choice since they present less recoil.
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    Get training.........and shoot lots of different type handguns and calibers. I like and carry both, Semi's and wheel guns. Revolvers tend to be easier, Semi's hold more rounds and are more fun too shoot...
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    Its always a matter of opinion but generally a revolver is easier. The learning curve for the revolver is a little faster. With semis there is always the problem of learning to contend with feed failures or ejection failures. Such things just don't exist with revolvers. Good training course or an instructor can get a beginner through some of these things easily. I like both revolvers and semis. There are a couple of distinct advantages of the semi-auto.
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    I own a variety of both, with all the holster toys. The advantages of capacityand concealabilty of semis is undeniable, but even though I am comfortable and proficient with my semis, I find myself carrying two revolvers most of the time, in pocket and at 5 o'clock. There is something about the pure functionality that attracts me. Pull and shoot. If you need to reload after ten, run. Then re-load. I know that this is a minority perspective, though.
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    I love this topic:

    I would recommend you get trained in safety and basic shooting fundamentals. The key here is to go with what you are comfortable with and can put hot lead on target in a safe and quick manner!
    I have both wheel guns and autos but I find the J fame 38 Spl. just a little harder to be more accurate with. Most of the gun dealers with indoor ranges have rental guns, go an try a few!


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    No rules, really.
    My wife and I are both big-bore competition level handgun shooters.
    She loves her S&W .357 Scandium, I hate it.
    I love my Glock 26, she hates it ...

    You already got good advice, but ultimately it your choice.
    However, remember that when the chips come down, the software (what's between your ears = training) is way more important than the harware (what you hold in your hands = gun)
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    Both have their plus and minus.

    I like the simplicity of the J frame revolvers and carry two when I'm in my higher risk setting.

    I like the idea of a heavy one for belt use and a lighter one for pocket or shoulder holster use. .357 magnums in a reduced power range works for me.

    A good trigger job helps a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfl View Post
    No rules, really.
    My wife and I are both big-bore competition level handgun shooters.
    She loves her S&W .357 Scandium, I hate it.
    I love my Glock 26, she hates it ...

    You already got good advice, but ultimately it your choice.
    However, remember that when the chips come down, the software (what's between your ears = training) is way more important than the harware (what you hold in your hands = gun)
    I like the software/hardware comment. I have not decided yet if I'm going to do the CC class. (Is that your Sabreliner?)
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    When I first started to CCW, I started with a semi...

    I had used revolvers for many years for hunting, but never carried a weapon on my person 24/7.
    I beleive that you could find either to be acceptable with some training. If I were starting all over again, I would still go the semi route...OMO!

    YOU have to decide, but be sure to take a beginning pistol course somewhere...then you'll have no trouble deciding which to choose.
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    A semi-auto is, in general, a better choice IMO.
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    I believe a point and shoot gun overall is the best thing ofr a beginner. Not a gun with safeties and switches to manipulate. Something like a revo or a Glock. Load it, carry it, shoot it.
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    Its up to you. Obviously the revolver is way easier to shoot, point and shoot. Semis can be easy to shoot, but you must know how your gun works in order to deal with any problems that arise. With revolvers that just doesn't happen. I agree with everyone, and try and shoot both before you decide, that way you know what is best for you.
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    Either will be good

    Shoot both and find which you like best
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    The one you're most comfortable with. Everything else is irrelevant as long as you're carrying an effective caliber (.38 +p and up).
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