As some of you know I switched off duty carry platforms at the beginning of the year.
I'm currently carrying a Single Action Autoloader as my primary off duty gun. Prior to that I was carrying revolvers. Today I had an epiphany and may go back to carrying revolvers off duty with a BUG autoloader in the truck as a dedicated truck gun.
Revolvers are simple. I can hand one to anyone with basic firearms training and they can use it for the first five or six rounds with no problems. I can't say that about the various autoloaders out there.
Revolvers are less prone to malfunctions. While the autoloader that malfunctions is quicker and generally easier to clear, and get the gun up and running again, it's not unheard of for someone to go their entire shooting career without a malfunction with a revolver. I've had two malfunctions with a revolver, and my brother has had one. Mine was ammo related in one and the other was due to the "Hillary Hole" that S&W is putting on their new revolvers. My brother's malfunction was due to the Ejector Rod backing out. He discovered this in the middle of a gunfight.
I am an advocate of carrying multiple guns, so the capacity of one gun is not so much of a concern to me. The ease of reloading the autoloader is a definate plus in it's favor, but for a defensive gun I don't think it's as much of a concern. My tactic is to drop the gun and draw another.
Revolvers are easier to shoot more accurately in my expirience. I'm not a competition shooter, but I do like to shoot fast and accurately, which is the name of the game in winning a gunfight according to those that have been involved in them.
I have admitted frequently on this forum, and others, as well as in real life that I love the .357 Magnum "King of the Street" loading. Yes, you can light a cigar 12' from the end of the barrel. I liken it to a mini-flashbang grenade. It has had it's failures, but every caliber has.
When I carry a revolver I carry three of them. I also carry at least four reloads, but my preferred tactic is to draw another gun when one runs dry. Don't get me wrong, I love my P35 too.
Some people say that hiding a revolver is hard to do, but that has not been my expirience. I've managed to effectively conceal a 4" N-Frame in an OWB Holster with only a Polo Shirt.
Revolvers are viewed as a non-LEO weapons these days by the general public and "not as threatening as an autoloader" from my various talks with non-gun enthusiast. Revolvers also force you to focus on your sights and your tactics because you have a very limited supply of ammunition. That's not really a bad thing when every bullet you fire has a lawyer attatched to it. The also seem to point really well for me, much the same with a Hi Power or a 1911.
If I could carry only one gun concealed at a time it would probably be an autoloader. Since I have no limitation on the number of guns I can carry off duty one of them is always a revolver. For a BUG the revolver makes a better choice in my opinion if it's carried on the ankle or in the pocket.
Sorry for the rambling. I just have too much on my mind tonight and too many choices in the safe.