So, as I'm cleaning the backup Airweight, I start to think-- I really wonder what the best combat pistol would really be. I was in the Army for almost a decade, and always had a Beretta 92F. Good and accurate pistol to say the least. But, the little S&W in my hand got me thinking about what I would really want in an extended combat situations: A. Semi auto; or B. Revolver.
They both have their pros and cons:
Semi-- larger carry; faster reloads; easier to carry mags instead of speed loaders; better second shot with recoil parallel to arm instead of perpendicular.
But, here is what gets me thinking that a revolver might be better-- simple mechanics. There's less chance of grit and dirt causing a jam. They are much easier to take apart and clean and generally speaking, unless you really do some damage to them, they are pretty darn reliable.
I know, I know people are gonna spout the 1911 and so on. I'll take my Kimber or HK45 any day of the week in a fight, but in a lengthy combat scenario, where I'm out in the field for weeks/months at a time, a S&W Model 686 might just top my list.
Am I way off base here?