Pistol v revolver for seldom use

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    Question Pistol v revolver for seldom use

    I am a total newbie with guns but feel obligated to protect my family. I will purchase a gun tomorrow but am somewhat torn on revolver vs a pistol. Specifically I am considering a Taurus revolver vs a glock. The reason I am favoring a revolver is reliability. I will not be touching the gun except a few times where I take it to the range to get comfortable within the first few months. God willing it will sit in my safe after that and I'll never need to use it. My questions for the resident experts are

    1) should I consider a pistol (eg glock) if I will go years without touching the gun or just stick with a revolver

    2) is a 38 special sufficient stopping power

    FYI I would prefer a pump action shotgun but the wife is squeamish around guns and an out of sight revolver in a bedside biometric safe is the next best thing per my research. Also I have small children around.

    Thanks for ur insight.
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    1) No
    2) Yes, but I would go with a medium frame S&W, Ruger, or Colt (even used would be better than Taurus IMHO).
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    I would seriously consider the Glock 19, in 9mm. Gen 3 if you can find one, Gen 4, if not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5lima30ret View Post
    1) No
    2) Yes, but I would go with a medium frame S&W, Ruger, or Colt (even used would be better than Taurus IMHO).
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    if it's not conceivable for you to carry, you could even consider a 7 or 8 shot .357(it will accept .38's, but the bigger gun will recoil about the same as the smaller gun w.38). it will be a bigger gun, but will get you a few more shots. should be more accurate too. 3-4" barrel seems the right choice here.
    ...just thorwing an option.

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    The wife has a Taurus Public Defender that's done good so far. I have had S&W Colt and Ruger that have done good for decades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StormRhydr View Post
    I would seriously consider the Glock 19, in 9mm. Gen 3 if you can find one, Gen 4, if not.
    something that's admittedly gonna sit a safe for years? can't do that to a auto's magazine. sure, you can load the mag 90% and that SHOULD keep the spring form losing memory, but i wouldn't bet on that. for that kind of storage, revolver is the only choice. IMHO.

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    If you go the revolver route, you'd be better off with a Ruger or an S&W.
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    If you are not going to use the gun often - learn how to clear jams, failures to fire, etc. - then I would suggest a revolver. They are much more forgiving to limp wristing, there is no "slide biting" if you cross your thumb behind the back strap, etc.

    I would also suggest at least a K-Frame Smith & Wesson (Model 10, 19, 66, etc.) or a slightly heavier L-frame S&W with 7 shots, i.e., a S&W 686+ with a 4" barrel.

    I have a 686+ for Home defense, and I load it with .38 special +p ammo.

    I do strongly suggest you take it to the range every few months to stay familiar with it.
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    Welcome to DC Blkhawk. Lots of great folks who have a wealth of knowledge.
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    If you are never going to use it, then just buy anything. It doesn't matter.
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    Welcome aboard from Orygun. Lots of good recommendations here. I recommend buying a Ruger or S&W revolver, shooting it every few months, and cleaning and oiling it often to prevent rust and seizing when you may need it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kavalander View Post
    something that's admittedly gonna sit a safe for years? can't do that to a auto's magazine. sure, you can load the mag 90% and that SHOULD keep the spring form losing memory, but i wouldn't bet on that. for that kind of storage, revolver is the only choice. IMHO.
    No. Thats an old wives tale. Keeping a mag under tension from being loaded is just fine. Its the constant loading & reloading that will wear out the springs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StormRhydr View Post
    No. Thats an old wives tale. Keeping a mag under tension from being loaded is just fine. Its the constant loading & reloading that will wear out the springs.
    When I was in the Army I shot 1911's and magazines that had been loaded and stored in ammo cans since WWII.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blkhawk661 View Post
    I am a total newbie with guns but feel obligated to protect my family. I will purchase a gun tomorrow but am somewhat torn on revolver vs a pistol. Specifically I am considering a Taurus revolver vs a glock. The reason I am favoring a revolver is reliability. I will not be touching the gun except a few times where I take it to the range to get comfortable within the first few months. God willing it will sit in my safe after that and I'll never need to use it. My questions for the resident experts are

    1) should I consider a pistol (eg glock) if I will go years without touching the gun or just stick with a revolver

    2) is a 38 special sufficient stopping power

    FYI I would prefer a pump action shotgun but the wife is squeamish around guns and an out of sight revolver in a bedside biometric safe is the next best thing per my research. Also I have small children around.

    Thanks for ur insight.
    I would avoid the Taurus like the plague. Many people like them, I do not trust them. A revolver is not a bad choice for your use.
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    10 - 1 he gets the Taurus.....
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