In recent months, I've started to feel the pull of the all mighty American icon, the handgun. I've debated myself to an impasse, so here are the options I'm considering.
1. A small frame .357 wheelgun. I'm probably going to buy a Taurus due to their low cost and having a dealership within convenient distance of me. If I do go revolver, I'm planning on buying a .357 and getting a feel for it using .38 SP and transitioning to the .357 after I get used to working the gun. For the weight, size, and simplicity of use that a small frame revolver would offer, especially combined with the stopping power of a .357 round, makes this a tempting choice.
2. A 9mm automatic. Again, no particular brand in mind, but I'm probably going Glock just for convenience. While a 9mm isn't a "one shot drop" if non-lethal results occur, the increased magazine capacity and managable recoil have kept this one on my mind.
3. A high caliber automatic. .45 ACP or .40 S&W are the two most likely candidates, with .45 ACP being the lead choice because its a firmly established round. I'm not sure how hard a high caliber automatic actually kicks, but I may not wish to have one simply due to the difficulty of controlling the recoil. After all, I can drill a hostile with a .45 and knock him on his ass, but if I can't re-acquire a sight in time to stop his buddy, its a moot.
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