Each morning I ask myself, “Should I carry my S&W J-Frame pistol today? It is so light I almost don’t know it’s in my bag. Or perhaps this Ruger .380 LCP, or maybe my S&W M&P Shield? How about the S&W Bodyguard? I will be out after dark tonight, and the Crimson Trace laser might be a handy tool to have.” Decisions, decisions.

Many women choose to carry a revolver because it is simple to operate, with few controls to manipulate beyond the trigger itself. Revolvers are also nearly malfunction-free, though malfunctions do sometimes occur (prevented with regular maintenance and the use of quality ammunition). The good news is that if the revolver fails to fire, just pull the trigger again.

Revolvers also have a long trigger pull, which may slow your shot down or cause you to flinch or yank the trigger. The long trigger pull is due to how the mechanism rotates the cylinder to make the weapon fire. Many times revolvers are carried in a purse, fanny pack, or pocket or ankle holster. On the flipside, it is possible that the long trigger pull will make the gun less likely to go off when you don’t want it to.

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  • hetdoc

    That does not look like the Ruger LCR I have in my pocket…

  • tanstaafl2

    It would be better to pick one gun and stick with it, so you are intimately familiar with it, rather than decide which one you fancy carrying today and being less familiar with it.

  • Bill from Boomhower, Texas

    I carry a Colt Agent that I bought in’88. However, I want to buy some sort of 1911 in .45acp. I like the idea of no sights on the Colt New Agent, but I’m not sure what kind I’ll wind up with. I’m not sure about the double-actions. I like the idea of cut- down bbl, and really would like to have one with a shortened grip and magazine, but guns like that usually are out of reach of my finances. If I do find one like that, I plan to bob the hammer and use small boot grips and an ankle rig.

  • Tx Gun Gal

    For self defense I carry a Ruger .38 LCR, loaded with hollow points. Fine motor skills go soulh in life or death situations, point & shoot is less risk of jams, for me. I have plenty of pistols I shoot at the range. Recently acquired a Ruger 9mm revolver with moon clips, it may replace the LCR. If you practice moon clip reload are easier and quicker than a regular reloader or strips