Bears, Cougars & Dirtbags Beware…There’s A New Sheriff In Town

One can argue the revolver’s ascendancy as a weapon for self-defense was eclipsed decades ago by the autoloader. As someone who finally retired his five-shot, S&W 649 snubnose .38 Special revolver for an eleven shot, Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm, scarcely bigger, I mostly agree … mostly. In circumstances where the threat will not only kill you but eat you too, the superior reliability and stopping power of the .357 Magnum revolver trumps any autoloader. If you can handle a .41 or .44 Magnum revolver, better still, but for most folks, the .357 Magnum is a manageable compromise between power and shootability.

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