What’s the downside to ditching a modern double-stack semi-automatic as an everyday carry pistol in favor of a revolver? You lose ammo capacity and the ability to reload quickly, but is that all you have to give up? And what advantages might be had by carrying and training with the revolver that we don’t normally think of? That’s what I aim to find out in searching for a carry revolver to temporarily replace my trusty S&W M&P 9mm compact.
Since 1935, Smith & Wesson has made dozens of different .357 Mag. revolvers. They have been available with five-, six-, seven- and eight-round-capacity cylinders and four different frame sizes. Obviously, there has been plenty of variety, so a new version might seem redundant. The new Model 386 Night Guard in .357 Mag., however, offers a unique combination of features and is therefore a fresh choice for those in the market for a defensive revolver. In S&W’s complex numbering system, the “3” indicates a lightweight gun and the “86” is the model, with the “Night Guard” indicating a feature and finish option.
Thinking of buying a wheel gun for a CCW besides my semi-autos. These 2 are top of my list. Any opinions on these? I want a full grip, hence, no J frames for me.