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    Ok before you get your britches snug tight and spout 9mm is better dummy, there's a twist to this. Here we go.... Took my father in law shooting. Hes looking for a 44 Special, the Charter Arms Nitride, though he never shot a revolver and its been many moons since he used a firearm - besides in the NRA training. Marine Vietnam vet so the only pistol from what I understsnd was the use of the 1911 in the Marines.

    In the range we used some 357 Magnums for short barrel firearms and some 38 Specials and some 38 Special +P in a short barrel 357 Magnum. Tried getting somewhat close to the what the ballistics of the 44 Special.

    Looking at the ballistics and not bullet density, I felt the 135gr 357 Magnum short barrel cartridge would be round the ball park for a 180gr 44 Special, in ballistic numbers. He shot well with it for the first time shooting a revolver, even with his hands shaken. He felt it was still a bit much so he wanted to try the 38 Special. He liked this much more and now is looking at buying the 357 Magnum in a short barrel n use 38 Specials.

    My question is .... Would a 9mm revolver be better then the 38 Special in the 2" - 2 1/2" barreled revolver? Not semi-auto. I do not have 9mm revolver or know of ny ballistics from some 9mm revolver. I'm sure this unicorn of a firearm (joking, I know they make them) would not be found for rent at the range. Hard enough trying to find a range that has a 44 Magnum or 44 Special to rent round here. Would the 9mm still be better out of the revolver?

    He kept asking bout the 9mm revolver and I have no information if it would be better or not. I do know he needs to shoot what he can hit the target with best and that practice is everything. I don't want to steer him wrong so I explained to him that I would find out.
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    I would take him back to the range and let him shoot a 9mm auto. More rounds than a revolver and lighter.

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    He's set on the revolver. One - is he will be getting one great deal from s firearm manufacture and Second - they offered him a personalized serial number of his picking. So with him wanting a revolver in the first place and these two other incentives, he is set on the revolver.
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    No, a 9mm revolver will have a LOT more recoil in a snubby. Either go with a 9mm semi or get a K frame 3-4" revolver - you didn't say if this was for HD or carry.
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    to me its about the format more than the caliber.

    for the most part for me it would come down to using the moon clips for a concealed carry gun in the 9mm....which i do not want to. i consider the moons fragile and a pain to "moon and de-moon"....as per my experience with a smith 625. Charter does have that pit bull 9mm that requires no moons.....but it seems slow to reload.....and its still more or less new without a proven track record....no one else has jumped on board with this system and it might go the route of "novel".

    i would choose the 38/357 simply due to more choices in revolvers in barrel length and weight and also the different power factors in the broad range of ammo from mild to wild. Carrying a reload is simple as in using a speed strip......which is a lot more concealable and less bulky than a speed loader or a loaded moon.
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    I was in the same line of thinking with the 38/357 revolver. Later on there would be lots of different options to pick from seeing the recoil is n issue. Quoting deputy the "mild to wild" thing.

    No moon clips for a revolver? This might work out good. Much as I like moon clips I dis-like them as much. They easily bend and to loose is the big issue for me. Speed strips would be better for him until he gets the shakiness fixed.

    He was asking bout the 9mm in the revolver, to which I was unsure of. Seen the 9mm revolvers from time to time (I think I seen them, they're like ghosts :) j/j ), knew they were out there only to wonder why someone would want a 9mm revolver. Now to be asked bout them...ya, my only response to him was I will look into it.
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    Ruger makes a current 9mm revolver which is even lighter than the old S&W 940; no THANKS!
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    Stupid me didn't know they made a 9mm revolver. What do you think the re-sale value would be compared to a 38/357? I own a S&W 686.

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    My son’s recent search for a revolver has peaked my interest in a new one for myself. I’ve recently been looking at the EAA Windicator 357 6 shot ether 2” or 4”. Seems like a nice little gun. I’m still checking reviews.

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    I have snubs and 4" and 6" revolvers - if I was looking for a 38 or 357 for carry; I'd want a 3" barrel; that way the ejector rod is full length to eject the empties for a reload. Kimber makes a 3' 6 shot small revolver definitely worth the look.
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