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The Myth of the .38 Snub Nose Revolver as a Good First Gun

We’ve all seen it in a gun shop. Maybe we’ve even been the recipient of the sales pitch.

“Looking for a first gun, huh? Well you can’t go wrong with a .38 snub nose revolver. We have this super lightweight titanium model here, weighs next to nothing. Here, let me get you some +P+ rounds for it…”

I’m not sure when the snub nose revolver became the de-facto choice for a first gun, or why gun shops push them in this role so hard. You see them especially pushed on women.

However, mastering a snub nose, especially one of the newer, ultra-light weight models, especially with high pressure loads, is one of the hardest things to master. It requires tons of practice with a gun that really isn’t too much fun to shoot. This is especially true of more modern revolvers which often incorporate additional internal safeties which makes the trigger pull even longer and heavier.


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