These days the revolver is known as the gun of cowboys and old men. The revolver has been largely replaced by the automatic handgun for several reasons. The automatic does offer some advantages over the revolver, for example it has a larger capacity, is easier to reload, and a polymer frame full sized handgun is often cheaper than an all steel full sized revolver.
With all that being said does the revolver still have a place in prepper’s self defence arsenal over the automatic?
I believe it does.
Specifically I believe the .357 Magnum, full sized revolver is still a viable option for a few different reasons. The revolver does have a few benefits over the automatic, including ease of use, and easy to clean, ammunition malfunctions only require the user to pull the trigger again, and revolvers do not have to depend on magazines to function appropriately.
Of course the 357 Magnum is sufficiently powerful to take a man down. Not only that, it’s a powerful enough cartridge to take medium game like deer and hogs humanely, and can do it over ranges of fifty yard easily. In fact an experienced shooter could stretch it out to one hundred yards, and possibly to one hundred and fifty yards.
The 357 Magnum can also fire the older 38 Special, which is quite common. this allows someone to scavenge two types of ammunition for their weapon. Weapons like the Smith and Wesson Governor can fire 45 ACP, 45 Colt, and 410 shotshells. Revolvers can also function with lower powered ammunition to allow smaller men and women to have an effective, but light recoiling weapon.
The revolver, especially the full sized 357 magnum, is still a viable weapon for preppers. The weapon does have it’s flaws, and I will not say it’s better than the automatic handgun, however I will say for survival purposes it’s just as viable as the automatic.