Breda and Mike took Breda’s mom to the range this weekend, and a rather predictable thing happened. The gunstore clerk recommended a .38 Special Airweight snubby as an ideal defense gun for Breda’s mom.
Now, make no mistake, I have nothing against .38 Special snub nosed guns. But for the life of me, I’ll never understand why so many people are under the impression that these guns are the bee’s knees for first time shooters and women for self-defense. It’s an extremely difficult gun to learn to shoot well – the sight radius is small, recoil can be unpleasant when shooting +P self-defense loads, the trigger pull is long and difficult to master, etc. I’m not saying that women can’t or shouldn’t carry snubbies, but for the life of me I’ll never understand why people think that it’s such a great gun for “first time CCW” people.