The “snub-nosed revolver for a new shooter” meme rears its head again. This particular horse has been beaten and beaten, and yet whenever a female shooter posts it there will invariably be 1 or 2 people that insist that a snubby is a great gun for a new woman shooter.
It’s not. In fact, it’s not a good gun for a new shooter period, man or woman. Because both my co-author and I have touched on this repeatedly, I’ll just do the bullet points version of why a snubby is lousy for a new shooter, period.
- Short sight radius
- Heavy trigger
- Unpleasant recoil
That right there is a cocktail of “how to get someone to never go shooting again”. Yes, snub guns are lightweight and easy to conceal – which are wonderful virtues if you actually practice with the gun. If you just drop a snub nosed revolver in your pocket or purse and never practice with it, you might as well just carry a piece of wood that’s shaped like a gun and painted black. It’d be cheaper than buying a real gun, and will be just as useful as a gun that you don’t practice with.
Update: See, I told you it was settled.